HT screen and projector recommendations
I've been reading through a lot of posts and reviews on projectors/screens for a basement home theatre. I was about to purchase a projector but the salesman put a bug in my ear about Ultrawidescreen and i've been back to the drawing board.
My room dimensions are 14 ft wide, 17 1/2 feet long. There is a 16 in valence around the perimeter of the room due to ducting in the ceiling. The wall with the screen is 7 1/2 feet from the bottom of the valence to the floor.
I had a projector space built into the valence at the back of the room. The opening of the valence for the projector is 12 1/2 feet from the wall (roughly). There is some room to move the projector farther back in the space.
My plan is to achieve CIH using the zoom technique and a 2.40 ratio screen.
I have several questions:
1. Any recommendations to a projector to use in this setup? I had been planning on getting a Epson 6030 which says it have the ability to have a anamorphic lens in the future. However, it doesn't have memory settings for zoom between 16:9 and 2.40:1 so I think that rules it out for me. The other I have looked into is the Panasonic AE8000 but am open to other suggestions!
2. I have tried playing with the Projection Calculator Pro on projectorcentral.com to help with screen size and projector distance but it doesn't seem to fit with the size of my room and projectors I'm looking at. I may just setup the projector once I've finalized that and then choose the screen size based on what it looks like in the room.
I'd be happy to hear any other comments about what can help with my choices and moving forward.