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My Media room + advice on a projector?

The builder finally got the sheetrock up in my media room and I'm starting to get pretty excited! It's going to get pitch black in there if I want it too. On the advice of an earlier thread, I pre-wired for a projector with HDMI, component, and DB9 cables. I'm trying to decide on a projector though. Since I've kind thrown the budget out the window on the house, I'm having to skimp on equipment for a little bit. I'd like to get a projector under $2000 to start out with, and then move up later. I realize this will probably only get me 720p HD, but that's fine. I was set on the Mitsu HD1000U until I realized it probably won't work for me due to where my projector will be placed. Looks like I'm going to need something with lens shift since my ceiling is sloped and the projector will be about 13 feet from the screen and 6-7 feet off the ground. Any suggestions?

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This is the entrance & equipment closet from inside the room:


Front wall where I'll put my screen (not sure what I'm going to do on the screen yet, probably a permanant DIY screen):


Back wall with projector cables:

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-08-2007, 04:08 PM
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make sure you run all of your cables and if possible get the builder to make it easy to access that part of your attic in case you need to run more cables in the future. looks good though!
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Should be a nice room. What are your plans beyond just the projector? Seating, sound (obviously in-wall), decor?
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Infocus IN76 its a 720p has plenty of lumens and gets great remarks, its a bit pricey but projector prices are going down quickly. However, a lcd projector may be more appropriate since many have lens shift that can aid in install instead of using the digital keystone that degrades the picture quality. And Carada screens FTW if you want a great screen, or hit up the fabric store for some blackout cloth stretch it over a frame and paint it with BEHR Silverstar.
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Should be a nice room. What are your plans beyond just the projector? Seating, sound (obviously in-wall), decor?
Not sure yet. It's going to all be pretty simple at first, and we'll update things as we get time/money. I've already got a black leather couch to go in the room, and that will suffice until we can get those theater recliners. I haven't even thought about a receiver yet.

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Search for a used Panasonic AE900U. This will have plenty of lens shift for what you need. Buy a new bulb when you get it, and you'll have about 1k in it. Plus it's one of the better projectors under 2k. Panasonic replaced this model with their new 1080p unit. So the AE900U has been discontinued.

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Isn't the hole for your center channel a little too high?
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I was wondering the same thing.......but I guess he could get some in-walls that are "aimable".
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This projector was on WOOT yesterday for, I think, $1200. It does HD. Just keep an eye out and it will probably show up again real soon.

InFocus ScreenPlay 7210 HD DLP Projector
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Warranty: Two-Years Projector, 90-Days Lamp

Features:


HDTV-ready DLP projector (digital TV reception requires a separate HDTV tuner)
Widescreen 16:9 native aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
0.8 720p DarkChip™ 3 from Texas Instruments®
Native resolution: 1280×720 (720p)
Faroudja FLI2310 DCDi de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
Contrast ratio: 2800:1 (full on/off)
Light output: 1100 ANSI lumens
Auto-calibrating 7-segment, 5x-speed color wheel
Pre-calibrated to 6500K
Digital keystone correction (±20° vertical, ±9° horizontal)
Maximum Screen Size: 132”
Reverse image settings for ceiling mounting and rear projection
Compatible with NTSC, PAL, SECAM, PAL-M or PAL-N signals
Custom-designed all-glass Carl Zeiss optics
1.25X manual zoom/focus lens (long-throw)
220W/250W dual-mode UHP lamp (3000-hour rated life for 220W setting, 2000 hours for 250W)
Lamp (dual mode): 220-Watt UHP (3000 hours); 250-Watt UHP (2000 hours)
Actual lamp life may vary based on the ambient environment. Conditions that may affect lamp life include temperature, altitude, and rapidly switching the projector on and off.
Illuminated remote control
13-1/4”W x 4-1/4”H x 12-1/2”D
weight: 9.5 lbs.
Video inputs:

1 composite video
2 S-video
2 HD-compatible component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
1 “M1-DA” (compatible with HDMI, DVI-HDCP, RGB analog, or component — each requires an adapter cable)
1 HD15 (compatible with HDTV RGB, component or computer signals)
1 D5 component (compatible with HDTV, EDTV, standard TV sources, and, with an adapter, RGB SCART)
RS-232 port
Two 12-volt minijack trigger outputs (to operate an electric screen)
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