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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Ryan_D



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Posted October 04 2008 - 05:51 AM

I'm planning to buy a projector and screen in the next month or so. The front row of seats will be 16-ft from the screen. I have 2 possible locations for the projector. One is a ceiling mount approximately 15-ft from the screen and the other is on the rear wall approximately 22-ft from the screen. I'm not 100% certain that the ceiling mount will work without blocking the view from the rear row of seats. The room is light controlled. I was considering the Panasonic PT-AE2000U, but the new Sanyo PLV-Z700 sounds good for $750 less after rebate. Any other projectors I should be looking at in the <$2500 price range? My screen size will be 100-106". The screen will not be mounted directly to the wall. It can be hung from the ceiling or possible on a stand. Based on the calculators, I may need a high-gain screen if the projector is placed on the rear wall. I'd like to stay under $500 for the screen. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Gregg Loewen

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Posted October 08 2008 - 02:51 AM

hi I think you need to speak with a professional (if you want good results). 16 feet from the front row to the screen is a LONG DISTANCE IN HT. Your comments on screen gain are interesting ??? (keep reading). Screen gain has nothing to do with where you place the PJ or how far it is from the screen. If you are mounting on the back wall which is 22 feet from the screen you will need a long throw projector and given your limited budget (ie: 500 for the screen) you will be adding a huge amount of money to the project to acquire a long throw PJ. (and yes, I am aware of DIY screen options). Lots to learn about with HT...and it is always a lot of fun!! Best wishes Gregg

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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Jim Mcc

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Posted October 08 2008 - 03:54 PM

Why would a ceiling mount block the view from rear seats? And your screen size is too small (unless you have a low ceiling).

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   SherardP


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Posted October 11 2008 - 08:52 AM

Screen size is way too small, sounds like you have a big room. Consider 120-130 inch screen. My first row is 12 feet from 126 inch screen with no issues. I suggest the Epson 1080 UB over the panny or the sanyo.

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