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Old 01-25-2015, 10:24 PM   #1
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I am looking to step up to a much bigger size for my HT. I Currently have a Samy 61" DLP w 7.1 (6 X 12" woofers) Onkyo 805 AVR, etc.
I'm thinking somewhere around a 120" diagonal motorized screen and a DLP projector. I have used many projectors for PPP off of computers, so I am familiar w them. I have a HT which I can make very dark during the day (plantation shutters AND drapes) to minimize daylight intrusion. This would be used for movies & sports and rolled up for "regular" tv viewing on the Samy.
Any thoughts/comments/warnings/etc???
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DLP is pretty much dead in the projection world. Other than that I recommend you visit projectorcentral.com and research a lot.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:07 AM   #3
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This BenQ DLP has been reviewed very well so you can give it a look to see if it is something you would consider. http://www.googleadservices.com/page...g%26KW%3DW1070

Also when you need a new lamp this place has OEM replacements and their customer service is excellent. www.bulbs.com
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Please realize that if you go DLP then you have extremely little variances in positioning your projector. Typically DLP has little to no lens shift or placement adjustments.
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Beach Camera currently has the Panasonic PT-AE8000 for $1499.
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Beach Camera currently has the Panasonic PT-AE8000 for $1499.
That is a fantastic deal and the #1 projector less than $6K that I would buy. What I hope to replace my current one with with eventually.
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I mis-spoke from bad memory. It wasn't Beach Camera, it was B&H .
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Thanks for the input. Much appreciated.
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Projector People also have the Panny at $1,499 plus free two day shipping.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:25 PM   #10
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OK, I ordered the Panny AE8000U and a ceiling mount. They have not arrived as of yet. I know the projector mounts upside down while hanging from a ceiling (knew a gal that like that once...But, I digress). On projectors, there must be a switch to rotate the picture 180deg, correct?
Have not finalized the screen size. I am planning on 110" electric drop down 16:9 w a throw distance of 13' and a viewing distance of 11+'. Planning on sport events and movies, no gaming or general TV viewing.

Do you feel a 110" 16:9 will be large enough for wide screen 2.4:1 movies at that viewing distance? I know I will be losing height displaying the 2.4 on a 16:9 screen and will have black bars top & bottom. The 16:9 height will be 54" whereas the 2.4, the height will be only 40" for that size screen.
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OK, I ordered the Panny AE8000U and a ceiling mount. They have not arrived as of yet. I know the projector mounts upside down while hanging from a ceiling (knew a gal that like that once...But, I digress). On projectors, there must be a switch to rotate the picture 180deg, correct?
Have not finalized the screen size. I am planning on 110" electric drop down 16:9 w a throw distance of 13' and a viewing distance of 11+'. Planning on sport events and movies, no gaming or general TV viewing.

Do you feel a 110" 16:9 will be large enough for wide screen 2.4:1 movies at that viewing distance? I know I will be losing height displaying the 2.4 on a 16:9 screen and will have black bars top & bottom. The 16:9 height will be 54" whereas the 2.4, the height will be only 40" for that size screen.
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Ok - I can help with that a bit - the projector will have options in the set-up to rotate the image 180 (so if you mount the projector on the ceiling the image is "turned" it will also allow you to reverse the image in case you were projecting it onto a translucent medium from behind as well as lens shift and keystone/skew (avoid that if you can) if you aren't perpendicular to the screen - needless to say you will be able to configure it to your screen. your zoom level will affect how much light transmission is lost but it will have several presets for varying light levels and a deep adjustment level of every light channel.

As far as the black bars go - in the dark you won't notice them they will just appear to be the edge of the screen like the black border around the edge and although a true 1.87 screen ratio is larger you won't be sorry or disappointed with a 2.4 image - a lot of the time the image looks better as the apsect ratio conveys a better scope or artist's vision.

I am pretty certain you are going to love it - 7 years in and I still love my projector although it is time for me to buy a new bulb which always sucks although I usually get around 3 years with one and a lot of use.

Do you have a kick ass sound system to match? If so it will be nirvana, especially if you are a sports buff.
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Since you're getting the 8000 w/ lens memory, might consider getting a 2:35 screen as the lens memory will allow you to easily switch between formats. Just a thought. I wish I had built my screen 2:35 originally as considering getting the Panny 8000 just for that reason.
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If you do that then you have the constant height and the lens memory shifts back and forth but just so you know then anything you watch that is 16:9 (1.87) will have black bars on the side (kind of like 4:3 programming does on 16:9 screns only not quite as bad). It is a pick your poison sort of thing - since I watch a lot of hd sports on mine I prefer to have 16:9 since a majority of my viewing is of that aspect and many movies are too. No bad choice. If you can afford it I highly recommend you get a tensioned screen if you are going retractable and not fixed mount - it adds cost but is worth it to keep any ripples or waves out. I wish I would have. Mine is 105" and has infrared, uhf and in-line control and I snagged it for $300 when Circuit City was going out of business so it was too good a deal to pass up.
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To fix the black bars on the side, I planned to hang some black velvet strips on the screen.
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Yea a lot of folks use curtains/drapes or similar fashion (I have even seen some on a harmony remote macro'd into the one button set-up)
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