First off Happy Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful for AV_Integrated and Kreationz lending a helping hand.
The lease is for seven years and after our recent move don't think the owner will want to do it again. We were at our last place for 20 years. We definitely need a screen because the glare from the dry erase board just tosses the light back in your eyes and floods the room with lots of light.
I think I'm getting the picture now.
If we move the projector closer we do a few things -
make the total projected squared footage less
require less lumens
require a smaller screen
it'll have to be suspended (answers that)
Taking a second look at the list of 4000 lumen+ this one pops out it's $899 I have a 10% coupon too:
going this route doesn't leave a lot for cables and screen. I think after a 6x8 screen that would be it of the budget. I'd have to bring in some cables of my own until I could slip some by at a later junction.
Later on down the line I guess I can do the rest little by little.
Thinking it over I think I should pitch two scenarios to see if I can get more of a budget. Especially if I can get a Dell. For some odd reason they don't mind if I use the credit as much as a large purchase. I'm hoping if I can go this way they'll give me more for the project.
So scenario 1 is:
Mount projector somewhere in the middle of the training room 8' - 10' away from the target wall. Getting a less then 4000 lumen projector, and a small screen.
So I'll need a mount. If I get a Dell should I pay Dell price and get a Dell mount from them? or should I go with a recommended universal brand?
I'll get our electrician to put a box above the drop tile ceiling where it's going for power, should I put a small UPS with it? I wonder where I would put it, I don't know the weight limit of the ceiling grid. I have an extra APC I just dropped a fresh 12v7ah battery in.
Route the cables above the ceiling to the a/v equipment (I think I'll need to attach it to the support wires not lay it across the tiles)
fish them down the wall (so I'll need cable rated for wall installation) Should I run straight cables or should I terminate with some of those plates from monoprice? Maybe that'll depend on budget. But I like less connections, less headache.
Cables will need to be at least 18' (10'+8') plus distance from wall to equipment. I presume HDMI, vga, component and 1 set of RCA, maybe S-Vid?, 1 cat5/6. All monoprice.
Scenario 2: GO BIG
Mount the project in the back of the room
I'll have to move the equipment to the back of the room to keep the runs shorter
If I go big on the projector 4000+ Lumen and a screen I'll have to cheap it on shelf, and just run the cables along the outside of the wall and move the equipment to the back of the room to be closer. Shorter cables, less money.