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Old 05-05-2013, 12:01 AM   #16
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I bought a 720p LCD Panasonic front projector back around 2003 for around $1500. I set it up in my family room with a 96" diagonal DIY screen. I already had a pretty nice sound system consisting of a pair of Definitive Technology BP2002 powered towers, a CLR2002 center channel, a PF15TL powered subwoofer and a pair of BP2X surrounds, all controlled by a Denon receiver. The sound is fantastic, and at the time the projected image was amazing. It still looks good to this day but since 1080p is now common, there is a need to upgrade the projector soon. My set up is modest but it does the trick in a multi-use room. I'll probably try to have a dedicated home theater room in my next house. There is nothing quite like a huge hi-def image and crystal clear surround sound to get the audience involved in a movie. By the way, what looks like a pedestal under the screen is actually the base of a 36" Sony Wega analog TV, which was directly behind the screen, and has since been donated to the Salvation Army.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:05 PM   #17
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Just an added note. If you are wiring this all up you might want to consider the ability to use the internet on your Big screen tv (not the projector). I have remodelled my kitchen and remove the useless cabinet above the fridge and installed a 36" wide flatscreen. I am an avid apple user and have installed the apple tv box there as well. My wife loves it as she can bring up a recipe onto the screen and have it there as she cooks. We also use it as a monitor for our security system and front gate door bell ( we have a pool so we have to gate the entry off, local codes). Just some food for thought. Have a great day

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Yep I plan to run network all over my basement. I've run network lines to all rooms in my house already. I am a huge netowrking guy. My big thing is the ability to stream all my media through out my house. I have a TV and network running into my utility room in my basement. Here is a picture of my work in progress network/tv setup. I havn't patched all my network lines down yet because I am planning to get a new 48 port patch panel. The PC that the laptop is sititng on actually controlls my upstairs living room 55 inch LED media over hdmi over ethernet. The laptop you see in this photo is my soon to be touch screen digital jukebox for the basement. So needless to say my projector and or TV's will all be networked
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Not too long ago, the biggest picture you could get with a direct view TV was about 50 inches. Anything bigger and you had to get a projector with separate screen, and then you had to darken the room making other activities in the room at the same time impossible.

Now you can get direct view TVs around 80 inches so more folks won't need to get projectors and outfit the room for them.

You can become equally immersed in the movie with a smaller screen just by sitting closer. Really large screens are needed only if lots of people will be watching at the same time.

If you have furred down the ceiling and think you have to hang the projector quite low, in some situations you might be able to mount the screen a little lower and then hang the projector a little higher. Take a string and fasten it to the screen side wall where the top of the screen would be. Stretch the string out to where you might hang the projector. So long as the string is straight (not quite touching the ceiling at any point) the projector can be mounted at the end of the string and still fill the screen. Although the projector should be centered (left to right wise) in front of the screen, most projectors allow a small off center displacement.
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This may have been said already, but if it hasn't.....

One thing to consider, if going largest direct view TV possible, is basement access. If you have a daylight/English basement, then it's a non-issue. If you only have an areaway, or worse, no external basement access, you might be limited in how big a TV will fit depending on ceiling height and layout.

My old house didn't have external basement access, and the interior stairs/entry into the basement required a 180* turn at the bottom of the steps. I bought a 62" Mitsu rear projector, and the only way it could get finagled down there was by removing the handrail like below. If that wasn't removable, or the wall extended all the way down, I don't think it would have physically fit.....

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You can make a cardboard box mockup that is the size and shape of the TV you are thinking of buying. You can then test fit it down the stairs. Then you can put it on or against the wall for a few days to visualize if it is really the size you want.
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Yea I was planning on doing some blue painters tape to get the visiual of the size on the wall but if I can find a peice of cardboard big enough it would be a good idea to test getting it down in my basement. I have a funny right angle turn at the top of the stairs but I can come at an angel and go pretty straight. As long as the tv is pretty thin wich they are these days.
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Well I think TV is a good option because today's the new TV have many other feature, yeah I m talking about smart TV. you can say they are also a half computer in them and better picture quality then projector.

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