Sigh... Short throw projector or work around?
Just moved (again). Before now my wife and I have either rented or purchased homes I felt that we could re-market in 3 years or so without taking a bath on brokerage fees or depreciation. Not ideal, but one does what one has to when confronted with unavoidable geographic uncertainty. This time it seems we are staying put for the foreseeable future, which allowed for a budget increase and, by extension, a more than comfortable increase in square footage by comparison to previous homes. Solid build quality. Outfitted with in-wall speakers in kitchen, 1st floor living, and 2nd floor master. The finished basement (where I intend for this projector to go), is actually the only level of the house that lacks in-wall speakers in one or more spaces, but that is not exactly a bad problem to have.
As you can see I still have a lot of packing/unpacking work ahead of me, so perhaps that is where my focus should be. However, for any project that requires or may require me to pull wire, I like to get it done ASAP after moving in before space starts to fill up, as it invariably will, and most likely make my job harder. Location pictured is in finished basement and is natural spot for the projector I want. It has great light shielding. Wet bar and bathroom is just behind where I was standing when I snapped this photo, and you can't see it, there is a space on right that will work great as a media cabinet. There is one glaring problem, however, and the photograph really does my job for me in that regard. Again, I was standing about 20 feet away from the wall, so plenty of space, or at least there is until that horizontal beam is taken into account. At first I assumed that was an HVAC duct, but after exploring the crawl space a little bit, in fact it is not. It is also not a solid support beam. Instead it looks to be a hollow boxed off region, but it is stuffed with insulation. A cell phone is no substitute for a flash light, so my viewing was not ideal and I need to crawl back in there again and investigate more, but pending a more thorough investigation of the matter, I will work with what little I have observed (and it may not matter anyway). The drop down from the ceiling starts about 8 foot back from the wall, and regardless of what purpose it serves, I have a very hard time envisioning how it would not get in the way of any attempt to place a projector behind it, mount or no mount. Assuming it is in fact hollowed, one might be able to actually cut a recess out and put a projector in there, which would be nice and tidy, but you would still only have about 8 feet of throw distance. As for the projector, I am a fan of the BenQ HT3550 because it appears, for my part, to be a very solid choice viewed from a cost/value perspective, but assuming a throw distance of 8 feet (or less), I wouldn't be making much of a dent in the real estate afforded by that back wall with a BenQ HT3550. Thoughts appreciated re how best to deal with the problem presented by the drop down from the ceiling, whether that be working around it, selecting different equipment, or both. Throw distance on the BenQ HT2150ST would probably work in front of drop down, and the lower input lag is nice, but giving up the higher resolution (which I would prefer, I think?).