Originally Posted by bgstewar
I'm really interested in getting this projector, but wanted a few opinions. I have a walk-out basement with a window and sliding glass door behind me on the couch. It's very shaded down there and gets very little light.
I was reading that it's recommended to have a projector of at least 2500 lumens if there's any ambient light. Is that really true?
I was hoping to use this for football, movies, weekly shows, etc because the 5.1 setup will be down there. I've never owned a projector. Do you find yourselves not turning it on to watch maybe an hour of TV? Should I keep my plasma as well, like some others are doing? Seems silly to buy a projector if you're not going to use it, but I don't know how long it takes to turn on, warm up, bulb life, etc.
I was going to paint the wall using http://www.projectorcentral.com/pain...Paint-the-Wall
. I know people like the Elite screens, but they're almost $400 for a 120" screen! Painting the wall will be less than $100. Anyone have any strong opinions?
Lastly, what mounts do people like for this projector?
I use this projector during the daytime with ambient light. Ambient light is more of a problem with projectors than it is with flatscreen tv's for sure but I think a lot of people exaggerate the issue. Generally if I'm using it during the day I just close the shades partially. There is still ambient light, plenty to hang out, see what you're doing, etc. but the image is plenty bright enough to see also. I have a 120" screen and I generally use "smart eco" mode if that helps. Some people may demand a completely blacked out room for using a projector as that gives absolutely the best quality, but I find for just normal tv watching dimming things a bit is perfectly fine. From what it sounds like, if your room is shaded, I think you will have no problem with a projector.
I use the projector as my main tv, I watch news, shows, movies, whatever. Yes there is a startup delay but it's nothing major, maybe 15 seconds or so but I haven't actually timed it. Bulb life for the W1070 is rated at 6,000 hours if you run it in "smart eco" mode, which is what I do. You can do the math, at 5 hours a day of tv watching, every single day, it will be over 3 years before you need to replace the bulb, and bulbs run around $100-$200 depending where you buy them. For me this is no problem. I am not worried about using the projector as a tv, knowing that I will have to replace the bulb in a few years, because the cost is not particularly significant. I really like using a projector and the small cost of bulbs is well worth it to me for the enjoyment I get. I know other people feel differently and try to moderate usage to "save" their bulbs, but for me that sort of defeats the whole purpose of buying something nice like this. If you're going to buy it might as well use it.
As for screens, I used the W1070 for a year just projecting onto a white wall. I finally built a screen and was expecting a big improvement but it's not much different from just a white wall. So if you're not sure about screens and you have a white wall you could just try that for awhile. For my screen I bought Carls' blackout cloth on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Carls-Blackout...creen+material
And I built a frame from wood I got at the hardware store. Total cost was about $50 and it took a few hours of work. I like the way the screen looks, very low profile, not intrusive at all.
For the mount I used a generic one from Amazon, this one here: http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Proj...rojector+mount
The mount works perfectly fine once I got everything set up, but it was a little difficult adjusting things. I have a feeling more expensive mounts might be a little easier to adjust. This one you have to basically push things into position and tighten down screws. Hope this helps!