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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Lower California
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I'm with you on this.
Started with a 40" Mitsu RPTV back in 1986. Then a 55" ten years later.
Got into HD eleven years ago with a 55" Toshiba Theaterwide and Toshiba DST3000 HD receiver (paid $700 for that). It was pretty much Rudy Maxa and Visions of Italy for a year or so. Plasmas were $9K or so back then.
Helped my affluent friend mount his 50" Pioneer plasma in 2003 that he bought at Costco for $7K. Held on to my RPTV. BY now the Toshiba receiver was fading away, but DirecTV stepped up and replaced it with one of theirs.
Lived with the RPTV for a while longer. Almost sprung for a 50" 720p plasma in 2008 (like my friend's Pioneer but now only $1K). Passed on it, while aforementioned friend upgraded to a 60" Sony LCD and GAVE me his Pioneer plasma.
By now my mom wanted into the action, so we shopped together and she settled on an LG 55" passive 3D set. I gotta say, watching the Olympics in 3D was an eye-opener.
So I managed to get through the whole Plasma era -- yes friends, that era is fading -- without buying one. And by now anything smaller than 70 inches looks -- well, small.
The plan now, with my smallish basement similar in size to yours, is to soundproof it, darken it, and hang an Acer 3D projector (9500). Even though I'll be limited to about a 96 inch screen, the thing that intrigues me about this setup is the prospect of putting the speakers BEHIND the screen and blowing the audio through the screen -- just like a real theater. That's gotta do something for the immersion, aside from the screen size.
When you're dealing with such a small area, you want to maximize your screen size, and placing speakers on each side of the screen really shrinks your available screen width. So, the acoustically transparent screen is a win-win here.