New to projectors need some advice on them & a screen.

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  1. schan1269

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    So that ent center is going away.
    The "cheapest" screen is a painted wall. Sherwin Williams sells paint that works very well. You can paint for $100.
    I still think $1100 isn't enough for that room(it is bright, just the walls make it bright). Unless you plan on painting the entire room a darker color, such as dark red.
     
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    Yea that or the 92'' would be sweet, but still not 120'' + sweet!
     
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    Interesting about the color of the room.
    It really isn't to bright being a basement. I could hang something over the windows and that would just about black it out. I did have it pretty bright to take that photo.
     
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    It isn't just the "outside light".
    A bright room messes with the contrast of your projector. Even at night, after dark, the projector livens that up...which in turn...
    Requires a higher gain screen/paint...which
    Destroys your contrast...and
    Ruins your viewing angle.
     
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    By the way, your white ceiling is the number one concern here. If you were buying this...
    http://www.amazon.com/BenQ-SH910-4000L-Cinema-Projector/dp/B005AS3072/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355714668&sr=1-1&keywords=benq+sh910
    I'd say...go right ahead.
     
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    So if I were to paint the wall that the ent center is on say a dark brown would that help or would I need to paint all the walls in that area?
     
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    Brown is not a color I'd pick for "the screen".
    The ceiling, sure, paint it something non reflective...
    However, you have to gauge overall use of the room plus time/money involved with painting an "open room"...vs just buying the appropriate projector in the first place. And no, this BenQ SH910 is not the only "bright, yet still has contrast" projector out there. Just the first I found...that is close to your budget.
    With this...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BenQ-SH910-DLP-1080P-Church-Auditorium-Home-Theater-Projector-HDMI-4000-Lumens-/221098112714?pt=US_Video_Projectors&hash=item337a7976ca
    and $100 in paint, you could leave the rest of the room completely alone. No window treatments...you wouldn't even need to paint the ceiling.
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Put it this way, at your "screen size", the SH910 has a range of 12'7" to 18'11" and at its "avg distance" of 15'1"...it can combat 18fc. Which translates to 49% brightness...
     
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    Ok my next dumb question. Would something like the SH910 going to be to bright for night time viewing. Is that the problem with projectors either to much or not enough?
     
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    It has a cinema mode for nightime use. As most projectors do.
     
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    Lol, Ok told you stupid question.
    Thanks again for all the info!
     
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    I'd like to help you out, but you didn't answer my questions in post #10.
    Are you still at $1,200 for projector?
     
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    $1200 is for everything. I'm liking the DIY screen paint suggestion
     
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    You STILL didn't answer my questions in post #10. Until you do, I can't recommend any projectors.
     
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    I was planning to let him learn all that the hard way. But, if he stretches his budget a tad and gets the BenQ(so he doesn't have to spend money "making the room work")...it will be a whole lot more forgiving on his install.
    I'm also guessing he's going to buy a mount that is going to stick his projector about 2 feet off the ceiling, cause he does have to miss the ceiling fan...
    Hope he's not 6' tall...
     
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    Oh yeah, the fan. How far is the fan from the screen wall? You may have to lose the fan, or buy a TV like was suggested earlier.
     
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    1, no I don't care.
    2, haven't decided yet was wanting some input from you experts on that.
    3, the ceiling fan is around 14-15ft away from the wall. I don't care to lose the fan, but would prefer to keep it.
    The Benq isn't out of the question. I can squeeze a little more out of my budget.
     
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    Just so you know...that BenQ is BRIGHT, as in BRIGHT...
    We also don't know if this is a westward facing window situation. KC isn't exactly "flat", as I have relatives on the north end where "The Mop Bucket" is. (by the way, great place for breakfast on the same street)
    We need to know the lumen of the room. There are "not quite as bright" projectors at the same basic cost of that SH910.
     
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    We need a throw distance to figure out which projectors will work. You need to measure to see where the projector's lens would be when ceiling mounted, so that the fan blades would not hit the projector.
    Which Benq model are you talking about?
     

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