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Is basement big enough??

post #1 of 15
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I started the forum "Epson 8350 vs. Samsung 60" LED" Still debating and have until tomorrow. I am still aiming toward the projector due to the fact that I have ALWAYS wanted one and I plan on moving in a couple years anyway into a bigger house.

Here is a pic of the basement. That's the tv that is ancient ( actually has a printer built in haha ). I will be painting the drop ceiling and the vent shaft black, the walls dark red like the theaters, can lights, etc. What do you guys think?? I can mount the projector either in front of the vent shaft or behind. Also dont worry about that door, that will be getting upgraded as well. The wall is about 8ft wide
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post #3 of 15
You are limited on screen size due to the 8' wall width. Your screen size would depend on what size speakers you will use for fronts, and where you will put them. How tall is your ceiling?

One oprion is to use small satellite or bookshelf speakers for fronts, and mount them above or below the screen. This allows you to use a screen almost as wide as the wall.

Option 2 is to use a smaller screen and put the front speakers on each side of the screen, and the center speaker either above or below the screen.

If you mount projector in front of the vent shaft, what would throw distance be(lens to screen)?
post #4 of 15
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In front of the vent is 7ft from the wall.
post #5 of 15
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Been messin with microsoft paint and this is where im kinda at
post #6 of 15
Have you given any thought as to speaker size and placement, like I mentioned above? Then we can help with a possible projector choice. If you mount projector behind vent shaft like your last pic, what would throw distance be?
post #7 of 15
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I haven't got that far with speaker placement yet. Still debating on whether I'd like to place the projector in front or behind the vent shaft.
post #8 of 15
You should think about the speakers and placement along with the projector since it all goes together. With the way you have your images, it looks like you have no place to put the speakers without them being in the way. If money is no object then you could get an acoustically transparent screen but those are significantly more expensive than normal screens. If you are looking at normal tower or book shelf speakers, you generally want them to be a bit away from walls, even with that old setup with the tv I don't think there's enough distance from the walls for good placement of speakers.
post #9 of 15
You never answered how tall your ceiling is either.
post #10 of 15
Your question has little to do with the room but how are you using the room. If its used as a bat cave then the projector is always the way to go as it can be adapted to almost any room or screen ( if your moving it will adapt to what ever you have there). If your want a room with the lights on for multitasking then a TV is the best choice. Build your own spandex screen with larger speaks behind if you have room to bring the screen out a foot or so or use small satilites above or below the screen
post #11 of 15
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Ceilin is 7' 2"
post #12 of 15
With a 10' throw distance, the Epson 8350 will give you an image between 48" and 103" diagonal. To maximun screen size, I would go with small bookshelf speakers(5" - 6" woofers) and put them above or below the screen.
post #13 of 15
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Just picked it up. Im pumped!!!
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Originally Posted by mpjmeyer View Post

Just picked it up. Im pumped!!!

The 8350? Congrats !!
post #15 of 15
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Did a quick connect in the living room with it. WOW!! Watched "the hangover" projected on my wall. I'm already happy with this!!!!
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