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Short and simple.

I've researched all the projector on projector central, seems nothing will work for me on there.
The screen will be diy, acoustically transparent, assuming gain of 1.2. (further complicating factor)
Wanted screen(image) size of 68" diagonal. 16:9. Would prefer at least 720p.

Two setups for my room.
Can "bookshelf mount" projector on screen center at about 9 feet.
Or mimic a ceiling mount (on top of my refrigerator) at 14.25 feet.


Can anyone make any recommendations?
Best I could find was an Epson 8350. Not looking for anything super special.

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closest one I've found is the lg pb60g
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closest one I've found is the lg pb60g
Thanks, Checked it out. Don't think this one will work for me.
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68" is pretty small, it is going to be a bright picture. If the 8350 will work for you the 2x zoom lcds will do the trick. 8350 It is likely the cheapest of the bunch. I don't know of a current 720p 2x zoom pj but I there might be one.

With an AT screen why not go bigger and open up options?
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68" is pretty small, it is going to be a bright picture. If the 8350 will work for you the 2x zoom lcds will do the trick. 8350 It is likely the cheapest of the bunch. I don't know of a current 720p 2x zoom pj but I there might be one.

With an AT screen why not go bigger and open up options?

Two reasons: viewing distance 7ft, and I will be placing the screen in my entertainment center. Which is a 69" diagonal. 60"x34".

I've been weighing cost vs. screen-size, It seems I can do a short throw 62" diagonal projector for about $300. Considering again my seating distance, I think this would be adequate for the price point.

Any opinions on BenQ GP2, ViewSonic PLED W200, or ASUS P1. All throw ratios under 1.2. I can place the projector at 5-6 ft in front of the couch. Not only does this give a good screen size, but fixes my brightness issues.
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I wouldn't even consider a projector with that room and screen size.
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Why not just buy an LCD?
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Like Verge said, why bother getting a projector at that size and might as well go for a HDTV instead.

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Because it's projector or, with my center channel, the largest panel I can fit is 32".
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Maybe you don't need a center channel? Phantom center can sound better in some cases.

How large is your center channel? Can it go ontop of your center cabinet?

Can the speaker go infront of a panel tv?

7ft to an AT screen is not recommended. You start to see the screen itself.

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Boston VR12, I'd guess 25"x8"x8". The whole reason I was looking at projectors, is my space is limited. If I move my center in front of my cabinet, it takes what little room I have. If I move it on top, it's at seven feet. I do agree with you on phantom center, older programming, but when I'm watching movies with newer processing I prefer the center there.

Did not know that about the AT screen. The one in my budget would be the shear-weave 4500.
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For AT screens to work they have voids to let the sound through. I think standard recommended siting distance it over 10 feet (maybe even 12+) or you can start to see the voids. Maybe someone on the screen section has the 4500 and can tell you a bit more about it.

Sounds like you are in a tough spot. It is worth fighting for more than 32inches but is sounds like it will come at a cost.

Could you wall mount a panel? Are you center has a back?

Did you try the 7ft center? Tilt it down to where you sit.
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First. Thanks for your help.

From reading on the sw 4500 thread I agree with you. I don't think that setup will work for me.
Wall mounting a panel won't work as this is going in my entertainment center, I'm assuming the light will bounce around the insides of it.
I've tried the center at 7ft before, but it is not as "pure" when my front tweeters are in-line.
Yes, I would be bummed with a 32 incher, especially as "big" as my sound is.

I say I want a projector because I only watch movies, and listen to music. It would be something that I could set up, and take down. I'm a college student in an efficiency unit, I'd hate to have something awkwardly sized tv or projector up permanently in my kitchen/living room/.... What I'm considering now, with y'alls opinions, would be traditional screen material at cinema aspect ratio, 2.39:1. This would give me 5' wide, would not cover my center channel, and would fit in my entertainment center. I'm assuming that sitting 7-9' from a non AT screen would be suitable. But what projectors have that AR.
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What I'm considering now, with y'alls opinions, would be traditional screen material at cinema aspect ratio, 2.39:1. This would give me 5' wide, would not cover my center channel, and would fit in my entertainment center. I'm assuming that sitting 7-9' from a non AT screen would be suitable. But what projectors have that AR.


As this won't be possible for me.
I guess this ends the discussion.
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A portable screen or some sort? Any way a drop down screen would work? It would just have to be above your center.

Your center channel on stand in front of the opening?

Best of luck with this.
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A portable screen or some sort? Any way a drop down screen would work? It would just have to be above your center.

Your center channel on stand in front of the opening?

Best of luck with this.

When the time comes, I'll post the final result.
I'd like to thank all for your input.
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Big sound, in a little apartment. Your neighbors probably hate you.

Dump the entertainment center(it's 2013) and get a 60 inch LCD IMO. I don't think you are going to like a projector, the disadvantages are to big for such a small screen.
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