After reading through a lot of topics, i have come to the conclusion that everyone here is a lot smarter than i am
I have always wanted a little home theater but never had the money. I have come across a projector for $41.00. It is old but i think it will be ok. It is a Sanyo 3 digital lens projection LCD, Model PLC-WT500L. It doesn't come with a lens but i found one that says it will work on eBay for $35.00 Sanyo LNS-S10 standard zoom lens. My room is only 10 X 11 so it won’t be an awesome HT but with kids my budget is slim to none.
My questions are somewhat basic. Should i paint the room dark and what type of screen should I use. I have seen several posts about painting and several about spandex. I am worried about the brightness of the projector it is 5000 lumens, most i see on here are about half that or less. My room has 2 windows in it but most of my movies and gaming will be at night. Thanks again in advance for the help and please bear with me as i have never even stepped into this realm before but i am very excited about it.
That's an auditorium projector with a 7000 (from the specs I looked up) lumen rating. Your going to need sunglasses to watch this thing in a 10 x11 room. You need to check your lens to see what size image you can throw in such a short distance. This would be a great projector for an outdoor theater but inside a small room your going to have problems.
DAMN 7000 lumens, that's insane in that size room. I'd love to see it though.
It can get frustrating at times, I know...been there, sometimes still there....when you see people talking about expensive gear so nonchalantly. Like the guys who buy multiple projectors, or drop 10K on a setup without batting an eye. A HT experience does NOT have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Really folks here are passionate about their hobby and something that most people would never ever notice would irritate them (like a bit of moire, judder, etc). Even if the colors aren't calibrated really well, or if the black level isn't that great....a large screen can still be impressive and make for an enjoyable HT. My favorite part of this hobby is that my 750 dollar 50 in tv looks way better than my buddies 1500 dollar 42in tv. His tv is in a different league than mine, but I calibrated mine with an i1 display colormeter. Actually his tv looks better than mine now, but only cause I calibrated it for him. A halfway decent calibration on a budget set will beat out all the high priced tvs that people buy and keep torch mode on. As you spend time here, you'll learn a lot from all the experts that populate these boards, and that knowledge will let you build a cheaper setup that will work better than other people who spend 3X amount of money.
I would be looking around to try to find a decent deal on a 720p projector. Lower resolution than that gets pretty fuzzy on a large 90-100in screen. The difference between 480i/p and 720p is pretty big and readily apparent, the difference between 720 and 1080p even on larger screen sizes, while it is apparent, you notice more in the details, it's a much smaller difference.
See if you can find somewhere to take a look at a budget dlp projector like an optoma gt750. The color wheel on this guy is sllllow compared to most ht projectors. I have this projector and don't see RBE (rainbow effect) so I know I'm not sensitive to it. Some people are and some aren't. Hopefully you aren't sensitive to it cause you'll have more options at the budget end if you can use single chip dlp projector.
In my apartment I was using that gt750 and projecting onto my plain white walls, the rest of the apartment is painted white, windows weren't light tight.....I was still happy watching avatar on 120inches. With a tight budget, I'd spend just about all of it on the projector, and project onto a white wall, or paint yourself a screen and paint the rest of the wall dark. I'd cobble the audio system together using whatever spare parts I had lying around....old speakers off a boom box or computer speakers etc.
Monoprice has a 5.1 speaker setup for less than 90 bucks and another one (which I think they made after klipsch sued them over their 9774 speakers which were knockoffs of energy take 5 classics) for around 250.
Accessories4less.com has refurb receivers, you can probably find a good denon or onkyo for around 200 maybe less. You can probably find someone willing to sell their old receiver for cheap.
I am trying to upgrade some components of my system. If you lived in my area, I'd be willing to sell you some of the gear, but with shipping cost of these things, I don't think they'd be worth it.
ENJOY the boards, and remember....once you set up everything properly, calibrate the speakers and screen, and do some cheap mods to the room (diy acoustic panels, paying attention to dimensions, using soft wall coverings and bookshelves to disperse the sound waves etc. your setup will probably be better than 90% of the populations even if your gear is much cheaper. I'm guessing less than 5% of people ever do this kind of stuff.
At the bottom end of the budget range, your looking at 800x600 resolution. This is suitable for DVD @ 16:9 for 720x480p output and a price of around $300. However, if you bump that price just $100 to $400, then you move up to 1024x768 (Good for PC, but just short of 720p HD). At the $500 range, you can get a decent 720p projector. That is basically where entry level currently stands.
I'm assuming this is the PJ your getting:
To see what size and how bright it will be you can look at the calculator for it: http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sanyo-PLC-WTC500L-projection-calculator-pro.htm (Note: the calc assumes using a LNS-T10 which is a telephoto zoom lens)
If you look at the calc and your room size, you'll see that it will have a 140fl. That is about 4-5x brighter than than what is normal for a HT and about 7x brighter than what is needed for a light controlled room. If you stick with that option, you likely want but a low gain(<1.0 with) high contrast(HC) grey screen and a neutral density(ND) filter(like at least a 2 stop or 0.6). The ND filter is not very expensive and can be had for under $60 easily. The screen will likely run you a few hundred unless your the do-it-yourself type.
0.6 ND(75% light reduction)+0.9 HC Grey(10% additional reduction) = 77.5% total reduction * 140fl @ 74" @ 11' = 31.5fl which will be plenty bright for a non-light controlled room and should give you a decent result.
If we move the PJ closer(say 10' vs 11'), the final result of the same accessories would put you at ~38fl(overly bright but can be adjusted further by lower gain/darker filter) and only a max of 67" (at which point your dropping in to used flat panel territory vs a PJ).
Note: That is all based on the LNS-T10 that the calc uses. The LNS-S10 is a standard zoom lens while the LNS-T10 is a telephoto zoom lens. The final picture size will depend on the lens your get for it.
At $80+$60 for an ND filter set, you'll only be at $140 for a test run(and the lenses are new with a return policy).
Link ND filters: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Stock_In+stock&ci=114&N=4026728350+11+35&mxp=60 (A person with more photo experience can likely help you better than I can on these)