Hey everyone, new guy here. Wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions.
I've spent the past month reading a variety of forums, doing research and liked this forum the best, so decided to join.
A little background info:
My wife and I just bought our first home back in July, and I've been putting together my Man Cave. Its a small room upstairs (roughly a 12'x13' nearly square) where I've placed two couches, glass coffee table, some beers signs etc. I typically use this room to watch movies and play video games on my PS3 since its got the surround sound hooked up and our living room only has a sound bar setup (due to configuration issues).
The entertainment center in the man cave has a Samsung 50" 720p Plasma TV, Sony 5.1 amp, PS3, and a 5.1 surround speaker setup all Sony, except my sub is a Definitive Technologies. All in all my equipment is mediocre compared to many, but it does everything I ask of it, is plenty loud for such a small room, and I'm quite satisfied with it, except one part....the screen. Here's a pic of what I've got so far:
Now, I've always wanted (and now that I own a house can) to get a projector and have a huge screen for movie watching as both my wife and I do that frequently. Getting her to go along with spending thousands of dollars on A/V stuff however, is a different challenge. So I started researching projectors and long story short think I have decided on the Optoma HD20 1080p projector. The hundreds of reviews I've read on it are mostly positive, and most importantly its under $1,000 ($829 last I checked on Amazon). So to try and get my wife on board, I borrowed a projector from my office this past weekend and hooked it up in the Man Cave, where we proceeded to watch Sherlock Holmes 2, Avatar, and MIB 3(again we really like to watch movies
) Within the first 5 minutes of the first movie she looks at me and says "damn this IS pretty cool!" and by the end of Avatar she was pretty much sold on the concept. Here's a shot from Avatar with the borrowed projector, projected onto the wall:
The projector I borrowed is a business class / presentations quality projector so I know there will be some performance differences than that of a "Home Theater" projector. With that said, I was still quite impressed with its performance. The borrowed projector is an Infocus 1503 short throw. (Here's a link to the manufacturer page for specs: http://www.infocus.com/projectors/portable-projectors/infocus-in1500-projector-series/infocus-in1503-portable-projector
) One thing I did notice is that both my wife and I are within that (some say) 5 percentile that is effected by "the rainbow effect" as we both noticed it quite heavily upon watching the first movie, but both agreed that it got better as the movie went on, as if maybe our eyes got used to it? Neither of us noticed almost any at all in Avatar, but MIB 3 for example was more noticeable.
So I did some measurements, and again the room is almost a square shape at 12'x13', the couch sits approx. 10' from the wall that would be projected onto, I know I will get a better outcome with a screen vs. projecting on the wall and I do plan to get a screen once I've got the projector installed and dialed in. I plan to remove the ceiling fan in the room and mount the projector there, which measures approximately 6' off the wall I'll project to. We configured the borrowed projector to create a screen size this weekend that was approx. 7' across and approx 8' diagonally, which seemed to be the perfect size to fill the wall and match up with the entertainment center & speakers that exist there. Here's a sketch:
So my questions go as follows:
-Since the borrowed projector is a presentation style vs home theater style projector, would the rainbow effect be more apparent on the presentation vs. the home theater (ie the Optoma HD20)?
-With experiencing "the rainbow effect" should I start looking into LED projectors vs DLP, even though it didn't ruin my movie watching experience? I've read into the difference between 2x, 4x, 6x speed color wheels and multi-color wheels some having more colors on the wheel than others effecting the "rainbow effect" but can't say I truly understand the details on all that.
-Given the size of the room, desired screen size (roughly 8' diagonally), seating distance from the screen (approx. 10') etc. do I need
1080p or would a cheaper 720p projector be just fine given my source is a PS3 capable of 1080p? I'm thinking I would be foolish to buy anything but a 1080p considering the source and desired size.
-Is the Optoma HD20 even the right choice for me? Or is there other models you would recommend I look into, given the details above?
I really appreciate you taking the time to read this over; I know its long but wanted to give as much detail as possible. Thank you in advance for any replies/input, I'm looking forward to learning more before I make my first step into owning a projector!