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Hi I am a new member and I have been search and doing alot of research for my first projector and I had to make an account to ask a couple of questions First off here is the situation:

Apartment Top floor out of a 3 floor building Medium amount of Sunlight
Living room size is 11.7ft

Projector I am 98% on buying : Optoma HD20 http://www.amazon.com/Optoma-HD20-Definition-Theater-Projector/dp/B002G0CWSU/ref=zg_bs_300334_7
Fixed Screen : Sable Elite Screen 106" http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-ER106WH1-Sable-Fixed/dp/B00366KE42/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Ok so my major questions are is the projector good for average gaming? by gaming I dont mean COD4 or anything you can play online I dont like online games. I do not use the kinect or have a wii or any sort. Its mostly going to be for games like Metal Gear Solid 4 or Uncharted the more Story and Visually amazing games. I also *cough* acquire movies sometimes and they are gonna be nothing but 1080p Large .mkv files. I know the PS3 nor the Xbox 360 can play large .mkv because of their supported file types is there a good media player I can get? I also would like to know If the screen will fit the room? I used a projector Calculator I saw online and they said that the most I can do is about 90" but the amazon listing said for 12ft room = max 110" so the 106 should work? Also Whats good for sound? I do not want to spend alot of money actually less than $150.00 I don't really care about sound that much but I would like something that can go across the room with minimal cables.

to try to control the sunlight I was thinking of installing some frosted glass tint too my balcony door. I already have a set that leads into my office so i think it will look good I looked at curtains and blinds but I hate those things hanging and you have to pull the stupid string thing...I just don't like them.

Heres some Links to the types of games and I can post pictures if you want to help understand what I am going for. Also Im only 21yr and I am doing this on a McDonald employee budget so don't kill me with the suggestions.

Metal Gear Solid 4
http://www.ign.com/games/metal-gear-solid-4-guns-of-the-patriots/ps3-714044

Uncharted
http://www.ign.com/games/dual-pack-uncharted-uncharted-2/ps3-812550

Heavy Rain
http://www.ign.com/games/heavy-rain/ps3-811232

Catherine
http://www.ign.com/games/catherine/ps3-83913
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no one? come on guys? I guess learn by your mistakes maybe I posted this in the spot?
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I have an HD 200x which is basically the same projector and as long as you put up some dark curtains to block the sunlight you should be happy with the projector. I use mine for Xbox 360, PS3, HD satellite, netflix, and streaming from my laptop through either game console from my laptop and as long as the material is good quality the picture should be great. as far as the screen size I would trust the calculator at http://www.projectorcentral.com/projection-calculator-pro.cfm before I trust amazons estimate. For sound it really depends on how much you want to spend. Go to your local retailer and check out a few options and then decide on a setup you are comfortable with and then go shopping.

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yeah that was the calculator I used but do you think a 106 will fit a 11.7ft foot room?
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The Calculator said for 106 is for a 12.7ft room i am new to this projector stuff with the sable screens does it include the border? or the actual screen size because the screen does have a thick border I put the link to the projector I mean amazon does have returns so maybe get it and see if it fits.
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Also Is the throw Distance from the projector changeable? The room it self is only 11.7 ft can I move the projector closer? to get my desired Screen Size?
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Screen size depends on your seating distance from screen. What will that be? Throw distance is a certain range for every projector. With the HD20 and a 106" diagonal screen, the lens would have to be between 11'-7" and 13'-10" from screen. So obviously you need a smaller screen size.
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So the throw is fixed right? I thought I could zoom in and out and stuff?
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So the throw is fixed right? I thought I could zoom in and out and stuff?

Like I said above, the throw distance is adjustable within a couple feet. And yes, you can zoom in and out.
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Ok So I just Bought the Projector found a deal from a pawn shop outside of Detroit ran me about $500 and yeah I was wanting too much with the 106" I did the measurements and 100" max screen size is just fine. I have some picture of the HD20 Its a good Projector but it gets kind of hot when its the right side up when I had it on the table trying it But I am buying the Fixed Sable Screen and it will be here next week so I will update on pictures and stuff I also got the WD live tv. Im not sure if anyone has got this but I wanted it because it plays those MKVs that I like. If anyone has any other devices that they have used let me know
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I have the HD20 with a 106" screen, I love it, I hate watching movies on the TV now. I have decent day time light control in my living room so it's easy to run it on the lower brightness setting.

It is mounted around 11.5 feet back from the wall the screen is on. I made the mistake of not taking into account the distance of the mounts I have the pull down screen on that puts it in front of my 55" wall mounted plasma. I have to have the zoom all the way out get the screen to the full size. I am going to have to move it back a bit so I can have the zoom where I want it for the bigger screen I want.
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Wow this is crazy a 106" fits? I just bought a 100" and my room is 11.7 but mines is a fixed screen so I don't know if that makes a difference but what are you using it for just video? I just got a wd live tv and I'm gonna use it for ps3 games. It's my first time using a projector so I'm tying to get the setup right but did you ceiling mount. Because I am thinking of putting it on a shelf behind the couch
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I don't know if anyone is still reading this but I got an update my hd20 is pretty good for the apartment I put it on the far wall to cut out even more light but some time the projector will just stop picking up the wd tv its kinda weird but I honestly think it's the cables. They are really cheap like $2 for like 2 it was a good deal but it's kinda of choppy sometimes I have some pictures too.

Let me know what you guys think I'm not sure where to put the projector because I want the max size I don't want any black bars. I also gotta look into sounds next...
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OK so iused my logitech speakers some 5.1 surround sound speakers and I added a Soundbar LG. 2.1. Since I am only in a 9ft room it sounds actually nice not bad on a budget I know it's not as good as others on here but for sending roughly $100. On the sound bar its pretty nice. The logitech has nice lows and mids and the Soundbar does good highs. I didn't spend crazy amounts on anything got lucky found my projector for $500 cash on craigs after shopping around for months and I got the sound bar for $50 its a nice setup for people on a budget who can't spend hundreds on a dedicated room but want a big screen. No problems yet with the projector or the sounds I also didn't buy an amp or reciever either never liked those stupid things It's not a bad setup really and other advice would be awesome on possible solutions to put the projector. But I want Max screen size so that distance is perfect and since I am in an apartment they won't bet me put nails in the walls so any clues? For anyone who actually cares.
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More pictures are always useful.
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Here's a picture of the front setup with the Soundbar opinions would be good?
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Since you don't like receivers I won't talk about the benefits of ht speakers and subwoofers. Although I have gotten some great deals, it still adds up. If you like your current sound, stick with in.

Do you have a PS3 for blu-ray viewing?

It seems you have your projector in the kitchen. Can you get some shelving like this http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100162661/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=wire+shelf&storeId=10051#.UJhy4YbOt8E to get the projector out of the way? I don't know how the image adjustment would work though.
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I don't like receivers because I don't see the point of them and I have a very limited space 1 bedroom and a college student budget. Wish I could have a dedicated room but the divider works good. Also yeah I have a PS3 the old fat ones 80 gb always like the Shiny exterior it really looks good
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I like that wire hanging shelf is pretty good but the rental people said they don't want anything under the cabinets but I think I might get by with that.

Here's a better pic of under the cabinets
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Dontmean to sound like a jerk but, that projector set up is ghetto. Get it out of your kitchen man.. at least a shelf or something under cabinet as mentioned.. what if someone sits on the far left of your sofa? Blocks ur picture no?
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no the seating is fine it doesnt block the picture at all. And I am thinking about that shelf but I lose screen size with it being closer. Im not sure how to attach the shelf under the cabinet without causeing any damage remember I am in a apartment i cant mess anything up they esspically told me under the cabinets.
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