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Old 12-05-2011, 07:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I am verry patiently awaiting an Epson 8350 shipment from a black friday deal I pulled the trigger on. Brand new to projectors in my OWN home, but my dad's been in this game for a while.

The audio is wired up and my media closet is pretty much buttoned up. The power cord and HDMI's are hanging where my projector "theoretically' should be mounted. The mount will be here tomorrow, and I'm hoping the finally within a couple of days the 8350!

I ran 2 HDMI's 1 Blue Jean 24' and a cheapy $10 25' HDMI as an experiment to see if there is a difference in picture quality.

I have a lighter marble floor and lighter walls so I decided to go 2 coats Kilz 2 Primer and 2 coats SilverScreen. My wall wasn't perfect before the primer so I mud and sanded ever so slightly the flaws. I am impressed with how the painted wall came out, although concerned it might be too grey. I might just be accustomed to the old "whiter wall" or my dad's setup and older projector where he needs a white wall.

The image will hopefully be projected at 149" 16:9. I'm a bit concerned as I have a heat duct hanging down. The projector will sit almost 20' back so hopefully this will not be an issue with line of sight and my mount...hopefully.

I have a basic Win7 HTPC and a PS3 I will be hooking up to this so nothing crazy. I bought it for movies mainly.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:25 PM - Thread Starter
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Oh. I see the epson distance calc is showing my setup might not allow for the size image I originally thought.

Image height is my contraint right now at 73" with my speakers on the ground...unless that dang drop ceiling gets in my way.

Gonna run some calcs, originally I was using a tool from another "site".
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This calculator is better than the Epson one.

http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com/

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Here's a trick to make sure the projector will clear your beam/drop ceiling.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...44&postcount=2

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Here's a trick to make sure the projector will clear your beam/drop ceiling.

Thanks for this string trick! I am on it.
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Oooh boy, my 8350 just got delivered to the office! This is going to be a LONG day at work.
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are you feeling ok today? you look a little sick. Maybe you should go home and get better
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*cough* *cough*, I do feel a little tickle in my throat.

I've been pondering how the heck I am going to determine the position and location of this projector, it will be on a ceiling mount...but getting the mount in position so the image is right will be fun.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:22 AM - Thread Starter
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Just posting a pic to show how low my projector needs to be mounted to clear the bulkhead + the 8350 lens shift functionality.

I actually need to drop the mount probably less than 1/4' because it isn't QUITE low enough to eliminate a slight keystone issue I have without the image getting cut by the bulkhead.
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Just curious, what did you end up with for your image size on the wall? Are you happy with the results?
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Yes, I am very happy, if you want to see some of the video tests I ran you can watch them here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/korygrandy

If there were a complaint it would be with the quality of small text, but this is not a complaint of the 8350 moreso thant it is all projectors in general.

As you can see, I sit about 20' away from my 144" which I originally thought would be TOO big, but after getting positive responses form other viewers in my house, they think it works just fine.
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Adding some pics for reference, and in hopes of maybe some tips on improving image for sports viewing. Will edit to post settings if anyone wants.
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screen to close to the WHITE ceiling
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Very nice picks! Thanks!
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screen to close to the WHITE ceiling

No, the WHITE ceiling is too close to my screen


I thought about painting the drop ceiling and tiles a gray or something, but I think without painting it black it will still show a reflection, so I live with it.

I wil be painting the surrounding walls darker and throwing down some rugs to reduce glare from the tile, all in due time.

If I get bored enough this winter, I have a gallon of Behr Ultra Pure White I might slap on a sample piece of sheetrock to see how the gray gain screen and behr ultra pure white compare in my particular setup.

I will post more pics as things progress,
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If you are going to go white, Sherwin Williams Extra White in the product ProClassic Satin finish has been shown to give very good results. I believe projector central has an article on DIY painted screens
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If you are going to go white, Sherwin Williams Extra White in the product ProClassic Satin finish has been shown to give very good results. I believe projector central has an article on DIY painted screens

Ahh I think you may be referring to:
Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Smooth Enamel Satin Extra White, # B20 W 51

I might give it a try. The more and more I stare at the screen, the more picky I get which is not good.

I might pick a quart of this up and see how it compares on my particular setup. I am just worried I might have more gain than needed right now.
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I thought about painting the drop ceiling and tiles a gray or something, but I think without painting it black it will still show a reflection, so I live with it.

I was debating the same problem. I had a big bolt of black felt left over from my frame construction, and decided to try to wrap the tiles in it to see how it would work. Was surprisingly easy - just cut the fabric to size and staple to the back. I did it for the first 2 rows of the ceiling closets to the screen. It really sucks up all the light, much better than just flat black paint would!

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Adding some pics for reference, and in hopes of maybe some tips on improving image for sports viewing. Will edit to post settings if anyone wants.

those look like a tile ceiling ? yes?
if you have extra tiles, paint some black and put them in
see how you like it
you would need to do the trim surround as well if you keep it...
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Thought I would give an update on my build. I've been busy with life events, getting engaged, buying a new half-ton and fixing stuff on my old house but I have had a little time hear and there to work on the man cave.

I am pretty happy with the screen I painted, and the projector is amazing. I have had complaints about scenes being "too dark" and I'm unsure if I paint the wall Ultra Pure White if that will help at all.

I've also added seating and some cool LED floor rope-light to my setup. It's suuuuper comfy to watch a movie now! I added some light automation using the lutron ir dimmers and am still kind of tweaking that a little bit but there are essentially 3 scenes with 3 zones.

Zone 1: Front Recessed Lighting
Zone 2: Rear Seating Recessing Lighting
Zone 3: Courtesy Floor LED's

Scene1: Pre-Movie
Scene2: Play
Scene3: Pause
Scene4: PowerOff

I MIGHT add a fourth zone and as I mentioned am still tweaking the scenes a bit. Basically Pause blanks the projector, and dims up the lights...would love it if Floor Lights turned all on at this time as well.

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I wanted to let everyone know i sold my home and with that I parted out the Home Theater to a good friend. He now gets the experiences that come along with building a custom DIY home theater and I know he will create a great movie watching experience!

Thanks for all of your support and I will be back in 3months when I begin installing my NEXT home theater into my new Maui home.
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