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Wood stage. Good/Bad idea?

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone.  I need some advice, please.  I just purchased a projector (Runco LS-3 w/ Stewart Firehawk screen). This is not going in a dedicated theater room, just in an open area in the basement.  My wife wanted a wood stage, and I was wondering how that would affect the screen and acoustics.  We could try to find carpet for the stage if neccesary which would sort of match the rest of the basement...but she would prefer this, if possible.  I just want to know if the wood stage would be good enough, or has anybody done something different to maximize acoustics and picture quality.  The carpet is a light color.

 

Thanks so much!

 

Tim

post #2 of 9
If the room, in general, is not treated (just a regular room), a wooden stage isn't going to make much of a difference, really. A carpeted floor will help some.

If the stage is light in color, it will affect the perceived contrast on your screen, though.

You mention this isn't a dedicated room - I imagine you'll be fine.
post #3 of 9
Of all the issues with a projector going in an un-dedicated room, what material the stage is made out of is wwwwwaaaayyy down the list. wink.gif

Your biggest issue visually, is going to be light reflection. Darker, less shiney, is better. Projectors are big bright things, the more light colored surfaces in your room for the light coming off the screen to bounce of off, the more your picture quality will suffer. Specifically the blacks will be washed out, colors as well to a lesser degree. The colors/surfaces directly surrounding your screen, IE floor, walls and ceiling, will effect your viewing the most.

There are a LOT of things you can do to help optimize a less than optimal situation, but basically its going to be a little bit of an, in for a penny in for a pound situation. If you're interested, I'm sure we can come up with a great list of things you could do to help create a better viewing/listening experience, but if that all sounds like work, I wouldn't worry about. I'd build your stage and cover it with whatever you like and get your screen and PJ up, turn the lights off and enjoy. smile.gif

But, if you're like me (and a lot of others here) You'll find yourself wanting to tweak and optimize and play with everything here and there...the best bit of advice i can give you, is STOP, keep the PJ in the box, and do some planning first. You've already started asking questions, which is a great first step. But ask yourself what you really want from the experience and plan and budget accordingly.
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Originally Posted by premiertrussman View Post

Of all the issues with a projector going in an un-dedicated room, what material the stage is made out of is wwwwwaaaayyy down the list. wink.gif

Your biggest issue visually, is going to be light reflection. Darker, less shiney, is better. Projectors are big bright things, the more light colored surfaces in your room for the light coming off the screen to bounce of off, the more your picture quality will suffer. Specifically the blacks will be washed out, colors as well to a lesser degree. The colors/surfaces directly surrounding your screen, IE floor, walls and ceiling, will effect your viewing the most.

There are a LOT of things you can do to help optimize a less than optimal situation, but basically its going to be a little bit of an, in for a penny in for a pound situation. If you're interested, I'm sure we can come up with a great list of things you could do to help create a better viewing/listening experience, but if that all sounds like work, I wouldn't worry about. I'd build your stage and cover it with whatever you like and get your screen and PJ up, turn the lights off and enjoy. smile.gif

But, if you're like me (and a lot of others here) You'll find yourself wanting to tweak and optimize and play with everything here and there...the best bit of advice i can give you, is STOP, keep the PJ in the box, and do some planning first. You've already started asking questions, which is a great first step. But ask yourself what you really want from the experience and plan and budget accordingly.

Thanks so much for your reply! Unfortunately, a dedicated room is really not an option. I will see what I can do to make the areas around the screen darker.
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Originally Posted by Johnsteph10 View Post

If the room, in general, is not treated (just a regular room), a wooden stage isn't going to make much of a difference, really. A carpeted floor will help some.

If the stage is light in color, it will affect the perceived contrast on your screen, though.

You mention this isn't a dedicated room - I imagine you'll be fine.

Ok. Thanks for your comments. I will try to make the stage darker and try to keep it from having too much reflection. Thanks!
post #6 of 9
If an open / general basement, why have a stage at all?
What functional purpose do you see the stage being used for?
post #7 of 9
it makes a visual statement
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by mtbdudex View Post

If an open / general basement, why have a stage at all?
What functional purpose do you see the stage being used for?

I just like the way they look
post #9 of 9
I built a 5' deep wooden stage as part of my room, the kids like to perform so it was always going to be part of the design. I like how it looks and it get's good use but I still need to work out how to light it properly, the link to my build thread is in my sig.
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