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Derrick D 04-18-2012 08:13 PM

I'm thinking of doing a movie room and putting a projector and screen in it. Are there any reasonable projectors that has a good picture? I'm open for ideas and comments..I would also like to hook my cable box up to it also if possible

Jay 78 04-18-2012 10:00 PM

I'd suggest browsing sites like to see specs, price ranges, and reviews.

Most of the projectors I've seen have RCA inputs for composite/component video, as well as HDMI and VGA. So yeah, hooking up your cable box won't be a problem.

Derrick D 04-18-2012 10:02 PM

Thanks Jay!

hyunelan2 04-18-2012 10:14 PM

Depending on how big of a screen you choose, and how far away the seating area is, you may be able to save a bit of money by buying a 720p projector instead of a 1080p, and not tell a difference. There are a ton of variables here, and it's likely the best expert is going to be you.

Derrick D 04-18-2012 10:23 PM

Thanks hyunelan2!! I am on a budget lol

ktkelly 04-19-2012 10:07 AM

The best place to gather some info:

Use the calculator to make sure the projector you like will work with the screen size and seating distance.

Nothing like having a projector and screen, and then finding out that you've wired in the wrong location....

Derrick D 04-19-2012 10:13 AM

Thanks ktkelly!

Fix'n it 04-22-2012 10:05 PM

1 thing you need to understand. the "room" itself will make a big difference in how the image will look. if you have a light colored room and/or light leakage and/or shinny objects in the room, will have a large impact on what you end up seeing at movie time.

Derrick D 04-23-2012 08:14 AM

Thanks fix!

Fix'n it 04-23-2012 10:48 AM

and watch out when buying a "pull down" screen. many/most/all of the cheaper units develope "waves". the screen actually is not flat.
this can effect the image, though some may not notice it.

search "thrifty white board screen" and see what you come up with.

Derrick D 04-23-2012 10:53 AM

Ok I'll check it out thanks agin

Fix'n it 04-23-2012 10:54 AM

i forgot i made this video. and look at my other videos. my system really does kick some butt.

Derrick D 04-23-2012 11:09 AM

What did u pay for your projector

Fix'n it 04-23-2012 12:08 PM

hmm, it was about $1200 iirc. but this model started out at $5000, from custom installers only. they couldn't sell them, because they are not "user freindly" . so they kept dropping the price till they sold em all off. that was a few years ago.

it has been about 1 1/2 years since i have used mine. i moved and have not set it back up yet. my point, i don't know about them newer models out. but, if you spend over $1000 for just the projector, you will be plenty happy with what you get.

google veiwsonic pro8100 and see where that takes you.

Fix'n it 04-23-2012 12:10 PM

btw. if you ever find my 8100 for sale from a retailer DO NOT DO NOT buy it. the later units had problems that can't be fixed.

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