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Hi everyone. I'd like to install a projector and a screen in my soon to be renovated living room. The only problem is that with my specific room a standard projector placed in its optimal spot (marked C on the plan) wouldn't look great. It would have to be in the middle of the ceiling and I'd like to avoid that. Any advice on projector types (preferably specific models) that would work in this setting? I would like an HD projector and a screen that's 70-75 inches wide.

I was thinking about some long throw option above the windows on the opposite side of the room (A) but there's only about 4 inches from the ceiling to the top of the windows (the visualizations are not completely accurate). Or maybe a long throw but to the side (B)? These extra long throw options tend to be big and expensive though.

I was also thinking about a ceiling-mounted ultra short throw projector right in front of the ceiling beam (D). The height of the room in the area behind the ceiling beam is just 90 inches but I would still need a projector with high vertical shift so that the image is not very high up (again, in the visualizations it's a little higher than I'd want it). Any recommendations?

And how about rear projection? Is it possible (and affordable) to get a special screen and project onto it from behind (E)?

And what do you think about a standard projector mounted on one of the side walls + keystone correction? Is there a chance that this would work nicely?

Would be great if I didn't have to spend more than $1000 on the projector but I'd also consider more expensive options if they somehow fit nicely in the room. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Pretty room, terrible setup for a projector lol. White walls, awkward layout to place your projector/screen. Woof, this is tricky. I've got two recommendations:
  1. UST right in front of the screen. So that would be option D in your diagram. You'd want to match it with a ALR screen for a UST but I'm unsure about pull-down ALR screens like that for a ceiling mounted UST.
  2. Rotate your room. Put the screen on the piano wall and rotate your couch 90 degrees. Then, go to the TV sub forum and ask for a 70-75" TV recommendation because it would work so much better in this room. Otherwise, get a UST or mount a projector to the ceiling above that blue-ish doorframe. I personally think this layout would fit the room much better. You'd get two walkways around the couch, one would alow you to go straight in from what looks like your front door, all the way to the back of your place. Also, you wouldn't be placing the screen in a sorta awkward place.
 
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Tough room. I know I would put a large flat screen on the table in front of the windows. If stealth is your concern maybe a flat screen that rises out of a custom made cabinet in front of the windows. If you insist on a projector, as that is not a projector friendly room, possible a UST ceiling mounted rear projected. Not sure UST's have rear projection option as you would need to check it out and that small of a drop rear projection screen maybe hard to source.
 

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Hi everyone. I'd like to install a projector and a screen in my soon to be renovated living room. The only problem is that with my specific room a standard projector placed in its optimal spot (marked C on the plan) wouldn't look great. It would have to be in the middle of the ceiling and I'd like to avoid that. Any advice on projector types (preferably specific models) that would work in this setting? I would like an HD projector and a screen that's 70-75 inches wide.

I was thinking about some long throw option above the windows on the opposite side of the room (A) but there's only about 4 inches from the ceiling to the top of the windows (the visualizations are not completely accurate). Or maybe a long throw but to the side (B)? These extra long throw options tend to be big and expensive though.

I was also thinking about a ceiling-mounted ultra short throw projector right in front of the ceiling beam (D). The height of the room in the area behind the ceiling beam is just 90 inches but I would still need a projector with high vertical shift so that the image is not very high up (again, in the visualizations it's a little higher than I'd want it). Any recommendations?

And how about rear projection? Is it possible (and affordable) to get a special screen and project onto it from behind (E)?

And what do you think about a standard projector mounted on one of the side walls + keystone correction? Is there a chance that this would work nicely?

Would be great if I didn't have to spend more than $1000 on the projector but I'd also consider more expensive options if they somehow fit nicely in the room. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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The room needs to be rearranged to make it suitable for projection. The wall with the piano against it should be the screen wall and and suitably large screen placed there, or paint the wall with a suitable screen paint. The projector would be ceiling mounted near the opposite wall.
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies. I've actually just stumbled upon the Epson 5030UB. They can be found used for around $1300 where I live. I could mount it on the opposite side of the room just above the windows and its maximum throw ratio of 2.87 and vertical lens shift of 96.30% should allow me to achieve the image size and placement that I want. (It wouldn't fit completely above the window so it would prevent this one window from opening normally but the room has nothing but windows so that should be fine.)
Is there any reason why this wouldn't work?
 
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