Originally Posted by Matthew Condio
Thank you for the suggestion. I will keep this in the back of my mind and do some research on the 5450 and the wireless HDMI module. I'm still not super thrilled at the idea of a visible projector over our heads, but I'll at least give it some thought.
I do care about the aesthetics of the room and seeing a projector above the seating area is something I'm not really a fan of. Seeing what UST projectors could look like is what really sold me. I know I'm taking a performance/quality hit, but I think I'll like my end result just a bit more.
I think I may buy the ViewSonic PX800HD since it seems to have pretty good reviews. I'm just suprised that almost no one here seems to be reviewing or owning the newer LG laser USTs. If that 1080P works out, I will upgrade in the future to something like the P1. Now I'll just have to pick a sanely priced screen and call it a day.
UST is not perfect aesthetically either.
I would buy a desk or credenza with a large hutch for the back of the room, hide the projector in the cabinet part of the hutch when NOT in use.
I would also buy an electric screen and pay an installer to recess it into the ceiling, or otherwise just install it normally.
You only open the hutch doors when the PJ is NOT in use. You might need to mod the hutch slightly to get some fans blowing in there.
You can also just find a hutch where the PJ fits tight, but then pull the projector out by making a sliding cabinet rail setup.
You will also have to build a mounting platform if going with a DLP, but it's easy. Epsons are an option too, but many are too large.
You could install AC infinity fans from Amazon... Make sure your head can clear the image though, depends on length of room, but you can find some pretty tall hutches.
Run the cabling under a throw rug, or pay a pro installer to do it through the conduits.
That is how I would do it if aesthetics were #1 priority, I certainly wouldn't use a UST.
Another way is to get a coffee table in the middle of the room that has doors, and hide a short throw (not UST), and put weights in the coffee table so it's unmovable (so no-one can bump it).
Problem with that is of course just depends on the room and you have to find the right size table.