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Good Morning All,

First of all, please forgive my ignorance vis-a-vie projection technology. I have just moved into my new house and the distance b/w my couch and my 50 inch flat panel is 16 feet. I have been shooing for a big screen tv something in the 65-70 range and have stumbled upon projectors which are the same price range as the tvs but would provide a much larger viewing area. However, I have a big pane window in the living room and wanted to check in with the specialists here to see if it makes sense to go the projector route. I am planning on installing black out shades (to save on heating bills) which would block most of the light. I have a few other questions also:

1. How much hustle would it be to use a projector (beyond set up)? I know about the lamp changing but any other thoughts would be welcome.

2. If I decide to go the projector route I will probably need a professional installer who can also help me set up the system (not just an electrician) and was wondering if anyone knows a reputable professional in the Rockland County/Westchester area in NY.

3. Which projector should I choose, I am leaning toward epson 3020e as against BenQ W7000, mainly for the wireless option.

4. Any suggestion on a reasonably priced pull down screen would also be helpful.

Sorry for the wall of text, I really appreciate any feedback.

Regards,

Leo

P.S. Also, I have never seen a home theater projector in action and would love to experience it before I decide to go this route. Does anyone know a store or a showroom in Manhattan, Rockland or Westchester where I can see the projector in action? Thanks again.
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1. It is sort of a like a race car. It can be super awesome in the right conditions, has high maintenance and sucks in the wrong conditions. Figure a projector will last somewhere between it's warranty period and 10,000 hours.

2. Good luck. I am sure you have some options. Find some Local stores that carry projectors and call/walk in a have a good chat. use the find dealers button in PJ you are looking at.

3. Sort out your budget and how you intend to use it then sort out your projector. In a livingroom you may just want very high lumen setup.

4. Sort out your budget and keep doing research. Store #2 my be able to help you out. You may want high contrast gray.

How will you use the display?
How many hours a week/month/year?
Do you want to windows open and the game on in the middle of the afternoon?


Have fun!
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1. It is sort of a like a race car. It can be super awesome in the right conditions, has high maintenance and sucks in the wrong conditions. Figure a projector will last somewhere between it's warranty period and 10,000 hours.

2. Good luck. I am sure you have some options. Find some Local stores that carry projectors and call/walk in a have a good chat. use the find dealers button in PJ you are looking at.

3. Sort out your budget and how you intend to use it then sort out your projector. In a livingroom you may just want very high lumen setup.

4. Sort out your budget and keep doing research. Store #2 my be able to help you out. You may want high contrast gray.

How will you use the display?
How many hours a week/month/year?
Do you want to windows open and the game on in the middle of the afternoon?


Have fun!

Thanks. The display will be used for light general TV use (will make kids watch one of the regular tv's in other rooms) but mostly for Neftlix and movies. Probably about 3-4 hours per day. I can keep the windows closed when need be.

Any idea if the geeksquate at bestbuy is any good w/r/t to such install jobs? I dont like bestbuy generally.
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A projector should be used more of as an additional display and not a primary replacement for a tv. Turning a projector on and off multiple times a day will decrease the bulb life and having a main living room blacked out like a cave just doesn't jive with most people's lifestyle since it is usually the room you entertain guests in. What you decide to do is entirely up to you but if it's not a dedicated theater room, I'd want a tv and projector in the living room so I wouldn't have to black out the room and fire up the projector to catch a half hour episode of a show. Some people just use an electric screen than drops down in front of their tv.

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I think the geeksquad can be "hit or miss", some people have had good experiences. You can most likely get a better deal on installation if you buy from the store who will do the install. I got a free install with my purchase from a local home theater store. The 3020e is a nice pj, but since it has no "lens shift" it has to be placed center of where the screen will be, and within some certain inches above or below the upper/bottom edges of the screen. If you can see some in action, you might can get a better idea if you'll like one. Sounds like some more research is in order to narrow down your choice.
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A projector should be used more of as an additional display and not a primary replacement for a tv. Turning a projector on and off multiple times a day will decrease the bulb life and having a main living room blacked out like a cave just doesn't jive with most people's lifestyle since it is usually the room you entertain guests in. What you decide to do is entirely up to you but if it's not a dedicated theater room, I'd want a tv and projector in the living room so I wouldn't have to black out the room and fire up the projector to catch a half hour episode of a show. Some people just use an electric screen than drops down in front of their tv.

Thanks. I will probably do the same thing. I bought Epson 3020 yesterday, I really like it (the color pallet is a bit dull) but the setup is not perfect yet as I am projecting on a gray wall instead of a screen. Would you mind suggesting a screen with the mounting bracket sufficiently removed from the wall to accommodate a TV underneath?

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