Originally Posted by MikeyD360
I set myself a budget of $20K which quickly became almost $40K and that's just on equipment and furniture - my head was and still is in the clouds. Once you see your financial limit approaching you start thinking of many ways to create cost efficiencies but the best ideas come from 'head in the clouds' thinking.
just as an example in regards to screens - a SeymourAV fixed 1.78 screen in 130" width (150" diagonal) will set you up for $1775 and to add on 2.40 masking panels is another $499. You will find other brands are cheaper or more expensive and may be better or worse, I just use this as an example (my screen experience is limited)
If you're set on a retractable, you can get dual rollers (1 for screen, 1 for masking) which are a fair bit more expensive.
LOL, yeah I don't really have a true "budget". I'm building an entire addition and simply don't want to spend "too much". Whatever that means. I guess what that means is that once I spend the cash I have in the bank and the $100k line of credit I have effectively reached my "budget" and will need to hold on any further purchases until cash comes in. I want the best of both worlds and try to think of cost-effective ways to get there but I simply don't have much experience (actually, none) in this area. Everything I know about HT's come basically from this website over the last couple of weeks of research. I am glad to hear of people successfully doing the dual screens. Maybe I need to keep my head in the clouds a little longer and not get discouraged by the obstacles which come up.
About the screen materials...I will have a fully light controlled room. I do plan on watching sports, regular HDTV and playing XBOX with the lights up a little. Originally I was thinking about going with either a Black Diamond screen or the Stewart Firehawk grey screen. If I do the separate screens, I wonder if it would work well if I went with a less expensive Seymour 2.4 screen (or other white screen) for dedicated movie watching (which will have the lights more dimmed usually) and a grey screen for the more general purpose 16:9 screen. On that note, what kind of budget would I be looking at to do a couple of dual dropdowns with my viewing habits? Would I save money by having one fixed 2.4 screen with a 1.78 drop screen? I could use horizontal masking panels to cover the edges of the 2.4 when the 1.78 is deployed.
Thanks for the continued input as I work through this. I do need to make a decision fairly soon so I can let me architect know what to draw up. (On that same note, should I go with acoustically transparent screens to optimize speaker placement or can I get away with the center speaker above (mounted on a valance and pointed down some perhaps) or below?
FYI...first row is about 12-13' viewing distance back and room will be about 17-18' wide, 25' deep with 9' ceilings. One more thing...if I do go with the dual screens, do I need to fork out the automated anamorphic lens or is one of the projectors that can do the lens-less 2.4 acceptable (even if not optimal)?
(edit: added the comment about the anamorphic lens)Edited by DarinS - 1/27/13 at 4:25pm