This will be my home theater/living room build thread. I was looking at the Sharp 80 inch TV to replace my old reliable 61" panny RPCRT TV. I simply could not get it to play my BluRays, even with an HDFuryIII.
I could not figure out a way to mount that TV in a fashion that would not totally dominate the living room. Also, even at 80" it seemed a little puny for my tastes. After some calculations I found that a 135" screen would be ideal for a 15' viewing distance. I approached my bride with my proposal. A budget of $5K (including tax and everything), the living room would be cleaned of tools and debris daily, and a completion date of 12/3.
An over-riding goal was to have as much equipment hidden as possible.
Thus begins my journey where wise men fear to tread.
The first step was to pick out a projector. I selected the Epson 8350 for it's excellent specs, and low price ($1300). Like Mark Kermode, I am not interested in 3D.
Once the projector arrived I set it up temporarily on a shelf, and projected it against a white drop-cloth for proof of concept.
Moved 1/2 of couch to corner of dining room
Moved other half to proposed viewing position
Test at night (IM-O-TEP)
Upgraded DVR Hard Drive. 8 Terabytes, 7200 RPM, 256MB Cache, 4 spindles
The screen arrives, and the beginning of sorrows. 135" electric remote-controlled Elite Screens Cinegray tab-tensioned. Final price $425 brand new including shipping.
To be continued...