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Looking for opinions/thoughts from the gang that I know hangs out here.

We are in the process of getting ready to build a new home.Unfortunately, for the first time in 20 years, we will not have a dedicated home theater space. Instead the new house will have a section that will function more like a big den/family room. This area will not be light controlled or as acoustically ideal as a dedicated HT.

Currently we are debating either going with a large OLED TV (or similar tech) or using a projector behind the screen. If we go rear projection (would use our Sony 5000ES) I would build a projection/equipment room behind the screen.
This den area will be used during the day and night, so wash out from daylight is a concern if going projection. We want the size and immersion afforded by projection with the ability to use it all day long if desired, without having to make the room pitch black.

While the new entertainment room will not be acoustical optimized I am still planning to invest in a great audio system regardless of which display tech we go with.


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I have a rear projection setup that the family actually prefers to the dedicated theater. The 5000 ES would definitely be up to the task because rear projection glass eats a good bit of light. A large OLED would be nice also, but the immersion of the larger screen would be my vote especially if I already had the 5000 ES.
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Large high quality rear screens are very expensive (they're big lenticular lenses), and besides eating a lot of volume for the projection booth they monopolize a lot of wall space.

But great if you can handle that.

I'd also look at ALR (ambient light rejecting) screens; check the Screens forum.

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Yeah the Stewart glass screens used to cost as much as an 88" OLED a few years ago when they were current. Does Stewart even make/supply them anymore? There was a huge price differential between US and Euro cost, due to additional shipping cost.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions and opinions.

Our current HT has a 120" AT screen and we use it quite a bit. We prefer a larger screen (my opinion is bigger is better in this case). I hadn't put much thought into what kind of screen I would need/use for a rear projection setup. I was assuming it would be like much like a standard projection screen. I'll have to start doing some research on screen types.

Any one have experience with a laser ultra short throw projector?

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Well you could go the lycra route.
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