I am researching projectors for the home theater shed I plan on building when I return from deployment. I have approx 1500 dollars to spend on a projector. The shed will be 16'x12' and will be completely blacked out. I plan on mounting the projector on the ceiling and using the "Black Widow" paint method for a screen. I'm not sure if I should build a screen frame or paint the drywall directly and I'm open to suggestions. I will be playing computer and console games and watching movies. I plan on using a Klipsch 7.1 surround sound system or maybe 2 subs depending on how it sounds and a Yamaha receiver. I also will be building a Media Center Computer from scratch with 3D capabilities and a Blu Ray player. The main focus on this post is the projector but feel free to comment on the audio as well. I appreciate all of your input and I am looking forward to stepping into the projector family.
But if the new 3d capable machines are what you want. Then the three to look for are Optoma 33/3300, Acer H9500BD, Epson 3010. First two are DLP, Epson is LCD. The 3300 (not the 33 version) and 3010 have the longer warranties. Prices on some may be a little over 1500 but it has been possible at times to find them 1500 or less. You can email an AVS dealer on this site to ask how much the 3300 is.
If you go with the black widow screen, learn from my mistake and spray it on. Unless you are a pro, it will more than likely fail and you will end up with ungodly vertical roll lines that you will easily notice in bright scenes (eg. sky). I was super meticulous and used Floetrol and everything (you couldn't notice the roll lines until you fired up the PJ). The one thing I liked about the screen is the contrast was kept pretty well even in ambient light. If you have a completely light controlled room, you don't need it IMHO and would be best off going with a neutral grey with polycrylic for added gain.
Easiest is to mount your projector, get a blue screen image square with the wall and to the size you want, then use painter's tape just outside the image. Cover the area quite well and spray with a hvlp sprayer diluted around 15-20%. Then get flat baseboard molding wrapped in velvet and frame it in right to the wall. I used nails and "No More Nails" for mine. Yeah, that's going to be a bitch to remove, but I'm not planning on moving, so...
For the money you've saved, get the Optoma HD33. You can get a really good deal right now from a place that rhymes with postco and they will provide their own extended warranty if I'm not mistaken. There, I've done all the work for you. You're welcome.
A newbie and need some suggestions on screens and projector for my family room home theater setup. I have to go for a portable screen and am open for suggestion for tripod or floor resting models, typical usage will be weekends and will need to be folded back for rest of the week. My budget is to keep below 2K with all the accessories. The screen options I am able to see online are Elite and Favi brands with Tripod setup. The ones I am looking at are 16:9 formats. 100” screens are quite big for my setup. 82” Favi (TRI-HD-82) has 71.26 W x 40.16 H display dimensions http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004A7Z1RQ Elite (T92UWH) 92” has 80 W x 45 H http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-Tripod-Portable-Projection/dp/B0007M4W6E/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1332103303&sr=1-1 The plan is to have the projector setup on a tall projector stand, the typical distance between the screen and the stand will be 17-18 feet. The projector stand will be placed behind the sofas facing the screen with a 15-14 feet watching distance. This is not a dark room; there will be some ambient light but not too bad. 2D is my preference; 3D is optional since my existing Onkyo NR807 is not 3D capable. Picture quality and reliability is crucial for me, I am not able to tell among Mitsubishi HC4000, Optima HD33, Acer H9500BD, Epson 3010, and all other options out there which one will be able to fill the 92” or 82” screen with my placement needs. My head is spinning in grasping all these options; I tried the calculator on few of the sponsor sites but cannot determine if it will work with my screen dimensions. I would appreciate some recommendations on projectors that can fit my placement options will be very helpful! Any thoughts on Portable screen will be great as well! Thx
Make sure which ever projector you purchase that they have a good retrun policy.
Nothing like getting a DLP only to find that you see rainbows.
If 3D is not a requirement, for LCD, take a look at the Epson 8350.
Great PQ and low lag.
The Epson is also cheap enough that you could spring for a screen (keep the total at or less than $1500) like the jamestownscreen posted above.
(I would buy his screens on ebay [seller: shoppingdeals]. They seem to have a quicket turn around for delivery. He makes each screen as they are ordered.) He will also custom make a specific size shape as well if needed. Just ask.