Originally Posted by ahogue142
I’ve been attempting to read about which projector is right for me. The more I read. The more I’m confused. My media room will be 12ft wide and 15 ft long. The projector will be 9.5-10 ft from the wall. Projector will be used for 60% streaming, 30% gaming, and 10% dvd movies. There is a very small amount of ambient light. Budget will be 1000-1500. Can you guys please give me insight on some projectors to read up on? I have read about the optoma uhd60, not sold on it yet, but not sure if it would be too much, or too less for my needs. And I’m certainly open to other recommendations. Thank you
Here is what I would do...
At your budget, you need to be conservative on the cost of the screen.
For the better and punchier image, I would personally spend the money on treating the front 1/4 to 1/2 of the room with Triple Black Velvet - $180 from Amazon.com.
Even if you paint the side walls, a room with those dimensions is going to reflect some light back onto the screen hurting the picture, especially with lights on.
The black velvet treatment to the first 1/4th of the room will help the picture maintain contrast when you are using lighting that is pointing away from the screen.
I would say there are 2 quick and easy ways to do this for the screen in your budget:
1) For a smaller screen up to 106", the Cheapest way = Blackout Cloth ($25 Roclon from Ebay). Tack it directly to the wall. Cover it with black velvet panels (use foamcore or cardboard or just staple/tack directly to wall). You can also buy Carl's Blackout Cloth in larger sizes, but if spending that kind of money the Carl's Ultrawhite is a better buy at $100+ or so and offers larger sizes as well. You could also look at other non-stretch materials that come as gray screens or whatever, but they are usually expensive enough to where it might not be worth it, at that point just buy a Silver Ticket screen.
The problem is, if you spend $250+ on a screen with no black velvet treatment, well the cheaper screen with the black velvet treatment is going to blow it away looks-wise because of the better contrast in the room.
2) Get the Silver Ticket AT screen and put speakers in the wall or behind the screen. I personally would not do this unless AUDIO is your main concern, because it's always a lot more trouble to setup and harder for a person to envision the final result that has never done it before. Besides your blowing half or more of your budget on AUDIO here.
This is just my opinion, and it depends how big of speakers you want to use, but sounds like you are on a budget, so speakers probably bookshelf I am guessing.
I'd probably just mount Sony Core bookshelf speakers (or any bookshelf) on the walls using $20 mounting brackets from Amazon. Use cheaper speakers for the surrounds and rear (like really cheap IMO - Monoprice or Daytons). Buy bigger or better speakers later, or just use your existing speakers even if you want to, but I'd at least replace the 2 fronts with some better bookshelf speakers.
After tacking blackout cloth ($25) or Carl's Ultrawhite ($120) to the wall directly, the screen borders are created by using the Triple Black Velvet.
It's not hard to do to make it look professional, as good as any screen you buy and mount. It's actually fairly easy really, just have to be careful when tacking and use 2 people.
Also, if you tack a screen, you have to let it settle and re-position a few tacks for the first 1-2 weeks (and before applying the velvet borders works best).
I know this way works fine because I have done it several times.
Then spend the remaining on the projector.
That's just how I would do it, not saying it's the absolute only way, you might not like the aesthetics or extra work that black velvet requires.
However, it definitely improves the picture a lot more than painting will, and it is easier than painting IMO.