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$1500 budget for Screen, any recommendations?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
We finally have a room big enough to do a projector, and I need your guys help. I've always been a plasma guy, but its now time to take the next step. My budget for a screen is $1500 but I wouldn't mind doing a DIY screen, if I could possibly make something better and it would save me $$$ for a better projector.

Room dimensions are 25'W x 17'L with a window on each side and I will be sitting about 11' - 12' away. Screen sizes my wife will let me get away with is anywhere from 90-110". I will have blackout shades but will be using this room mostly at night. I would say 80% will be for movies and 20% for sports.

Again this is my first time with a projector so as of now I really do not know much besides what I have read here. Also if you guys have any recommendations for a projector that would be great. budget for a project is $3000.

Thanks,
Sean
post #2 of 14
More information will be needed.

What projector will you be using?

How far will the projector be from the screen?

Are your walls and ceiling dark in color?

With a fully darkened room (dark color walls and ceiling) and a good projector any white screen would work out really well. If you have white walls and or a white ceiling you will need to look into gray screen material if you want deep blacks. I currently have dark walls but my ceiling is a very light beige color. I have a white screen setup and the ceiling lights up which causes my blacks to be more of a dark gray. So I am currently looking for a grey screen to help out.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hi Natas77 thanks for the quick reply!

Projector I'm not sure yet. Budget is $3000 so if you have any recommendations that would be great.

My projector will be about 17' from the screen (I'm a beginner to projectors so hopefully this isnt a problem). Below is a quick design of the room if that helps. Also the ceilings are vaulted if that creates any sort of issues, which i don't think it will but you never know.

Color is still up in the air as well, the room addition is actually just about to start. The built ins will be white so that might be a problem, so I'm thinking i might need to go for a gray screen.

post #4 of 14
If your budget is $3000 I would suggest the Epson 5020 or Sony HW50ES. I bought the Sony but the Epson is a really nice unit. Both can give you plenty of lumens at the distance you plan to mount.

Try to make the room as dark as possible. It really helps. Paint the walls a flat dark color....try to go with something very dark grey or even black. If you can paint the ceiling do it! If your carpet is a light color get a dark rug in the room close to the screen...I havent done this but have heard that it also helps.

You could always do what I did and buy a cheap elite screen and hope it works good for you until you save enough for a really nice gray type screen. I was actually really surprised at how nice my setup looks during the day and at night. However I am a perfectionist so I really want to get the deepest blacks I can. Be sure to invest in good Blackout blinds. I spent roughly $550 for blinds on three windows. They block out every bit of light from my 3 windows during the day. So the only ambient light I fight during the day is stray light from downstairs (my setup is in an open gameroom upstairs). Since my projector is in an open area I cannot paint the ceiling.

If you were to ask my wife how the setup works she would say its awesome along with everyone else that has seen it. So it really depends on your taste.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks natas your really gave me a lot of great info and I really appreciate it!
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by natas777 View Post

If your budget is $3000 I would suggest the Epson 5020 or Sony HW50ES. I bought the Sony but the Epson is a really nice unit. Both can give you plenty of lumens at the distance you plan to mount.

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hello, which one is better sony or epson? are u happy with ur decision
post #7 of 14
Both are nice projectors, I'm leaning towards Sony HW50ES great 2d & 3D plus the RC engine, The Epson lacks this feature.. The Sony in not $3000, close to $4,000... The Epson can be bought around $2500 online..
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by DrZaus View Post

Both are nice projectors, I'm leaning towards Sony HW50ES great 2d & 3D plus the RC engine, The Epson lacks this feature.. The Sony in not $3000, close to $4,000... The Epson can be bought around $2500 online..

If you're in the US, the Sony can be had for 2999.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by plasmaowner View Post

If you're in the US, the Sony can be had for 2999.


the 2999 is accurate you just need to know where to look smile.gif


also someone asked about the Epson 5020 vs the HW50

I did a shootout with me and my friend, he owns the epson and i own the HW50...

2d picture quality if you use RC at about 30, imo, totally beats the Epson, it makes it look almost smoothed over where as the HW50 with RC at 30 gives you very fine extra detail.

over all you can get more lumens out of the Epson, but the Sony gives you a better picture even at slightly less lumens ( however the sony gives more CALIBRATED lumens, about 1000 vs 670 )

If you can see both do that, but the sony is better all around in my opinion.

If you like to watch a lot of HSBS 3d content however, the Epson does it much bettter with almost no ghosting. however if you watch 3d ISO Frame packed or BD 3d then go with the Sony... you will be happier over all.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by plasmaowner View Post

If you're in the US, the Sony can be had for 2999.

Ebay comes to mind.. but then again you can get the VW95es for $4300 on Ebay as well wink.gif
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by DrZaus View Post

Ebay comes to mind.. but then again you can get the VW95es for $4300 on Ebay as well wink.gif


we are not talking about ebay...
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by tothjm View Post

we are not talking about ebay...

Can you post the link or show me where it can be bought for $3k?
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by DrZaus View Post

Can you post the link or show me where it can be bought for $3k?


send me a PM, im not linking anyone's business in the forum threads.

only if you plan to buy one.
post #14 of 14
I had very similar budget and room size as you. I bought the Epson 5020ub and have it projected on a 106" Carada screen. Screen cost just over $800. Very professional looking and easy to assemble.


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