Great posts on this (any many others) thread. I'm planning to get an HC 6500 (recent price drops have convinced me to upgrade from the 5500). A few considerations for the esteemed peanut gallery.
My dedicated HT is ~12' W x 18' L.
Ceiling height is ~ 8' 8" but there is a 16 in tall soffit (~24" deep) on all four sides (i.e. screen wall). I'd like to have a 110" screen and can mount the PJ 11.5 ft to 15.5 ft from the screen.
There is a 6 ft deep, 10" high platform across the back of the room for seating - viewing distance is ~ 16 ft. Mr Erskine told me to supply 800 cfm of conditioned air to this space, so I'm using space under the platform as a return plenum (I'll post some pics in a new thread).
Other epqt. includes:
Panasonic blu ray dvd
2 or 3 STBs (and 1 ReplayTV)
Onkyo TX-sr706 a/v receiver
Windows MCE box for movies & music
Any general comments/advice on the configuration would be appreciated.
1st question) Just noticed that the 6500 has 2 hdmi inputs. I only installed one shielded hdmi cable (35'). With the dedicated Onkyo TX-SR706, I have 4 in / 1 out, so I don't think I need to run another hdmi cable. I have another 50 footer on-hand (planned to use it elasewhere), should I go ahead and install it since the sheetrock is going up this week? Note, I also have a high quality component cable - my plan was to have 1 hdmi and the 35ft component video cable from the eqpt stack to the PJ.
2) Any first hand experience with a DIY solid screen (mdf or other material) that is painted with gray paint designed for video screen application? I've read about this recently but cannot find a thread here. CORRECTION - Found it - http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=240074
3) I am willing to consider other PJs. Would like a 1080p, 110" screen. Anything $2k or under will be considered.