Wooohooo... Sooooooo excited...
We just bought our first house (a foreclosure) and I was ecstatic to learn it has a fully wired, good-sized media room in the basement! And it's not a room converted to a theater, but rather it was originally designed and built to be one (5 years ago). The room has no windows and a tightly-sealed 3" alder door that, when closed, allows the room to become pitch black. So light is not an issue at all.
The ceiling has 2 rows of five dimmable inset LED's and all the wiring and outlets I could ever want.
The walls are also wired for a 9.1 system. (But I have no speakers, AVR, projector or screen so I have to build this system from the ground up)
The room is a perfect rectangle:length - 24' 8"
width - 10' 1"
ceiling - 9' 10"
The screen wall is beautifully framed in knotty alder and below has 3 rows of component shelves, plus a door on each side with cutouts with speaker material inserts. I can tell there was once a fixed screen on the wall which I assume was removed by the previous owner.
By my measurements, the wood-framed screen area is 8' 8" wide x 5' high
... which (I think) would accommodate 120" screen.Intended uses:
70% -- Movies, movies, movies... I LOVE MOVIES, all kinds!
(I don't really care about 3-D. It sometimes gives me a headache, and I'd rather wait a few years until the technology advances further)
15% -- Football & Baseball
15% -- Television
0% -- Gaming (not my thing)
So... my questions for anyone willing to help are... given this room set up, intended uses & no interest in 3D:
1) what projector would you recommend under $2000. & why?
2) what projector would you recommend under $3000. & why?
3) what would be a good fixed screen for this room, considering ambient light is not an issue?
I would be very appreciative of any advice or ideas any of you might have.