I've received the OK from the wife to buy a projector and setup a HT. The only problem is I don't have a room ideally suited to be a HT. I really only have 1 option:
1) Game room (14x18): This room is on the 2nd floor but is open on 2 sides to the 1st floor. It gets a good amount of ambient light from living room and entry windows. This could be controlled somewhat with motorized blackout shades (windows are 16 ft high). I will never be able to achieve pitch black during the day however. The walls are beige, the ceiling is white. The wall I would have the screen on is only 91" inches wide so it limits me to a 92" fixed frame screen.
I am considering a Panny AT-AR100u to battle the ambient light problem. The room is 14' wide, so with the 2' wide AR100u, I could have a max throw distance of 12', probably a little less. Seating distance can be adjusted to fit with screen size. I am also considering an Elite fixed frame 92" screen. The question is, should I go with a 1.8 gain screen or CineWhite? Or should I go with a DIY painted screen? I could achieve a slightly larger screen size this way. Sound is not a priority at the moment, I will upgrade in the future. For now I was just going to pick up a sound bar to hold me over.
I will be hooking up a PS3, Dish box and sound bar. Will I need a receiver to hook up all three devices?
I will be using the room more as a multipurpose room, rather than a dedicated HT. It will be used for watching sports and playing video games, with the occasional movie. I really want to make this work, but don't want to spend the money and not get a good result.
Any advice? Do you think this setup will work?