Originally Posted by zbroke
So for me it's between the Panasonic PT-AE4000U and the LG.... Leaning towards the LG now because of it's advantage in brightness. I will have total control of the ambient light in the room but I want to be able to watch a game with some friends without being in a cave... I fully understand that it takes a toll on the quality but I'm sure it will be ok.
OK? Sounds a little too much like accepting sub standard performance to me.
Explore "controlling" the dispersion of light by using Spots instead of Floods, and/or Can Shields to direct / mask light.
You don't mention what Screen you have. Adapting the surface of such to compliment the light output and improve upon the perceived off-screen contrast is a very effective way to ramp up your performance and the systems adaptability to various viewing conditions. You have the Tool (LG) so use it to it's best advantage...don't hog tie it with undesirable circumstances.
The game room has vaulted ceilings around 11' high. The top of my screen to be (120" diagonal) will be at approx 84" from the floor therefore for the PJ to be approx at the top of the screen I would have to drop it down around 4'. Furthermore, since this PJ doesn't have horizontal lens shifting, and having never mounted a PJ before, I wont be able to rely on the Horizontal lens shift to make the installation easier.
There is no need to have the PJ down that far. First off, it has a small degree of Lens Off Set, so that the lens is slightly above the top edge of the Screen. Secondly, it has a fair amount of Vertical Lens Shift, enough to accommodate the PJ being set with the lens 2' from the ceiling
In reference to the post quoted above: do I understand correctly that there are some "spider" type mount that can help with the few millimeters of one can be? Can anyone suggest a mount that can drop 3 to 4 feet and give some room to play on the horizontal adjustment to make up for the few millimeters I'm probably going to be off?
Several Mfg Mounts come with a adjustable Drop Tube that can extend to 30" or so.http://www.amazon.com/Mustang-Maximu...428555&sr=8-11http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=182-386
There are better mounts available, ones that also allow you to hide the 20"+ of Cords inside the Drop Tube. But they cost $150.00+. Let me know if you need links to some of those.
Secondly, I can basically install this PJ with a throw between 13 and 15 feet. Reason is I need to have a ceiling fan in the room. This room is the hottest one in the house. It is facing south, therefore exposed to the hot Texas sun all day. That being said, how much vertical shifting is too much if the throw is somewhere between 13 and 15 feet? I'm not excited about having this PJ hang for 4 feet might look silly. But I could live with it.
Yes...too far a "hang' only makes the PJ become a unwelcome addition to the decor. It should stay up at least 9' from Floor to bottom of the PJ.
[quote]Finally, if that PJ is setup that high I will need a step ladder to get to it. I'm sure it won't be a problem for day to day usage. Or will it? Never owned a PJ before so I'm trying to make sure I'm not missing anything. Don't plan on covering it neither after each use nor to place the cover over the lens. I'm not afraid of a step ladder; just don't want one permanently in the room!
Should be no need for a ladder after you zero in the unit. But be sure to use a 8' ladder when working.
Sorry I'm a bit all over the place with my questions - it's the excitement I think!
Far better to pose questions now than lamentations later.