I am about to start a family room build in my basement. Well, I already started more or less (ripped out the carpet that was there). The basement was fully finished however, I bought a foreclosure town home so it needed some TLC. I am finally to the point where I can start making some design decisions.
I have an amazing wife who thinks the bigger the screen the better, how many guys can say that, right? So, I immediately started thinking projector. However, I have a few concerns as to whether that's the right decision for us.
The room which the viewing area would be is about 18x16 with the screen/tv going on the shorter of the two walls due to a window and slider. I know the wife would be opposed to me painting the ceiling black or having really dark walls. This will be a regular hang out spot for the family and friends, and kids when we decide to have them.
I have the ability to have more complete control of lighting in the room. The one window and slider are well shaded from direct sunlight from the deck above, and I have blackout curtains which keep almost all the glow out of the room. But, what I am worried about is when we have kids and parties, etc... There will need to be some lights on to allow for some actual communication and visibility (my wife tells me people like to talk...who knew?)
I plan on installing dimmable recessed lights to give me more control, but I am still worried about the image being washed out due to the light walls, white ceiling, and the potential for some form of lighting to be on during some viewing conditions.
My budget for a projector and screen/ tv is about 2500 dollars.
So, I guess my real question is, with that kind of budget can I expect to get a good 1080p image that won't looked washed out with light colored walls and ceilings with the potential to have some lights on in certain instances? Or am I better off sticking to a big led/plasma? I know projectors have come a long way since last time I have looked into one. Has anyone been successful in a similar scenario?
I have several design options in mind, but I imagine There is a post requirement before I can post an image, so I won't try jut yet...I will seek advice on that very soon...
Thanks for any feedback...