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How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 2 - The Projector
Author - Len Calderone


This is the 2nd of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Your extra room is carpeted, painted and the screen is ready to be hung. What's next? Let's consider the projector. There are many home theater projectors on the market and it would not be practical to discuss all of these in this article. There are some features that you should look for in a projector.

The resolution should be 1920 x 1080 for movie quality images. The projector should have keystone correction or lens shift. The display technology can be DLP, LCD or LCoS. Look for a contrast ratio of at least 3000:1. The lumen rating will be determined by the amount of ambient light in the room. The more ambient light in the room, the higher the lumens need to be.

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How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 2 - The Projector
Author - Len Calderone


This is the 2nd of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Your extra room is carpeted, painted and the screen is ready to be hung. What's next? Let's consider the projector. There are many home theater projectors on the market and it would not be practical to discuss all of these in this article. There are some features that you should look for in a projector.

The resolution should be 1920 x 1080 for movie quality images. The projector should have keystone correction or lens shift. The display technology can be DLP, LCD or LCoS. Look for a contrast ratio of at least 3000:1. The lumen rating will be determined by the amount of ambient light in the room. The more ambient light in the room, the higher the lumens need to be.

Read the complete article at HomeToys.com

BUT what about the actual construction of the room is not explained ?
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BUT what about the actual construction of the room is not explained ?

I think the series assumes you're starting form an existing room, not building a dedicated theatre from scratch.
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Part 2 was more informative than part 1 for sure.

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"If the total AMPS of your equipment, using that breaker, has a heavier rating than the outlet will allow, have an electrician change the breaker."

This could actually burn a house down, if the circuit has wire sized for 15 amps and you increase it to 20 you are overloading the circuit. A correct statement is to have an electrician determine the easiest way to increase your capacity within building code.
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You can find projection screens in the yellow pages under audio visual equipment.

This is when I stopped reading.
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If the total AMPS of your equipment, using that breaker, has a heavier rating than the outlet will allow, have an electrician change the breaker.

Really lends credibility to the author doesn't it?
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Why does it keep saying DVD?? DVD player, who still has one of those.
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How come you can never really find building HT from scratch ?
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Because each room is a different challenge, there is no simple recipy applicable to any room
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This is when I stopped reading.

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Really lends credibility to the author doesn't it?

Hahahhahahahahahahahahahhaa!!! Couldn't agree more, my friends...
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More of his articles, http://www.hometoys.com/article_review.php?auth=16

His target audience is people with budget of $1.5k or less for PJ.

I also agree with other, this is not responsible journalism at all
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Check the AMP rating for the nearest electrical wall outlet, by opening your breaker box and finding the breaker for that area of the house. The breaker will have the rating printed on its face. Add up the AMP ratings on your equipment. If the total AMPS of your equipment, using that breaker, has a heavier rating than the outlet will allow, have an electrician change the breaker.

His ONLY out is the "have an electrician change the breaker" at least implies the electrician will see if the wiring is capable of 20A breaker (12ga wire) vs the 15A breaker (14ga wire) it implied, and then do the correct thing from there. New circuit(s), etc.

The article is general advice, and does seem written 2-3 years ago before blu-ray became popular.

Ok, this sealed it as old-old
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If you are planning on setting the projector on a shelf, you can purchase a finished shelf system or build one yourself. Since we are working with a finished room, I suggest that you build a shelf system from the floor to the ceiling. It should be wide enough to hold your DVD player, cassette player, UPS device, and deep enough for the projector. The shelves should be movable so that you can adjust them. Make sure the shelving unit is fastened to the wall. With adjustable shelves, you can use the extra space to store DVDs.

"cassette player" ....when was the last time we've talked cassette player?
I graduated HS in 1980 and had many of them, heck I transfered 20 or so to iTunes. Shame on this old article for being posted.

what about this statement:
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You will need to hide the cable from the projector to the DVD player, as well as all of the audio cables, unless you buy a wireless audio system.

"wireless audio system" ...hmmmmmm
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Thanks for taking one for the team guys.
I read the comments here and decided it wasn't worth my time to read the article :P
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On part 3 he goes on to say:

"At the upper end of Home Theater systems is the Bose Lifestyle V-Class system"

Right, this guy knows what he's talking about..
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Nice write up
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