Didn't want to start a whole new thread, figured I would add to the existing conversation...
I had one of those behemoth CRTs back in the day (Barco 801S - H/T to Curt Palme). It was a create projector for the early 2000s and did wonderful for me... DVDs looked great. Alas I had to leave the projector life when I moved overseas and stuck with standard flat panel TVs.
I have moved back to the US and am looking to buy a projector. I have a media room in my new home (sort of, 3.5 walls of one at least) and would love some advice on model/screen choice.
First off, the room details:
- Throw distance is 154" (Prewired HDMI, power, & ceiling mount)
- Screen Wall is 164"W x 126"H total
- Seating distance is at ~140" and ~180" (Two tiered floor)
- Ceiling Mount is 144" off the ground (Room has a small cathedral ceiling type bump)
- Room has three walls. Fourth (left side) wall is a half wall (about 4' tall, a built in bar, connects to game room)
- Some ambient light during the day with blinds closed in adjoining room, but not a lot at all. Very dark at night, almost pitch black (some light from the open area to the downstairs)
My primary use is HD Cable TV (a lot of sports), movies (Bluray, few 3D), and video gaming. I want something that will stand the test for at least a few years but at the same time am trying to keep a decent budget since I am furnishing a new home.
I have narrowed it down to the BenQ W1070 with a 120" screen. It seems like this is a great projector for the money and meets my needs. From the sites I have looked at this should be the right throw distance and seating arrangement for my room at 120".
- Are my calculations right, will this projector/size work? The BenQ site doesn't seem to let me alter custom distances, only optimal. Other sites seem to be in the "green zone" of sliders
- Since there is not complete darkness, do you guys recommend a grey screen for the room since it is not 100% pitch black? Will the W1070 need it? Any recommendations on brand? Was looking at Elite.
- Are there any issues with the 18" bump up in the cathedral type ceiling where it is mounted? (It is 18" higher then the top of the wall the screen will sit on, plus the screen will not sit directly at the top of the wall) - Do I need an extension?
Sorry for all the questions, I appreciate your help!