Dear AVS comunity,
I am taking the leap into the Projection world and have found your forum invaluable for information, thanks. I wanted to run my idea for the setup by you guys before I take the plunge and get the materials. I have found a good second hand Panny so that shuld be arriving next week.
The projector is going to be setup in the basement. It has a low ceiling (8 1/2 feet). It is clear apart from the roof supports which divide it down the middle. The walls are currently very light color so I intend to put up velvet pannelling within the viewing area. The paneling will also serve to separate the viewing area from the rest of the basement.
A pic of the intended setup:
There are two small windows in the basement that I intend to cover up with light blocking vinyl, attached to velcrow fixed to wood batons. Another idea I got from here.
I realise that having a low sealing and the wall to the right pretty close restricts my screen size, but I would like to go as big as possible.
Having studied the Pannys output I hoped to go with a 142" diagonal 2.35:1 screen, as I will mainly be using it for movies and because the panny has the lens memory function so I can easily keep the constant height for xbox gaming. With that in mind I was also intending to make some simple horizontal blinds out of the velvet to blank the screen when in 16:9.
The projector calculator tells me that I will achieve about 13fl with this setup which I realise is not a whole lot. This puts the projector 16' from the screen and keeps some zoom in reserve. I am keen to DIY and have looked with great interest through the Silver Fire and Maxxmud threads. I also looked at the spandex ideas but realise they have less benefit in terms of gain, something I think I need.
1. Whats screen would be best for this setup?
2. Am I going too big?
3. If you would recommend a painted screen, what mix should I be using?
4. Is there anything about my setup in general you would change? (I have pretty limited funds for this).
Thanks v much for your comments in advance, and for your forums info in genral.