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I just purchased a Panasonic PT-AE8000U.

My first projector and just purchased my first AV receiver too.

 

I want to buy a screen for the projector.

Any advice on where to start the search?

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You don't buy a screen for a projector, you buy a screen for the room it is going into.

So, describe your room, paint color, wall color, ceiling color, and carpet.

A properly treated room can use a cheaper screen and get superior results.

If you have a poor room (light walls/ceiling/carpet) then you either need to drop a fair bit of cash on a Black Diamond screen or figure out some other compromises for what you want.

But, the projector is almost irrelevant to the discussion.

Also, please talk about the screen size you were shooting for, what distance the projector will be mounted, what the seating distance will be, etc.

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You don't buy a screen for a projector, you buy a screen for the room it is going into.

So, describe your room, paint color, wall color, ceiling color, and carpet.

A properly treated room can use a cheaper screen and get superior results.

If you have a poor room (light walls/ceiling/carpet) then you either need to drop a fair bit of cash on a Black Diamond screen or figure out some other compromises for what you want.

But, the projector is almost irrelevant to the discussion.

Also, please talk about the screen size you were shooting for, what distance the projector will be mounted, what the seating distance will be, etc.

 

Thank you.

I guess I'm really a complete newb.

 

I will measure the distances.

Roughly, the viewing distance is around 10 foot but the ceiling is sloped so I am not sure where I would put the screen.

 

Projector can be mounted around 20 foot back but the ceiling is also sloped on the back so I'm also not sure about what the distance will be.

 

Should I consult a local AV professional for installation?

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You can do it yourself if you are willing to spend the hours and asking the questions and doing the reading to get a game plan together.

I put together a bunch of FAQs at Projector Central if you want to review some of them...

EDIT: Apparently I can't post links to Big Screen Forums at www.proejctorcentral.com for informational purposes, but you can browse over there if you want, then come back here with questions.

If you want professional installation and you want it turn key, you can talk to local installers, but many of them won't talk to you if you already have purchased all of your gear. Some will, some won't.

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I can't post links to the pictures I took yet because I'm a new member.

 

But it sounds like it will be a headache to install because i already bought the equipments.

I would definitely not want to do it myself as I am not really good with my hands and always end up breaking things.

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