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First attempt at a Theater, low budget

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am going for a low budget first attempt Home Theater so that my wife and I can enjoy movies in the basement while the children are asleep, and then in the future they can enjoy the theater too.

As mentioned this is going to be in the basement but it is already finished in my house, nothing fancy and I want to work with what I have if possible.

I have chosen the following parts so far.

Onkyo HTS 3500 HTIB Purchased
WD Live Purchased
Optoma HD66
Elite Screens M99UWS1 Manual Projection Screen 99inch

I am open to any suggestions on pieces not purchased and obviously any help with the theater layout, I have included pictures of the room below and a rough sketch of the dimensions.



I plan on placing the couch against the bar and the projector, receiver and WD Live on the other side of the bar mounted on wall shelving.





My main concerns are regarding the screen size and the throw distance and if this is viable as I have never owned or operated a projector before.
post #2 of 9
You cannot place the Optoma HD66 on a shelf because it doesn't have lens shift. It needs to be mounted upside down, at ceiling height.

What is the screen size you want?

What is the throw distance, in feet? Measured from lens to screen.

How tall is your ceiling?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I can ceiling mount the projector then, thanks for the advice.

I would like a 100 inch screen.

Measurements as follows, ceiling is 7ft 10inches, and the distance lens to screen approximately is 12ft 5inches.
post #4 of 9
For a 100" diagonal screen, the HD66's lens needs to be between 11' 3" and 12' 4" from screen. So you need to move it forward slightly. And the image offset is 6", so the lens would need to be 6" above the top of screen, when ceiling mounted.

You really should consider spending a little more and buying a 1080p projector.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I have taken your advice and ordered a Viewsonic Pro 8200 which should be here within a week.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by wedge27 View Post

I have taken your advice and ordered a Viewsonic Pro 8200 which should be here within a week.

I never said to buy the Pro 8200 though. It has a pretty large image offset. With a 12.5' throw distance and 100" diagonal screen, the offset will be 17". That means when ceiling mounted, the lens will need to be 17" above the top of screen. You have 2 choices:

1) Angle front of projector up to raise image, then use keystone correction. Not good.

2) Buy a different projector. About the same price, the Benq 5920's image offset is only 7".
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately I cannot buy another projector now, I won it on Ebay and its already paid for and shipped.

My painted screen is 21 inches below the ceiling so this leaves 3 inches to fit the Viewsonic to the ceiling, I doubt that is possible, unless I mount it directly to the ceiling with very little clearance or lower the height of the screen some more which is easier as its painted.
post #8 of 9
I'm surprised that your screen is so far from the ceiling, but in this case that's good. Just mount the projector as close to ceiling as possible.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Just mount the projector as close to ceiling as possible.

Will do.

I will post updated pictures when the Pro8200 is installed along with the Onkyo system and the painted screen.
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