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I'm clueless about my dedicated theatre (Part 1: Projector choice)

post #1 of 11
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Hello everyone,

Hope this is posted in the right spot. Long story short, my parents purchased a home with an already complete (at least to my eye) dedicated theatre build. What I don't know is what to do now to properly equip this room. There is no audio setup yet, but the cables are all in place.

The first issue to start things out is what to do about a projector. I'm looking at something ideally less than $2,000. Although closer to $1000 would be great since I'm not sure I would really be able to tell the difference between the really expensive stuff at this point so maybe I can update it later. This will be used only in this dedicated space (I don't need to worry about something that will be bright enough for a bright room). Ideally as much bang for the buck as possible. Some light gaming and 3d, but probably 90% of the time will be 2D movie watching. I haven't seen the rainbow effect that people discuss so I'm not sure if that should be a concern yet. I do want something with long lamp life as that seems to be important for keeping longterm costs down.

My first confusion is that the screen ratio seems to be ~2.35/2.4 (~111"X48" fixed screen). What do I need to look for given my space and that I have a dedicated shelf 71" high and 198" from the screen? Do I need something that will do lens shift or is this going to be close to spot on? Will I need to move it if I watch at 16:9?

Any comments in general about what should be going through my head? If you had this space what would you do for a projector?

Any help is appreciated, this is new territory for me.



From right side of the projector closet



Left side looking through the projector/AV room/closet





My rough measurements and sketch of the space
post #2 of 11
a very enviable HT room!

here's one tool to select a projector based on your screen size and throw distance:

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=&w=&r=&br=&ll=&ltg=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=16.5&i=w&is=111&sort=pop&sz=15
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link!

So as long as the projector lists in the specs that it is within the throw of 16.5 feet I'm good?

Screen size is diagonal not just width correct?

Most aspect ratios are 16:9, are there some that do 2.35 better than others?

Does it matter my shelf height for picking something without lens shift? I'm baffled about whether I will need lens shift with this setup?
post #4 of 11
I'd look at models with lens memory, meaning they can zoom/focus/shift from 16:9 content to 2.35:1 content with the click of a button on your remote. Not sure if any exist below $2k, but if you can stretch the budget a bit, the JVC RS45 or the Panny8000 might fit the bill. I have the JVC model and am very happy with features and picture quality, although if 3D is important to you, there might be better options. While the JVC has superb 2D picture quality, it's 3D performance is below average.
post #5 of 11
If 3D isn't a must have, you can get a nice deal on a used Panasonic PT AE-4000 (has lens memory), or a used JVC RS-1 / RS-10 / RS-20; or Epson 8350 is an affordable option as well.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, so if the projector doesn't have the auto zoom, then I have to re-adjust it every time I switch to a different ratio?
post #7 of 11
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Sorry I meant lens memory
post #8 of 11
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I have heard a lot of great things about the Epson 8350, so although that doesn't have the lens memory, probably I would just go for that one as a refurb for 900 since it is relatively easy to find. I don't know much about projectors to look for I used one. I have also heard good things about the BenQ 1070, worth the price difference?

Some people complain about bulb life on the Epson, which is a concern to me. If the BenQ is as thrifty in its Eco mode as they say, over 5 years or so it should save some $$$ over the epson and have 3D as well?
post #9 of 11
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But so far what I'm seeing here is that there aren't any big issues that I need to be aware off with my current HT setup, I don't need to make sure to have lens shift in order to calibrate a good picture at the height that it is at on the shelf (71")?
post #10 of 11
You need a projector with vertical lens shift because you have a fixed projector position and you need to be able to hit the screen without tilting the projector. If the projection location is in the center of the room you won't need horizontal shift.

here is a good resource to read about projectors

http://www.projectorreviews.com/1080p-projector/projector_awards_2013.php#entry
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by stevez32 View Post

I have heard a lot of great things about the Epson 8350, so although that doesn't have the lens memory, probably I would just go for that one as a refurb for 900 since it is relatively easy to find. I don't know much about projectors to look for I used one. I have also heard good things about the BenQ 1070, worth the price difference?

Some people complain about bulb life on the Epson, which is a concern to me. If the BenQ is as thrifty in its Eco mode as they say, over 5 years or so it should save some $$$ over the epson and have 3D as well?
my friend has an 8350 in his theater on a 120"x 51" Jamestown screen and it looks great!
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