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hello to everyone...been reading a little over the last 3 years or so and am now ready to do a home theater. no way would i buy anything without asking for help 1st as there is too much info to know for a novice like myself.

my setup...basement living room, light is almost completely controlled (1 half window with blinds)

deminsions: 10.5 ft width
25 ft length
7.5 ft ceiling

the screen would go on the width wall. the screen would hang down maybe a foot in from the wall as there is a fireplace against the wall. looking for the biggest screen possible. 120 inches diagonal is my goal. my budget is about 300$ for the screen.

my budget is about 2000$ on the projector. would be mainly watching sports and movies. if possible would like to shelf mount the projector on the back wall. 1080p is preferred.

let me know what you guys think would be a good buy?

also looking for floor risers. links to websites would be greatly appreciated

thanks
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I'll let somebody else go first.
OP, take a trip to DIY screens.
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Originally Posted by jangalang32 View Post

hello to everyone...been reading a little over the last 3 years or so and am now ready to do a home theater. no way would i buy anything without asking for help 1st as there is too much info to know for a novice like myself.

my setup...basement living room, light is almost completely controlled (1 half window with blinds)

deminsions: 10.5 ft width
25 ft length
7.5 ft ceiling

the screen would go on the width wall. the screen would hang down maybe a foot in from the wall as there is a fireplace against the wall. looking for the biggest screen possible. 120 inches diagonal is my goal. my budget is about 300$ for the screen.

my budget is about 2000$ on the projector. would be mainly watching sports and movies. if possible would like to shelf mount the projector on the back wall. 1080p is preferred.

let me know what you guys think would be a good buy?

also looking for floor risers. links to websites would be greatly appreciated

thanks

You have a couple of problems with what you want. A 120" screen is 8' wide. By the time you take into account the frame you are looking at 8'-4" of width. That only leaves you with 12-1/2" on each side for speakers. That places the speakers too close to the wall. To solve this problem you can get an AT screen and place the speakers behind it, but that in turn creates a problem with brightness since you want to place the projector on the back wall. Also tab tensioned drop down AT screens are expensive, more than the cost of the 720p projectors.

For your room width, I would suggest a 106" to 110" drop down screen and the Benq W5000 refurb. You would need to ceiling mount the projector. Even though the room is light controlled I would look for a screen that has 1.2 to 1.4 of gain. Since you do not need a lot of gain and have a narrow room I would suggest a DaLite High Power screen. With the projector mounted on the ceiling you will get about the right amount of gain. Talk to Jason here at AVS for good pricing on the screen.

Speakers will still be too close to the wall so you should get or make sound panels for the first reflection points. Have at it CMRA
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The elite fixed framed screens are cheap enough. You can usually get them for around $450 for a 120". I don't know if you are able to do a fixed frame or not because of the fireplace, but fixed frame is the only area I have much knowledge in. For the price you are wanting to make a screen a DIY route is probably the best/only approach. I personally have an Epson 6100 and a DW laminate screen...it works extremely well. Where do you plan on mounting the pj or is that open? If you are wanting to mount something 25' back you are going to need a lot more lumens than if you want to mount it at 15'.

This screen is out of your price range, but if you are going to mount it at the rear of your room I would say get the DaLite HP screen. It has a 2.8 gain and a pj from that far away is going to need a lot of gain/lumens.

Just rememeber you will probably go through multiple projectors over the course of a few years, but a screen is rarely replaced...alot less than the pj is anyways.
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thanks for the replies. do you have a link to the benq5000? i googled it and it looked like it was sold out but maybe there is a different place to buy it from.

i can mount the projector anywhere. i just didnt want to do all the wiring in the ceiling and all that stuff.

let me know if you or anybody has a link to that projector
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is it just me or does that link not work?

nevermind it worked
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just bought the benq 5000...now i need a screen can someone recommend one off my room layout above? id prefer an electric screen but pull down would be fine too.

im pretty pumped right now!
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