Originally Posted by Mike_WI
I look forward to your impressions -- and pictures of the setup.
What are the dimensions of your room, projector, etc.?
My room is about 17' x 20'. Main seating position is about 15.5' from the screen. I do not have a dedicated HT room, so this setup is in a large family room which has alot of windows, although all have plantation shutters that can cut out sunlight. But do to the fact that it is in a highly used living space area, there are always lights on in the surrounding area and therefore only completely dark if the wife and i are both sitting down for a movie.
As a result of this i needed a projector with very high lumen output so that i can watch HDTV while she's running around the house doing her thing. So i opted for a crossover business/HT projector (Optoma tx1080), it has 1080P 16x9 native resolution/ratio with 3600 lumens. Athough it doesnt have the extremly high contrast ratios of other dedicated HT pj's, which is only really worth while in a completely dark room, it has aswome lumen power that enables me to watch TV and or movies with the lights on in the surrounding areas, heck i can even have the lights on in the immediate area of the room and still get a good pic. For night viewing i need to put the lamp on economy mode and movie setting for it to not be so bright.
Hopfully ill win the lotto someday or actually make a stock investment that goes up instead of down so that i can have an dedicated HT room. But i think would still have a PJ in my living room because with these high lumen projectors, you get an awsome pic even with the ambient light.
only thing im bummed about is i have in order a 114" screen which on the carada site is 99.4" wide, and due to my projector throw capabilities i can only get it far back enough to have a 98.4" wide screen. I hope the 1/2 inch on each side not filled in wont be extremely noticable when watching.
Can anyone do me a favor if they have a Carada screen, and measure the width of the viewable area and compare it to the demensions on the Carada.com site to see if its accurate. My current screen (still waiting for Masquerada system) is a 106" screen that is actually 1/2" less wide than described when i purchased it (in my case now that would be a good thing)