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Hey everyone,

Please see the below picture of the setup I wish to have in my basement. I really don't want to have less than a 140'' screen in the basement. Would this be possible with the Epson 8350?

I'm thinking of getting a Wilsonart laminate screen, so I could increase the "grey-ness" of the screen if that will help with setting this up? The basement will pretty much be completely dark w/ no ambient light.

I know all of you are professionals so if someone could just help me with picking the right screen materials and telling me if this could be done it would be greatly appreciated. So close to finally completing the setup!

thanks!
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Hey everyone,

Please see the below picture of the setup I wish to have in my basement. I really don't want to have less than a 140'' screen in the basement. Would this be possible with the Epson 8350?

I'm thinking of getting a Wilsonart laminate screen, so I could increase the "grey-ness" of the screen if that will help with setting this up? The basement will pretty much be completely dark w/ no ambient light.

I know all of you are professionals so if someone could just help me with picking the right screen materials and telling me if this could be done it would be greatly appreciated. So close to finally completing the setup!

thanks!
As long as your room isn't painted/decorated in white, I'd go with a white low gain screen.
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No need for grey in a dark basement. You will want white anyway with a huge screen.
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Ok that sounds good.

Just a few more things...

What are the exact dimensions of the screen for a standard 150 inch viewing. Is it the height and width as stated in the projector calculator? or is there a more standard size? I want the projected image to fit the screen perfectly.

What, in your recommendations, is the best way to approach building this screen myself? BOC Or laminate? Of those two, what sizes and which retailers could I purchase the material from.

Many thanks.
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I doubt youre gonna find laminate in a size to make a 150" screen
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Whats the biggest size of laminate you can buy? And what should my dimensions be to make a 150 inch screen at 16:9

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Whats the biggest size of laminate you can buy? And what should my dimensions be to make a 150 inch screen at 16:9

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74" x 131" and a minimum throw of 14'-9" with a maximum of 31'-4". http://www.projectorcentral.com/Epso...ulator-pro.htm
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Thank you for the response.

Would running a 150'' screen with this projector be "too much"? If no zoom is used it states that image brightness will be 9fl. I'm under the impression that it's too little.

However, if zoom is increased to 1.93... the brightness goes up to 12fl. Can someone please explain this? Zoom results in a brighter image? Should I be using the zoom function in order to get the screen to the size I want - or is that not recommended for image quality, etc.

The largest screen size I can run by having a fl of 12 without any zoom is 127''... that seems too small for a projector that's 1,400$...
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While many will tell you bigger is better -and they're usually right- You'd be supprized how big 120" is! Tape it off on your wall. Sit where you will be sitting. Can you see the entire screen without moving your eyes? If so, go a bit bigger, try the 140-150" range. Can you still see the entire screen without moving your eyes? Now do this NOT from the "sweet spot" but from the closest seat in the house. Same for the farthest away.

My "wall" can accommodate a 160" or so screen, but that'd be almost floor-to-celing and it's uncomfortable for me to watch, 120" was the sweet spot for the entire range of viewing, not to mention it leaves room for stuff on the outside of the screen (speakers, tables, etc).

Just my $.02
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Thank you for the response.

Would running a 150'' screen with this projector be "too much"? If no zoom is used it states that image brightness will be 9fl. I'm under the impression that it's too little.

However, if zoom is increased to 1.93... the brightness goes up to 12fl. Can someone please explain this? Zoom results in a brighter image? Should I be using the zoom function in order to get the screen to the size I want - or is that not recommended for image quality, etc.

The largest screen size I can run by having a fl of 12 without any zoom is 127''... that seems too small for a projector that's 1,400$...
Hi.

Your going to have to construct a BOC Screen and paint a 1.2-1.3 gain coating onto it, or paint the wall itself to accommodate the size screen you want.

You need to Spray this project as the coating will / must contain metallics.
Spraying can be / is easy and affordable. Visit the DIY Screen Forum for detailed info and help along those lines. Or PM me.

Zooming means that you've placed the PJ close enough to the screen that you must Zoom "in" to fill the area. Closer always means brighter. You'll want to allow at least 2' leeway in the closest throw distance because it's never a good idea to place a PJ at either extreme throw location.

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