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post #1 of 5
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Floor Plan.pdf 452k .pdf file

Attached is the floor plan to my house. I am trying to decide which room would be best suited for a HT. I will choose between the following three rooms and would appreciate anyone's input on which I should choose:

Option 1: Family Room - 1st floor - 19x15 with 19 foot ceilings.

Probably not a great option as it's an open room with tons of natural light. Only thing I like about it is the potential screen size.

Option 2: Game Room - 2nd floor - 14x18 with 9 foot ceilings.

This is the room I want to work. The problem is, it's open on two sides to the 1st floor, so some light comes in from the entry and the family room. I'm also not sure how the sound will be effected since the room is open on two sides.

Option 3: Bedroom 4 - 2nd floor - 11x11 with 9 foot ceilings.

Probably the best option. There is only one small window, so some blackout curtains would take care of the light issue. Sound would more easily be contained. My concern with this room is the size of screen I could achieve. I was hoping for 100" + and I'm not sure I could accomplish this with my maximum throw distance. My wife would also prefer I keep this as a bedroom.

This will be my first HT so I would appreciate any suggestions on which room I should choose. Also what type of projector and screen would do best with each option.

My budget will be around $3,000. I was thinking about a DIY screen (spandex maybe?) that way I can put more money in the projector. I'm also not too concerned with the sound upfront as I will mostly be using this to watch sports and an occasional movie. Speakers and screen can be upgraded in the future.

Any suggestions?
post #2 of 5
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I think I'm leaning towards Option 2 in the Game Room and going with either the Epson 8350 or the Panny PT-AR100u. They both fall in the price range I'm looking for and have the brightness I would need in a non-light controlled room.

Are there any other projectors I should consider that do well with some ambient light for $1,500 or less?
post #3 of 5
I think your plan is good. The Epsons are great projectors and you should be very happy with it. I'm running a 2-3 year old predecesor of the 8350 (mine is 6100) and its wonderful.
Your biggest issues will be light control and sound leakage. You can hang retractable curtains inexpensively upstairs if the light is a problem. You'll have problems with the setup if someone is watching tv downstairs while the theater is running, but you'd hav ethe same issue if you use the family room. the bedroom will be too small.
Best of luck and enjoy the process!
Art
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I think your plan is good. The Epsons are great projectors and you should be very happy with it. I'm running a 2-3 year old predecesor of the 8350 (mine is 6100) and its wonderful.
Your biggest issues will be light control and sound leakage. You can hang retractable curtains inexpensively upstairs if the light is a problem. You'll have problems with the setup if someone is watching tv downstairs while the theater is running, but you'd hav ethe same issue if you use the family room. the bedroom will be too small.
Best of luck and enjoy the process!
Art

I'm not too worried about sound leakage as it's just me and my wife in the house.

My major concern is lighting. I planned on putting a 110" screen with a throw distance of about 13'. However, when I taped off where I thought the screen would go, I noticed at night there is a street light that shines directly on that wall. So for the game room to work I will definitely need to hang some retractable curtains. With curtains down, I should have complete control of light in the room.

I still can't decided between the Epson 8350 or the Panny AR100 though. I've read good and bad things about both. I think I might be leaning slightly towards the AR100 because the game room will be used more as a multipurpose room rather than a dedicated HT. I will be watching sports and playing video games more than watching movies so black levels don't really concern me. The AR100 seems to be a little brighter and might work better in my situation.
post #5 of 5
Has to be option two. Option 1 is way too open, and the room in option 3 is nowhere big enough. Get a curtain and go with option 2 for sure.
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