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Hey guys, new to the forum. Just bought our first "used" house and it has this little area in the basement living room I'm thinking about turning into a dedicated media room but it's pretty small. 12'9" in length and 10'6" in width. The little half wall in the pics is not a load bearing wall but I really don't want to move it outward, just fill the wall in to make it completely closed off or perhaps put a door to enter the theater and close off the corner that is now open. My original thought was to purchase a large screen tv but am now considering a projector but am not familiar with them. How large of a screen could I do with a projector on a 10 1/2' wall? I'd be seated approximately 11' feet away. Another problem is the ceiling. It has HVAC duct work in it I believe and comes 4' off the wall. Ceiling is 8'8" without ducting and 7'6" with ducting. I was debating closing off the back corner that is now open to put the door but am concerned about using up wall space for seating. There's only 3 of us so I'd like seating for 3. Thanks for any advice you all can give. By the way the 10 1/2' wall has unfinished basement space on the other side.
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A problem you run into with small rooms is what is called the throw ratio. The throw ratio is the ratio of the distance of the lens to the screen divided by image width. Assuming you can get the lens 10 ft from the screen the current most popular JVC projector will only shine a 100 inch diagonal image or smaller. It will differ by brand and model. There are short throw projectors and new Ultra short throw projectors that sit on a credenza below the screen. Another solution has been to put the projector outside the room shining through a porthole.
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85” tv for the win.
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85, Probably what I would do, but move the seating a little closer than 11 ft.
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Hi,

a 100" is plenty when you're seating at that distance or closer. If you plan things properly you can do a very cozy little cinema room in there. Mine is about 14' long by 9' wide and I've installed a 107" screen. Had to be retractable because of the room's door. Yours would be easier to do. The thing is, if you don't mind going for an 85" TV, as the previous poster suggested, then that would give you the best image without even bothering treating the whole room in black, changing lamps, (possible) projector noise, etc.
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Has anyone had success projecting onto a mirror and shining the reflection onto the screen to increase the throw distance and thus the image size. I'm guessing you could use the "Rear Projection" setting to reverse the image (then again, i did poorly in the optics module in physics).

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Check out my theater in my signature. Mine was a spare bedroom that started out as 9 ft wide X 12 ft long not including the closet I removed for my false wall. After removal it became 14.2 ft long. But from screen front to back wall is just under 12 ft long. I’m projecting almost a 110” screen from a Epson 5040. So you can make that room work with some imagination and careful planning.
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Has anyone had success projecting onto a mirror and shining the reflection onto the screen to increase the throw distance and thus the image size. I'm guessing you could use the "Rear Projection" setting to reverse the image (then again, i did poorly in the optics module in physics).
Yes I used a first surface mirror to extend the throw distance for my 10' deep room -- see the pics of my original theater in my new build thread. I'm happy to give advice on the correct kind of mirror to use, how to size and optionally angle the mirror, etc.
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Thanks for the reply's. Just want to make sure a projector is doable with the funky ceiling which it seems like it would be. I would prefer the simplicity of an 85" tv but the ability to hide the front stage behind an AT screen it very alluring. The bigger screen option with a projector is very appealing as well. I went looking at projectors today at Magnolia (Best Buy) and the cheapest one they had was the Sony VW295ES at $5K. I think I'll hit the projector section of this site and see what else is available for less money that will work in my room.
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And Bluer101 I read all 10 pages of your build log. Very impressive!
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but the ability to hide the front stage behind an AT screen it very alluring.
Yes but keep in mind that depending on speaker selection you will chew up some room size which you really can't afford.
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