I'm a long time lurker that just registered. Nice to be a part of this fantastic community! I will build my first real home cinema in a few weeks and would really love to get your help on some decisions. Very grateful for any input!
I will go with projector + screen + sound system in the room pictured below. You should get a pretty good perception of the room there and screen will be over media furniture pictured. As you can see, there are a few windows to the right to the outside. I will make sure to get some good curtains, but I will eventually get some daylight in the room, as well that the walls (at least right now) are white. Thinking if painting them gray, but that would be a later project. There is also a doorway w/o a door as you can see, but no light will be coming from there as there are no windows in other room. Ceiling height is 2,40m or 7.9 feet
2D with dimensions in meters
2D with dimensions feet
3D mock up
3D mockup another angle
Now, I am going to use this room only for multimedia. Blue rays, mkv:s, playstation 4 gaming mostly. So film and gaming. I love 3D so that is important for me. Not really any broadcast-TV and in that case on demand via pay services. I am no true enthusiast in that my skills are limited within this field. I can appreciate a good picture when I see one, but have limited knowledge on some technical aspects. I have done some research though, so I am not totally uninformed.
My viewing profile historically has not been calibrating everything so it's exactly correct to some ISO standard. I've wanted to do it, have tried, but usually end up cranking up contrast, colors 'and brightness higher. I love a sharp and colourful picture with plenty of brightness and shine. I am not a stranger to proper calibration later on though.
My plan was initially to get
- Optoma HD25e
- Euroscreen react 2 with 104" thin bezels
- Triangle galaxy 2 5.1.
Screen is really expensive, but after trying it in a semi bright room I was impressed compared to more expensive projectors on a white cheaper screen. That room will never be pitch black. Went to my retailer and tried the triangle and it was great.
Now they've offered me a really good deal on the HD30, that supposedly has higher contrast but lower brightness than 25e. I want good blacks, but I am not as knowledgeable as some to tell the difference. As long as it is not one big black smear w/o any detail I'm happy. As a third option there is the HD25-LV even brighter. Se pic below for comparison between the 3. What also confuses me is that the 25e seems to be a rebranded HD131Xe but more expensive...that does not feel good.
So now, what do you think what be the best screen and projector combo for my Room and preferences? Don't think I'll be able to look at all 3 projectors before I decide, they are not all mounted. I am also open for a whole new suggestion, but projector + screen should not exceed €2100
. Like I wrote above, 3D is really important to me, and from some reviews here at avs, there have been some complaints on brightness levels on 3d for some optoma projectors. Therefore the lower brightness on the HD30 scares me a little,as well as it has higher latency - over 40ms than 25e. Like I wrote above, gaming is also important, so the lower the response time the better.
Many thanks and please tell me if you need any additional info!