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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Fosterchild

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Posted October 11 2010 - 03:02 AM

Finally getting ready to build a home theater in my basement. I'm not going with a dedicated theater type room but more of a living room - home theater room.


First question is Panel TV or Projector?

I'll be watching HD TV, playing video games and watching Blur-Rays and regular DVD's. Viewing angle needs to be fairly wide, no windows in the room so lighting is not a problem.


Thanks in advance.



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Posted October 11 2010 - 04:48 AM

Looks like either one will work for you


A friend of mine has both.  A projector and screen in his basement works well as a dedicated theater room with seating for watching movies  and sporting events.   A 52" LCD in his family room for casual viewing of cable programs is better for multi purpose family uses.   


The answer my lie in these questions.

    [*] How large of a screen do you want? [*] Do you want your lights turned down when the TV is on.  [*] Budget. [*] What media will you watch most




#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Fosterchild

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Posted October 11 2010 - 05:50 AM

Thanks for the reply Bill.

Will be mostly HD TV or HD movies. I only play a couple video games but want those to look really good too.

I think 55"- 60" should be plenty big for the room size. I have a pretty good JVC receiver and (I think) Boston Acoustic speakers (6 piece set).


Because of a small budget I'm leaning towards a 55" Vizio from Sam's.




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Posted October 20 2010 - 01:48 AM

Hi Fosterchild.


We wrote a guide comparing plasmas, LCD TVs and projectors a few years ago. There are definitely advantages to all display technologies.


That Vizio is a snazzy TV for sure. If you do want to check out projectors, I would recommend the Epson HC 8350, which is one of our newest projectors. It's HD 1080p, capable of projecting up to a 120" image and it's about $50 cheaper than the Vizio. Just some food for thought.


Drop me a line if you have any questions about TVs vs projectors. And no matter what you get, enjoy!