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Basement theater questions

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I just moved into my new house, and decided to set up a projector in my basement (Projector newbie). I have an Epson HC2000 for a projector with a throw ratio of 1.22 - 1.47. The area of the basement I'm looking at has two "cut out" areas as shown in the pics attached. I want to put the seating area in the lower ceiling area (picture 1), and the screen in the higher ceiling area (picture 2). The screen side cut out is has dimensions of 110" (9'2") wide, 85 1/2 " (7' 1.5" )height, and is approximately 18" deep. The distance to the other side of the room is 213" (17' 9") and 101 1/2 " (8' 5 1/2 ") wide. The ceiling height is the same 85 1/2 ", except for the final 62 " where the ceiling drops down to 76" (6' 4") due to the header and duct work. I was thinking about putting the seating area at this cut out (Picture 1). I was planning on getting a 100" Elite motorized screen to put at picture 2, which should give me about 6" on either side. According to the projection calculator, my throw range is between 8'11" and 10'9", and seating distance is 10'2" - 16' which should work. I had originally thought about putting the projector on a shelf where the header is at the seating cut out, or should I use a ceiling mount a bit further up? The windows will be covered, so I can control the light. I was thinking about going with a dark grey or chocolate color wall, and a dark shaded ceiling. I was thinking about putting the speakers to either side of screen, and the center channel either at top or bottom of screen, and left, right , and center rear speakers behind seating. Any thoughts on this idea?
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In my basement, I have the Epson HC2000. What I did (before I found this forum) was to move it around and try it on the wall in different arrangements to see what worked best (position, screen size, outside light, etc.). I finally mounted it and decided to use the wall (which I prepared) as a screen. It is up over the seating and out of the way. With it on "eco" we don't even notice the fan once the movie (or show) gets cranked up.


On my other projector, I keep it on a shelf in another room and that arrangement works well because I sometimes use it outdoors and in the main family room so I need it easy to move.
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In my basement, I have the Epson HC2000. What I did (before I found this forum) was to move it around and try it on the wall in different arrangements to see what worked best (position, screen size, outside light, etc.). I finally mounted it and decided to use the wall (which I prepared) as a screen. It is up over the seating and out of the way. With it on "eco" we don't even notice the fan once the movie (or show) gets cranked up.


On my other projector, I keep it on a shelf in another room and that arrangement works well because I sometimes use it outdoors and in the main family room so I need it easy to move.
Thanks Steve. I was worried about fan noise if it is above my head with the ceiling being so low.
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