I'm from Portugal and I wanna share with you all my really modest theater & media/game room that I've been, slowly, putting together over the past 3 years
I have to thank all of you for inspiring me to embrace such a "project"!
Meanwhile, sorry for my english!
So, I'll leave you with some pics of the different stages of evolution of my media room:
• the projection wall:
After a lot of thinking, and because my house gets a lot of humidity in winter, I've decided that I wont be building my own screen (or buy one). I'll simply use my white wall and use washable kind of paint. Since i began this project, I've already repainted the wall 2 times.
• wall where the sofa will be installed, as well the projector. The projection distance will be arround 4 meters:
• my old fashioned home cinema system, a Sony TA-KSL7, with almost 10 years and still provides a decent sound (Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS):
• a test that I made with a borrowed 3LCD projector, the Sony VPL-BW7:
Image diagonal should be arround 100 and 110 inches. The DVD player is the Toshiba SD480E that does upscaling of DVD movies to 720p/1080p through HDMI.
As for the projector by Sony, is very quiet and really looks good, but the image quality is a letdown (on a white wall projection). It looses many details in darker scenes even with all the lights turned down.
Meanwhile, a month later, I've boughted an Optoma HD600X.
Besides the projector, I've aquired some extra material so that this project would be possible:
• 21 m of audio cable for the surround speakers;
• 10 m of HDMI cable:
• 10 m of electric cable;
• an HDMI switch:
• standard ceiling mount for the projector:
• 2 wall mounts for the surround speakers;
• some furniture and stuff from IKEA;
• a wireless adapter for my XBOX360:
Until now I'm very happy with the Optoma. Movies and Games (X360) have another "greatness" with a very good picture quality even being projected on my white wall.
I don't have a Blu-ray player. I think I will be transforming one of my desktop PCs into a dedicated media center with Windows 7 and XBMC.