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Home Theatre with Projector

by docwavers / December 17, 2004 4:42 AM PST

I'm moving home soon and was thinking of updating the entertainment system. WE already have a Sony Dream System and would like to keep that if possible.
I was thinking Plasma/LCD however, doing some research, would a Projector be just as good. Has anyone had any experience with this type of system.

Projector position, running cables(Max Length) type of projector and if the output is much better/worse than either of the other.

At the end of the day I would like a big screen, but the cost of the larger screens is kind of prohibitive and so thought the projector would be a better bet and get a bigger viewing area at the same time.

Any advice is very much appreciated.

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by bent / December 22, 2004 4:07 AM PST

I'm using an older Epson 50c LCD projector with a fairly reflective Dalite screen. Projector has a fairly low distance adjustment so must be roughly 12' from the screen. I have it mounted on the ceiling and inverted.

This set-up has served me well, but I only use it for movie watching and it has drawbacks (a degree of pixellation, a tough time dealing with dimly-lit scenes, noisy fan). On the bright side, it gives the illusion of being in a theatre. Because of the restrictions presented by my room, I sit about 1l' from the screen and size is roughly 70" diagonal.

I would not replace a TV with this system. It's not as user friendly, you have to wait for the bulb to cool, bulbs are expensive, you want to have a fairly dark room to begin with. As part of an HT system, it's great though. I'll likely upgrade to a newer DLP unit at some point in the future, but I'm very satisfied for now.

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Front projector vs. other display types
by Kirk_TVA / December 23, 2004 5:40 AM PST

I work for a company that retails digital display products like front & rear projection TV's plus flat panel displays. I have a ScreenPlay 4805 front projector with a 92" screen and is great for DVD movies & Sunday football but I'm not sure i'd recommend a front projector for everyday TV viewing. If you have a dedicated room with control of the lighting then it might work fine for you but you'll want to consider the lamp replacement costs & room environment to decide if this really makes sense for you. Have you cosidered a digital rear projection TV? Many options are available up to 61" diagonal.

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