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#21 of 64 Tim Glover

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Posted June 07 2005 - 08:08 AM

in fact I'm on hold with Draper right now finding out which screen surface this one you listed is? Trying to decide to get matte white or the high contrast grey.

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Posted June 07 2005 - 08:19 AM

Please tell me when you find out. I think I'd like to go with high contrast grey.
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#23 of 64 Tim Glover

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Posted June 07 2005 - 08:30 AM

Not really helpful about the choices. I have a light controlled room so usually a matte white is preferred but I think most reviewers of the Panny PT-L300U say get a high contrast screen for better blacks??? I'm going to email Michael from TV authority.

#24 of 64 Matt Stone

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Posted June 07 2005 - 08:33 AM

Hmmm. I guess I'd take either, because I have good light control, but, it'd be nice to know. Maybe you could try and call tigerdirect and ask them what color it is?
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#25 of 64 Tim Glover

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Posted June 07 2005 - 09:43 AM

Called tigerdirect. They only carry the Matte White. I think I will be fine with that. Matte White it's what I've been using the pic quality has been awesome. But I need to be sure so I'll sleep on it tonight. (not the screen Posted Image ) and decide tomorrow. I'll be going on a trip tomorrow but will order via phone if I can. They said it takes about a week to arrive.

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Posted June 07 2005 - 09:50 AM

Thanks, Tim! I'll probably order my screen tonight.
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Posted June 07 2005 - 01:04 PM

Does anyone have any mounting suggestions for ceiling panels? I'm debating which orientation to go with in my room, and one of them would probably require mounting on an area of panels.
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Posted June 08 2005 - 08:50 AM

Sorry to bump in here, but I was wondering what people think of running a projector as your main source of viewing? In other words, I am thinking of getting a projector, but I would be installing it in my living room. This means all of my movie and tv viewing would go through the projector. Since I watch a lot of tv, is this a good idea? or should projectors really be used for just movies (i.e. not running 4-8 hours/day)?

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Posted June 08 2005 - 09:20 AM

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Since I watch a lot of tv, is this a good idea? or should projectors really be used for just movies (i.e. not running 4-8 hours/day)?


Replacement lamps run around $300. If you can afford more frequent replacements, go for it. The 4805 lamp is rated for 4000 hours on the low setting (which is what everyone runs it at).
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Posted June 08 2005 - 09:40 AM

Oh good, I thought that's all I'd need to worry about (i.e. the bulb). I just wanted to be certain that the projector wouldn't overheat if left on for extended periods of time.

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Posted June 08 2005 - 09:50 AM

As long as there is plenty of ventilation it shouldn't overheat. Even if it does overheat I think the first thing to go would be the lamp.
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Posted June 08 2005 - 09:52 AM

I posted something, but it apparently didn't make it to the thread.

Anywho...did anyone take a look at that perfectmounts link I posted a couple of days ago? Do you guys think that would be sufficient? The area that I can mount it without dealing with ceiling panels is about 6.5" wide. Is that big enough for a typical mount footprint?

Thanks!
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Posted June 08 2005 - 12:01 PM

Hey Matt, during my drive to Austin and back today I called tigerdirect.com and ordered the screen. I think it should arrive on Monday or Tuesday. I was getting a bit greedy and thought about going for the next size up which is the 119 inch one. Not a big jump in size but a huge jump in $$. Also, for the Draper Luma series, the 106 is the biggest one in that line.

Should be fine! Posted Image

And, I have no clue to any ceiling panel stuff. Sorry. Posted Image I used a DIY mount for my projector...

Mark, I use my projector for occasional TV viewing too. I work during the day so it's really not a bid deal. But I love to watch college football on the big daddy. Especially my Fightin' Texas Aggies. Posted Image I usually go to those games but record them and watch them later.

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Posted June 08 2005 - 12:19 PM

Kewl, Tim! Can't wait until my stuff arrives.

Still iffy on the mount. I don't think I'll need to mount on a tile now (though that'll make me lose a little size). Now I'm just concerned with the size of the plate that actually contacts the ceiling. I'm not sure if 6" is enough, and I can't find any measurements listed online.
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Posted June 08 2005 - 02:24 PM

Is there any downside to buying cheap eBay DIY mounts?
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Posted June 09 2005 - 09:58 AM

How's this for quick shipment...the screen just arrived. I ordered it yesterday, it shipped at 1:00am and and arrived at 1:00pm.

WOW!

...gonna go check it out now.
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Posted June 09 2005 - 04:11 PM

Dang Matt! They quote me an additional $135 or so for overnight shipping. Wow. I thought 4 days was ok. :b when you get it all going, post some pics, and some screenshots. We love those things. Posted Image

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Posted June 12 2005 - 10:52 AM

Okay...does anyone have any suggestions for seating? I'm running into a brick wall trying to find something cheap.

Any help?
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Posted June 13 2005 - 03:00 AM

Seats that are specifically for HT are very $$$$$$ Matt. The lowest I've seen are around $1200-1500 for one. I'm using 2 leather love seats for half that. I'd love the seats too with cup holders but dang their costly.

My screen is to arrive sometime today. Posted Image

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Posted June 13 2005 - 03:25 AM

I'm not looking for something specific to HT...just looking for something inexpensive. I went to check out some futons, but they all sucked balls. Unfortunately, I just don't have the money to buy a couch right now. Looks like I may be screwed.
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