Originally Posted by steve1106
Sounds like your friend might be using a cheap 800x600 projector. I started with one (has 1080 hdmi feed but a 800x600 image) and as I increased the image size over a couple of months the screen door effect caused by lack of pixels began to drive me crazy. (Of course, my wife and girls were fine with the picture, but I have to get after the wife to watch HD on my 70 inch TV verses low def. She claims not to notice the difference.)
I use it on a 92 inch screen now and the image is good with a 1080 source. When I project in on the family room wall at around 14 feet wide, the image is okay when you get back 30 feet. Any closer and the pixel squares are "wow" in size which sounds like what you experienced at your friends house. Add in a non-1080 source such as a DVD or non-hd TV source, and the image is almost unwatchable on a large screen.
thanks for this - seriously the Empire Strikes Back DVD made me nauseous. It was that bad.
Nighthawk, we went deck but it cost us dearly. The flip side was to have a nearly unusable backyard though.
Thanks for all the replies and continued interest - I had forgotten that I turned off email notifications and thought you guys didn't care about me any more.
I made a big step this weekend. I bought a sh*tload of blackout material on ebay (110" x 200") so I can get a proper screen going and start testing some setups.
I recently walked downstairs and thought to myself, "you know the narrow side of the basement would be a hell of a lot easier to do this project". I keep looking at how low those vents are on the first floor and how wide they are and it's giving me heartburn. It's 12'6" wide on one side, 9' on the other and the vents are about 3' wide and hang down about 9".
The thing is I think I have to go down to 2 seats wide with the narrow side. One thing's for sure - the entire setup would get a whole lot more "intimate" on the narrow side.
According to this page - http://www.diymovierooms.com/Home-Th...Shape-and-Size
- theaters dimensions should be "Room width should be 1.6 times the height and the length should be 2.6 times the room height...". My ceiling is 93" which would make 9' a tad too narrow.
And then of course I could always go across the front of both of those pictures but then I've got a big beam hanging down in the middle of the room. That's 10.5' wide.
I don't know - I keep going in circles on this damn thing
Hopefully having a screen will make it a bit more obvious as far as what works and what doesn't.