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Hello All,
I am putting in a home theater in a 15' x 19' (10' high) room with a 130" screen. After initial research, I have some questions.

1. THROW DISTANCE: Right now I'm considering the Sony VPL-HW50ES projector, but there will probably be a new model by the time I install. On the projector central calculator, it states the projector can be installed between 13'3" and 20 feet. Is it better to install closer (say 14 feet) so the image is brighter? does 2 or 3 feet back (say 16 to 17 feet) dim the image? Does a 14' throw accomodate most screens in the 3,000 to 6,000 price range? Has anyone put a 140" screen in a room this size?

2 .PRE-WIRING the projector. I've been told an electrical outlet, an HDMI cable (or cat 5/6 with converter) and 3 CAT 5/6 cables would be sufficient for the future. Thoughts?

3. 10 SURROUNDS Since my room is relatively small, I am considering putting 4 smaller surrounds over the front row and six in the rear. The thought being that smaller and spread out surround speakers would not "blast the viewer sitting next to those speakers and make a more diffuse surround stage. This was recommended to me by a professional sound mixer. Thoughts? Has anyone tried this?

4. CONTROL4 I want to prewire for Control 4. I probably wouldn't integrate the Lutron Ra system as it is above my price range, but what pre-wire do I need? Do I need an R232 wire to the projector or can I convert a Cat 5/6 cable?


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