Aging techie here. I used to try to figure this stuff out by myself, but with small kids, time for hobbies has gotten away from me. I would greatly appreciate the collective wisdom of AVSForum.
Help me pick a projector setup for a mixed-use room in a modern city condo. The room is open, and is about 21 feet wide x 32 feet long. We use 21’x22’ of that for the living and entertainment area. Ceilings are 10’ 6”. We have a lot of ambient light in the daytime, and some ambient light from our condo complex at night.
We do not have a ton of room in the ceiling or walls (about 4” behind the drywall before you hit concrete).
There are a lot of windows on two walls that let in a lot of natural light by day.
We are debating two potential screen placements:
Dropdown screen to cover our windows (see picture)
On the large wall opposite the fireplace. Ideally, we’d hang a projector in the fireplace area
I currently own a Sonos playbar, Sub, and play:1s as surrounds, but open to installing in-wall speakers. I like Sonos because my wife and parents know how to use it. I’d be inclined to keep using their products (including their new Amp, if we had in-wall speakers, even though it would only be 4.1 with a phantom center channel).
Not making this a room where the TV is always on. In fact, in an ideal world, the fact that we watch TV in there would not be obvious. I realize that may not be possible.
Kidproof - no speakers in reach of a toddler. This leads me towards in-walls or wall-mounted speakers
All in budget - $7500, which I was thinking would be broken down roughly as follows:
Projector and screen spending - Up to $6.5K
Audio - another $1000 if needed. If we installed
Thoughts on the feasibility of a drop-down motorized screen?