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I've decided to make the leap to projector and screen. I'm looking at the Panasonic PT-AE4000U. I need a screen but really don't know much about them. I do want an electric ceiling mount and possible acoutically transparent if it drops in front of the center channel. I'm thinking a 2:35:1 screen and something about 80 inches wide. The projector will only be about 7 feet from the screen and ceiling mounted.


Any suggestions or tips for me? Here are a couple pictures of the room.



 

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...I'm thinking a 2:35:1 screen and something about 80 inches wide. The projector will only be about 7 feet from the screen and ceiling mounted...

I hate to tell you this but according to projectorcentral the widest screen you can have with a 7ft throw with an AE4000 is 62" wide(72" 16:9 Diagonal). You'll need a 9 ft throw at maximum zoom for an 80" wide screen. At 62" wide it's not even worth having a projection setup.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Pana...ulator-pro.htm


If that ceiling fan is the reason you can't sit the projector back further than I would consider shelf mounting if at all possible.
 

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I hate to tell you this but according to projectorcentral the widest screen you can have with a 7ft throw with an AE4000 is 62" wide(72" 16:9 Diagonal). You'll need a 9 ft throw at maximum zoom for an 80" wide screen. At 62" wide it's not even worth having a projection setup.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Pana...ulator-pro.htm


If that ceiling fan is the reason you can't sit the projector back further than I would consider shelf mounting if at all possible.

Thank you for the information. Like I said, I'm new to this. Looks like I have two options; remove the ceiling fan or shelf mount the projector, which would put it about 19 feet back from the screen.


Things are a bit flexible at this point. I can move the speakers apart and go with a larger screen more centered on the entire wall.


Thanks again
 

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Nice room. Don't limit yourself to a small screen! I think you could go a lot bigger, judging from the pictures. I'd go wide enough to drop down in front of the left+right speakers too. I'll bet your neighbors like that sub! Got some info on it?

DOH! I kept thinking I needed the speaker on either side of the screen, but you're right. With an acoustic screen, it can drop down in front of everything.


Follow this link to the DSL website and click on " DTS10 Do-it-Yourself Tapped Horn Kit."

http://danleysoundlabs.com/


You will also find a link to my build of this subwoofer.
 

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Be sure to use that link to projectorcentral.com so that you get an idea of the brightness you will get from your projector when determining your projector throw distance. Also, be aware that when using an acoustic screen you'll lose a little bit of brightness (my guess is 10% but I'm not positive). If need be you could potentially mount the screen further away from the wall to shorten the throw distance. Just depends on what you want.


Nice speakers BTW. Those Martin Logans I'm sure are attention grabbers when guests walk in the room.
 

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Ok having the screen drop in front of the speakers will have it about 12 feet from the viewing position. The projector can be 12-15 feet from the screen. I can essentially blacken the room for evening viewing, as I only plan on using for movies and I don't watch those during the day.


For these reasons, I'm considering a white screen. Does this make sense or are there things I'm overlooking or don't know to take into account that would warrant a grey scree. I've budgeted $1000-1500 for an electric screen. Recommendations?
 

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Wow, what a nice room.


I don't know that I wouldn't go with a smaller screen with the ML speakers, just depends on how important audio is in a moive compare to other aspects for YOU.


PM sent, if you have it on.


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Ok having the screen drop in front of the speakers will have it about 12 feet from the viewing position. The projector can be 12-15 feet from the screen. I can essentially blacken the room for evening viewing, as I only plan on using for movies and I don't watch those during the day.


For these reasons, I'm considering a white screen. Does this make sense or are there things I'm overlooking or don't know to take into account that would warrant a grey scree. I've budgeted $1000-1500 for an electric screen. Recommendations?

When are you getting the projector? I think a lot of people typically purchase the projector first. If you get the projector first you can get screen samples of different material so you can test it out first to see what you want. If you can you may want to compare some projectors locally if at all possible.


Personally I like a bright picture so I have a Dalite high power screen but it isn't acoustically transparent. A gray screen may look rather dim once your projectors bulb dims dims after a couple of hundred hours(unfortunately this is the nature with projectors). It's all personal preference so getting screen samples may be your best bet. You can also throw an image up on the wall too so you can figure out how big of a screen you'll want as well. And always remember you'll get used to a screen size and may want to go bigger. A 92" screen seemed big for a very short time, as does my 106" screen, but now I ready to get a 122" screen which is the largest size my setup will allow at this point.
 

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Glad you took my good nature ribbing on the other site we belong to and decided to get a Projector for that awesome room you have!

Look at Focopix Electric screens, I just got one for a fraction of your budget (like one third price).

This is my third screen and I love it, for the money its a no brainer............its tab tensioned and works great...image is awesome on it too! But I am not sure if they do a transparent screen so you can go in front of your Logans. Whatever you do its gonna be great in that space, PM me if you want to chat about anything if I can help.....you know where I am on AK too.................cheers
 
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