Dear AVS Forum,
the home theater bug has bitten me! It is about time, I've been in love with film all my life.
[feel free to skip the next 5 paragraphs, if you're not interested in my personal history]
In my teens, I vividly remember buying a lens on eBay and building a sort of "camera obscura", in which I would place my TFL monitor upside down and produce a large image on my bedroom wall. Woah, I've actually forgotten about that until writing this post
It was impossible to get that thing in focus, aside from some small areas of the picture. Nevertheless gave me joy to build and the "wow" effect when it was done.
It took me a decade and a half (3 years ago), to pull the trigger on my first projector: a W1070, a 1080p BenQ. It was set up in the attic of my previous home, projecting on a poorly painted wall and with so much keystone, I'm embarrassed to tell you about it :S
The painting process was laborious and frustrating, as the wall started to peel off with the fresh paint -- the timelapse footage would make you ROTFL. A disaster, but worked somehow in the end... That BenQ gave me so much joy, that I decided to pass it on to my dad. He lives in a different country and is discovering the magic of projection by himself now.
After letting the BenQ go, I moved to a different home and upgraded to the Optoma UHD51/a. That thing can throw an amazingly sharp image at very short distances. Motion handling is top notch (to my eyes) and works great paired with the NVidia Shield and a beefy Synology NAS.
My most recent acquisition was an Optoma UHD 300X. Got it as a gift for my cousin for his home theater setup. Motion handling on that one is not so good, action scenes are hard to follow. But it too will throw a sharp 4K image and is a generous start for his projection life. In helping my cousin setup his bat cave, I realized my own setup has a lot of untapped potential.
My projection room is on the top floor of a 3-story rented
dutch house with no straight ceilings (see attached scheme, also similar to this room: https://www.homecinemamagazine.nl/20...p-verlichting/
So, the improvements I'm looking to make are (in order of importance):
. fix projector into the ceiling, it currently sits on top of a book shelf -> with this I'll be able to open up more space in the room for better sitting AND better position the projector, as it currently sits tilted. Will take some carpentry work, as I need to insert the projector into the celling itself. Will also need to make sure it has enough airflow.
. black out side walls + door -> better black levels! They are currently quite poor. Need to figure out:
2.1. what material to use (?) curtains, velvet, wallpaper, paint
. blackout area around the screen. velvet (?). Options:
3.1. hang the velvet from the ceiling OR build a structure with cardboard or plywood
3.2. ideally build something that will allow for switching between 16:9 and 2.35:1. Something that can be folded in and out.
. blackout ceiling: it's a wooden structure, house beams + plywood for insulation. Just paint over it? Or velvet + finger pins (?)
. blackout back wall. Black paint should do the job.
. Audio. This is a big project in itself. Insulation is needed if I'm to upgrade my speakers, as neighbor would complain.
. New projector. Got my eyes on an NX7.
. Perhaps I should give up now, since its a rented house, neighbors are too close and do this at a later point in my life (31 currently) ...
I'm a bit overwhelmed with the amount of work, and most of the info on AVS Forum is for the US, but I'm living in Europe. Things I've looked at so far:
* Black velvet recommended by AVS Forum: https://syfabrics.com/products/plush-triple-velvet1
(sadly not available in Europe, they won't ship overseas)
* Black velvet on Dutch Online shop: https://www.textielstad.nl/stoffen/s...ne-velvet.html
(several materials here, Zione seems best benefit for price)
* Black Vinyl: https://www.photography-backgrounds....yl-backed.html
(UK supplier yet to answer, but it's 7m long, not sure how to ship this. Also attaching it to the wall seems challenging)
* Black paint suggested here at AVS Forum: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...1e6b30f4f81e32
(haven't found on local market yet...)
Note: once I get home next week will post images of the room & better measurements