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My room is only 11x11 x 9. I had planned inputting in a Panny AE 7000 or Epson 6010 with a n 92" screen. Now I am having second thoughts and just thinking about going with a 70" or 80" Sharp. The picture I inserted shows what 92" would look like vs a 50" Panny. My concerns are is this just to much for a small room and the amount of complaints I see from projector owners.
I would go with a Jamestown HT screen and I can control the light. Some times I like a little light on, however I think with a projector in that small of room there would be plenty of light in the room.

Are my concerns valid?
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I have the same size room with a 106" 2:35.1 Jamestown screen. I could never put a TV back in there. I watch everything on it. You would not be disappointed

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My room is only 11x11 x 9. I had planned inputting in a Panny AE 7000 or Epson 6010 with a n 92" screen. Now I am having second thoughts and just thinking about going with a 70" or 80" Sharp. The picture I inserted shows what 92" would look like vs a 50" Panny. My concerns are is this just to much for a small room and the amount of complaints I see from projector owners.
I would go with a Jamestown HT screen and I can control the light. Some times I like a little light on, however I think with a projector in that small of room there would be plenty of light in the room.

Are my concerns valid?

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I have the same size room with a 106" 2:35.1 Jamestown screen. I could never put a TV back in there. I watch everything on it. You would not be disappointed

Thanks for the reply, I do plan on using it for everything.

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I agree go for it. It would be pretty immersive.

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Had a very similar sized room in my previous house with a 92" HP screen and an old Sanyo Z3 projector. It was an incredibly immersive experience. It took up almost the entirely of one wall. It was so much fun in fact, that it quickly became my go to daily display device. I say go for it! No better wow factor in the world then a wall sized display, haha.
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I don't think you will be sorry for putting in a projector. I can't watch movies on a tv anymore. Just make sure you put into the budget the cost of replacing lamps over the tenure of ownership and use.
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My room is only 11x11 x 9. I had planned inputting in a Panny AE 7000 or Epson 6010 with a n 92" screen. Now I am having second thoughts and just thinking about going with a 70" or 80" Sharp. The picture I inserted shows what 92" would look like vs a 50" Panny. My concerns are is this just to much for a small room and the amount of complaints I see from projector owners.
I would go with a Jamestown HT screen and I can control the light. Some times I like a little light on, however I think with a projector in that small of room there would be plenty of light in the room.

Are my concerns valid?

Complaints by projector owners? Haha. I found out awhile ago, that people mostly come to the forum to complain. Sometimes I make suggestions and another member tells them a story to turn them away. There's always a better screen or projector out there, and there's always something wrong with the better screen or projector. Well, good luck on your search. There's nothing like coming from watching a movie through a glass like a tv, then watching a movie on a screen which is like looking out the window.
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I'm doing the same thing that you are contemplating in my 10' by
11' center bedroom in our mobile home. I'm projecting onto a
100" screen with my Epson 8700 UB projector and am very pleased
with the image I am getting. Actually, this is the 4th projector I
have used in this set up. I say go for it!
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I think it would be pretty awesome, go for it. BTW nice room you have there.

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Definitely do it! I'd go 2.35 in that room.

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Go for it! I had a 110" carada on a 12' wall as my first setup and it ended up being where watched tv, gamed, and movies. It was a bedroom with two windows that I just used vinyl over blinds and then heavy walmart curtains to cover the vinyl. Looked good on the inside and looking from outside just looked like had blinds in the windows.
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I think it would be pretty awesome, go for it. BTW nice room you have there.

Thanks, and that's my old stuff. I upgraded to the Boston Acoustics VS line and added an outlaw audio 7125 amp. Next is replacing my Def Tech SC1 with an SVS and getting a projector.

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Go for it! I had a 110" carada on a 12' wall as my first setup and it ended up being where watched tv, gamed, and movies. It was a bedroom with two windows that I just used vinyl over blinds and then heavy walmart curtains to cover the vinyl. Looked good on the inside and looking from outside just looked like had blinds in the windows.

Interesting, I have a 6' x 7' window I need to cover. Could you explain the vinyl a little more.

Also, thanks to all who commented. I am going to stick with a projector. Now I just how to decide whether I want 3D or not.

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Interesting, I have a 6' x 7' window I need to cover. Could you explain the vinyl a little more.

Also, thanks to all who commented. I am going to stick with a projector. Now I just how to decide whether I want 3D or not.

You can buy some black out curtains from Walmart.com. They do a pretty good job. If this is going to be a dedicated room just get some vinyl from a fabric store and cover the window. Or some good blackout cloth, or even a can of frosted spray paint to cover the window.

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You can buy some black out curtains from Walmart.com. They do a pretty good job. If this is going to be a dedicated room just get some vinyl from a fabric store and cover the window. Or some good blackout cloth, or even a can of frosted spray paint to cover the window.

The only bad thing with the room is that window faces west. I don't think I can black it out though. It's a room in the front of the house right by the walkway into the house so my wife will want it somewhat open during the day. I will try the blackout curtains. They should work during the day and definitely at night.

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JC Penney's web site has better looking blackout curtains just as an FYI.
Blackout curtains are amazing, they can block the sun shining directly through the window to 99% pitch black if you install them right. They get very close to as dark as if a wall was there instead of curtains, again you have to install them correctly.


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JC Penney's web site has better looking blackout curtains just as an FYI.
Blackout curtains are amazing, they can block the sun shining directly through the window to 99% pitch black if you install them right. They get very close to as dark as if a wall was there instead of curtains, again you have to install them correctly.

Yes I'll admit the Walmart curtains do leak light through. They definitely help but I wouldn't say they will block out 99% of light. You might be better off getting the ones from JC Penney's as Coderguy suggested.

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Thanks. It sounds like the ones from JCP will meet the WAF better. Are they actually called blackout curtains?

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Draper makes a roll down version that has a tab that fits the window. You won't even know the shade exists and it blocks 100 percent of the light. If you get any curtain you can sew in blackout cloth to it. As with most things in life tho its cheaper and easier to just buy curtains with the blackout cloth already installed.

There is also a number of fairly economic commercial solutions for powered shades for the wow factor.
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Interesting, I have a 6' x 7' window I need to cover. Could you explain the vinyl a little more.

Also, thanks to all who commented. I am going to stick with a projector. Now I just how to decide whether I want 3D or not.

Just go to any fabric shop or walmart (pretty much anywhere that sells fabric). Get the thickest vinyl they have and pick whatever color you want. I just tacked it up right over my blinds way from the outside it would like like blinds where in the window. Then get some thick curtains of your choice and youre done. Rather simple and totally blocks the light out and keeps the room looking normal other than having closed drapes. Another thing you could do is get the pull down thick window treatment like you see in restaurants and mount them on the room side of blinds. Then you could keep the drapes open if the room needed to function with natural light. Buffalo wind wings has good window treatment that pull down for an example. They have a lot of PJs and their roll down treatment are very slim.

Edit I responded before reading posts after mine. Some others mentioned the pull down treaments and I think that is the way to go if the room needs natural light when not watching the pj. If you went with them your wife could choose any type of window treatments she wants without having to worry about the blackout factor of the actual treatments.
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In my room, I sit 10ft away from a 114in screen. THX suggested high 90in, but Rex from Carada screen, said to me that most people often regret of not going bigger. And he was right as I wish I could have went even bigger! But due to the hight of my subs, center speaker and the bass trap on the ceiling. 114in was the max. I got 1/8 of an inch of play above and below. So 114in was the max for me. But I'm still craving for bigger.

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Make sure you have enough throw / zoom to fill the screen properly...
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My room is only 11x11 x 9. I had planned putting in a Panny AE 7000 or Epson 6010 with a 92" screen.

Do it! My room is 10.5x11.5 feet with an 8-foot ceiling, and the 92" screen is perfect.

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Make sure you have enough throw / zoom to fill the screen properly...

The Epsons (and the Panasonics, I am pretty sure) have just short enough throw (wide enough angle) to fill a 92" screen that hangs close to the wall when mounted close to my opposite wall 10.5 feet away. I do use a right-angle HDMI adapter on the projector so I could mount it close enough to the wall. Lowell has six inches more distance available that will make things easier.

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