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I was wondering if I could setup front projection in my living room just to use for movies at night. I want a really large 1080p display for blu-ray. Here is a pic of the setup in my living room currently.





Preferably I'd like a screen that could move up and down so I could use the DLP during the day for regular HDTV viewing and just bring the screen down at night when I want to watch movies. The recessed area where my TV and speakers are is a little over 9ft wide. I sit a distance of approximately 14ft from the DLP that is there now.


Is front projection feasible here? I really know very little about front projection...I usually read the plasma,LCD or RPTV forums. If so, what would be the best way to mount the screen? Would it have to go on the very back wall, thus not allowing me to use the DLP or could I somehow get one extended all the way across where the outer wall comes out? What a screen that size be way to big for my viewing distance if its 1080p content?


Any and all comments are appreciated. Let me know if I've really lost it in my quest for giant, beautiful 1080p glory
 

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Originally Posted by obsidian /forum/post/15537994


I was wondering if I could setup front projection in my living room just to use for movies at night. I want a really large 1080p display for blu-ray. Here is a pic of the setup in my living room currently.





Preferably I'd like a screen that could move up and down so I could use the DLP during the day for regular HDTV viewing and just bring the screen down at night when I want to watch movies. The recessed area where my TV and speakers are is a little over 9ft wide. I sit a distance of approximately 14ft from the DLP that is there now.


Is front projection feasible here? I really know very little about front projection...I usually read the plasma,LCD or RPTV forums. If so, what would be the best way to mount the screen? Would it have to go on the very back wall, thus not allowing me to use the DLP or could I somehow get one extended all the way across where the outer wall comes out? What a screen that size be way to big for my viewing distance if its 1080p content?


Any and all comments are appreciated. Let me know if I've really lost it in my quest for giant, beautiful 1080p glory

Yes. Is that a picture of your room during the day? I ask because it looks dark enough in there for a projector as is. Of course darker is better. How wide is your seating area? In my family room I use a 106" screen and I view from 11'-6". from 14 feet I would want a 120" screen. If your viewing area is not real wide a DaLite High Power screen would work well, but a DaLite HP screen requires the projector to be mounted near eye level. The HP screen has 2.8 gain when set up properly. It nearly triples the brightness of the image.
 

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The main problem I see is speaker placement. Unless you get an acoustically transparent screen then I don't think you can get a much larger screen.
 

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This picture was taken at night...there is a very large sliding glass door to the patio to the left so I doubt it would be good for daytime viewing. That's why I was trying to think of a way where I could keep the DLP behind the screen and just bring the screen down for movie viewing at night only. I don't know much about all the different mounting options, screens types, etc though.


Near eye-level mounting for the projector would be a problem too. Our couch is all the way up against the back wall, so the projector would be right above my head.
 

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Center channels in theaters are typically behind the screen, right? Are there a lot of downsides to acoustically transparent screens?
 

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Center channels in theaters are typically behind the screen, right? Are there a lot of downsides to acoustically transparent screens?

I am not an expert on acoustically transparent screens but the downsides that I know of include:


* Cost

* Space needed between the screen and speaker fronts

* Limited Options on size, gain, style
 
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