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post #1 of 3 Old 03-15-2020, 11:39 AM - Thread Starter
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Poor man's CIH for cheap?

I just got an offer accepted on house that, surprisingly for this area, has a full basement. One of the room has no windows, making it a good location for a theater with a projector.

The room is not huge: roughly 12 by 16.

I'm new to the projector world. I had a cheap 480p projector in college (10 years ago) but only LCD tvs since.

I'd like to try a CIH setup. I will only be watching movies (no video games or TV)

Things I care about:

* Handling of 24FPS
* Projector noise
* 1080p (Don't need 4K or 3D)
* Motorized zoom to switch between 16x9 and 2.35.

I'd like to keep the projector under 1K, if possible. Also, any recommendations for cheap screens? This looked like a reasonable deal but I have no idea about quality: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...rame_45_x.html.
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Refurbished Epson 5040ub and 4010 are in your price range. Both have lens memory and a warranty.

You see cheap used 1080p lenses as well from time to time. Used projectors come up from time to time with lens memory and or a lens.

Elite and silver ticket make 2.35 screens. The fixed ones are good for the money.

You can do this on budget
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To keep costs down, DIY your screen, at least to start. Cheapest way would be paint directly on your wall, but blackout cloth and wooden frame won't cost much more. $60 is achievable if you get the cloth on sale from Joanne's. Look in the screen DIY subforum for plans.
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