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I have a room ready for the conversion. It is 15' wide and 18' long with a 9' high ceiling. Unfortunately it has block walls with 3/4 rigid foam insulation and sheet rock. I am not willing to modify the walls, but I can add some panels to soften them up.

One row of seating.

What is the recommended projector and the biggest screen I can use with good resolution? I can spend about $5,00 on the two pieces, maybe $6.000.

What should my screen configuration be? I only watch movies from Dish or Amazon and things like that.

Should I run a soffit down each side and why?

I have my HVAC under control already ... very comfortable space.

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Put the back of the seating 12 ft from the screen and get a 130 inch wide 2.35:1 format screen. A good first projector is the Panasonic AE8000. $2600. Get an Oppo bluray player $499 and Use Redbox and Netflix for disks of the movies. You won't believe what you've been missing in image quality and soundtrack.

http://www.projectorpeople.com/Panasonic-PTAE8000U/Projector/27643
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Thoughts on the soffit boxes down the length - good/bad/no value?

Blue Ray is nice but just too complicated for me right now.

That is a HUGE screen ... can you tell me why 2.35:1 and do you have a recommendation on a specific one?

Any thoughts on some upholstered panels?

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Thoughts on the soffit boxes down the length - good/bad/no value?

Blue Ray is nice but just too complicated for me right now.

That is a HUGE screen ... can you tell me why 2.35:1 and do you have a recommendation on a specific one?

Any thoughts on some upholstered panels?

Thanks

If Bluray is too complicated you shouldn't be buying a projector.
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If Bluray is too complicated you shouldn't be buying a projector.

Amen to that!
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You were doing fine until you act like an ass hole instead of being helpful.

I just did not want to dampen other folks enthusiasm but, just for you I'll keep it simple and type it slow so you can keep up - to rephrase it - it is a waste of god dam money IMO when there are 18,000 FREE movies available.

Have a nice day.
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Put the back of the seating 12 ft from the screen and get a 130 inch wide 2.35:1 format screen. A good first projector is the Panasonic AE8000. $2600. Get an Oppo bluray player $499 and Use Redbox and Netflix for disks of the movies. You won't believe what you've been missing in image quality and soundtrack.

http://www.projectorpeople.com/Panasonic-PTAE8000U/Projector/27643

Does the AE8000 do anamorphic without an external lens?

I have been considering the Epson 6020ub with a 100" 16:9 screen, because I am height limited. If I can do 2.35, then I can go with a bigger screen. I didn't realize that there were any options for 2.35 under $10K.
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You were doing fine until you act like an ass hole instead of being helpful.

I just did not want to dampen other folks enthusiasm but, just for you I'll keep it simple and type it slow so you can keep up - to rephrase it - it is a waste of god dam money IMO when there are 18,000 FREE movies available.

Have a nice day.

Let me be the first to say that the above comment is inappropriate and uncalled for. By looking at how many post you have made and your joined date it appears that you are new here. Since you are new you would not know this, but you will not find a better person then Big on this or any other site that can help you out.

Your comment that "Blu ray is nice but just to complicated for me right now" is ambiguous at best. You might want to regroup and think twice before shouting out.

Best of luck with your HT...
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^ +1

Not to meantion that IF you go to a large screen, front projection theater.. you will want/need every increase in video resolution available. With the comment of Bluray being too complicated, YOU put forth the idea that YOU couldn't understand or operate a Blueray player. And if that was the assumed case, YOU really wouldn't understand a projector. Big was correct in his assumption as was everyone else in the DEDICATED THEATER forum.

I strongly suggest you do a lot of research and learn for yourself, as you are not going to get any further help from the veteran members with your insults / comments.
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Does the AE8000 do anamorphic without an external lens?

I have been considering the Epson 6020ub with a 100" 16:9 screen, because I am height limited. If I can do 2.35, then I can go with a bigger screen. I didn't realize that there were any options for 2.35 under $10K.

You use the memory zoom feature on the Panny (or a JVC) to do a CIH setup. It is referred to as Poor Man's CIH no additional lens required. Not sure about the Epson.
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I recommend the "EyeClops". Best projector name EVER

http://www.amazon.com/Eyeclops-04959-EyeClops-Mini-Projector/dp/B0024I8H42

It says it works with DVD, Video Games, and Cable! No mention of blu ray so it sounded like a good fit
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- it is a waste of god dam money IMO when there are 18,000 FREE movies available.

I just saved you $1900 on a projector compared to your budget. That is 1266 nights of Bluray rental or about 3 1/2 years at a movie a night.
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While I think you made a good recommendation BIG, I don't think you took the time to compare the AE8000 to the EyeClops.

EyeClops:
  • Kid Friendly
  • Can Run on Batteries
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Has Super LED illumination
  • Only $94.51
  • Easy to use, no complex features
  • cheap replacement bulbs
  • No need to figure out throw distance, projector height, or lens shift, you just hold it!

Panasonic AE8000
  • More adult oriented
  • Must be plugged in to operate
  • Semi-Portable, usually requires a table or mount to operate effectively
  • Heavy
  • Has outdated LCD vs super LED illumination
  • Expensive - $2400
  • Has complicated features that could be confusing
  • replacement bulbs can be expensive
  • getting the picture on the screen requires figuring out mounting location and adjusting the lens.

It's obvious the EyeClops is the superior product. Cheap, Light, simple, newer LED technology
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You use the memory zoom feature on the Panny (or a JVC) to do a CIH setup. It is referred to as Poor Man's CIH no additional lens required.

I have the Panny 4K and it works great for me, and I AM poor. On the 4K you can't turn off the "PROCESSING" mesage every time the ratio changes, which is only mildly annoying and most of the time it happens during the previews that you can't bypass on rental disks. I've only seen it a couple of times during the actual movie. I understand that was fixed for the 8K.

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