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Old 04-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #1  
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My first post here. I just bought my first house and am trying to setup a decent home theater on a budget ($1000 for screen and projector). It is a downtown row house, so there is really only one option of where to set it up, and unfortunately its next to a row of windows. The room is 20 ft wide by about 50 ft, i will be setting the the home theater up on the 20-ft direction. Due to a chimney, it seems to me that the easiest and best option would be a projector with a drop-down screen in front.

So far, I am thinking about a ViewSonic PJD7820HD projector. For $800, I don't think I can beat 1080p, 3000 lumens, and 3D. Throw distance will be about 15 feet.

For the screen I was going to go with either a FAVI Entertainment or Elite Screens 100 inch screen for around $175 and come with a remote.

I was hoping to not have to rip up the drywall and wanted to go wireless HDMI with something like the Nyrius ARIES Home+ or IOGear GW3DHDKIT or other suggestions?

I am planning to hook this up to an internet-connected Blu-Ray player and my xbox 360.

Any and all help is very much appreciated! I am open to suggestions and any criticism. Mostly, I am on a firm budget (anyway to save money is great ) and also want to stick with new equipment, not used.

Thanks!

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Old 04-10-2013, 11:04 AM   #2  
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Are you already wired for sound?
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:30 PM   #3  
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Howdy,

My first post here. I just bought my first house and am trying to setup a decent home theater on a budget ($1000 for screen and projector). It is a downtown row house, so there is really only one option of where to set it up, and unfortunately its next to a row of windows. The room is 20 ft wide by about 50 ft, i will be setting the the home theater up on the 20-ft direction. Due to a chimney, it seems to me that the easiest and best option would be a projector with a drop-down screen in front.

So far, I am thinking about a ViewSonic PJD7820HD projector. For $800, I don't think I can beat 1080p, 3000 lumens, and 3D. Throw distance will be about 15 feet.

For the screen I was going to go with either a FAVI Entertainment or Elite Screens 100 inch screen for around $175 and come with a remote.

I was hoping to not have to rip up the drywall and wanted to go wireless HDMI with something like the Nyrius ARIES Home+ or IOGear GW3DHDKIT or other suggestions?

I am planning to hook this up to an internet-connected Blu-Ray player and my xbox 360.

Any and all help is very much appreciated! I am open to suggestions and any criticism. Mostly, I am on a firm budget (anyway to save money is great ) and also want to stick with new equipment, not used.

Thanks!

James
Don't sweat the drywall. I used some nice foam molding to hide my lines. Not sealed, they just lay in a v sort of shape goove. All along the cieling, and it looks good. I had windows but covered them with heavy drapes to stop sound reflections too. I used cat 5 line from monoprice with the hdmi kit. Painted it all dark brown, looks good.
room doubles as my cave and music room.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #4  
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Don't sweat the drywall. I used some nice foam molding to hide my lines. Not sealed, they just lay in a v sort of shape goove. All along the cieling, and it looks good. I had windows but covered them with heavy drapes to stop sound reflections too. I used cat 5 line from monoprice with the hdmi kit. Painted it all dark brown, looks good.
room doubles as my cave and music room.
Thanks! That probably is a great solution! Its not a very long distance and its not very obvious so some molding should work great!

And it is not wired for speakers, I was planning on getting a wireless 5.1 set but figured I'd fight the visual battle first.

Any thoughts on projector I picked out?

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:18 PM   #5  
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wireless speakers/sound are marginal at best (terrible usually) so I would plan on running speaker wires as well otherwise you are bound to be disappointed at the end. Proj looks good, I have a 105" motorized elite screen - chances are unles you get one that is tensioned,you get a fixed frame ( not a retractable electric one) that you will have ripples in your screen.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:17 AM   #6  
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My suggestion is to buy a used projector, you can get a great deal for the same product. I have been using a used projector for over a year and its been great. Also its suggested that you buy a spar bulb for your projector even if it s new and put that new bulb in the projector. Then take the one that came with the system and keep it as a spar.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:57 AM   #7  
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Initially I bought a used projector off ebay - at the time MSRP was $1599 and I payed $900. Turned out it had a short in it (which I am sure was well known by the seller) and it sent a full electrical load down my hdmi cablle which not only fried my projector but also my 50 in plasma tv, a blu-ray player, my avr, xbox360, and my SAT box/dvr - everything connected by wire to the projector. Luckily I had a special rider on my insurance and was able to get everything but the projector replaced - be very careful!!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:55 AM   #8  
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jkkyler that is very true to be careful. My first projector I bought from ebay never shipped, the seller tried to offer to send me a different projector but I refused and got a refund.

I would say if you are going to buy used learn from jkkyler's experience. Test your used equipment separately from the rest of your equipment.

Another thing to note is its actually is recommend when you buy a new projector/bulb to let it run for a couple of hours and then let it cool down properly, avoid using the projector for short periods of times and always make sure the fans cool down the system before you unplug or move the projector.
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The problem was I did test it on it's own - when powered up and the demo run all seemed fine it was only when I had connected it via HDMI and sent a charge down the line that it became apparent - confirmed by the regional electronics service center who examined all my gear for insurance verification.
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That's lame.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #11  
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Thanks for all of your help!! I think I will pull the trigger on that projector and screen pending any other thoughts?

Now on to the surround system/blu-ray....
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:44 AM   #12  
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So I got a great Onkyo Surround Sound System, a 120" motorized FAVI screen and an Acer H6510BD 3D 1080P projector should arrive in two weeks.

Can't wait to get the whole thing together!
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Congrats - let us know how it goes.!!
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Onkyo is great solution sounds amazing
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:16 PM   #15  
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One thing I would really think about, is do you really need 3D? When I bought my current projector 4-5 years ago, I made sure to get 3D, b/c I thought it'd be awesome. After having it for so long, I've realized it's much more of a novelty in my mind.

Grant it, mine has the powered glasses, etc..., but between that and the lower brightness of the screen while watching in 3D, I haven't found home 3d viewing that good.

Maybe try to save yourself some cache that you could pump into a better sound system by going with a 2d projector?
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