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Accomodating a 42" Plasma with my projector

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Max Payne, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. Max Payne

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    I am currently renovating a loft room in my house (14 foot high and 16 wide - so space is not an issue) and am coming accross an interesting but frustrating decision to make.

    I have the money ready to buy a new plasma (42"-43") but have just tested the projector on the newly painted (1st coat) wall and it is giving me an amazing(and huge) screen. Where the problem comes in is that when I buy my 42" where am I going to put it?

    Do I sacrifice the size of screen from the projector by installing the plasma or do I forget about the plasma on that wall and move somewhere else on a stand (thus losing the effect of the plasma and putting it on a stand as I wanted to incorporate it into a cabinet)

    I am going to post some pics later to show you what I mean and hopefully your opionions will help me make up my mind.

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    buy a motorised screen for PJ that drops infront of PDP...............................
     
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    Needn't necessarily be motorised.... I have a manual pull-down screen which is about 6" in front of the plasma. (Actually it's a white light-excluding blind which works extremely well as a screen).
     
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    Tried to take pictures last night, but the flash is cancelling out the picture on the wall. Will have to check it out.

    Thanks for your comments, the thing is that I will lose the size of the projection if I go for a pull down as they as not as large as what Im getting at the moment?
     
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    how big do you want it? you may find PQ is significantly better with a smaller but proper screen
     
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    See thats the decision I have to make. The PQ on the large screen is actually excellent (well it is to my eyes) and I think I will lose the benefit of having this large wall and not using it properly to get the biggest size I can get.

    Is it a waste if I don't use the biggest size I can get (along as I keep the good picture quality?

    ****.....its a hard decision to make because I had my heart set on a plasma aswell (for mainly telly viewing)

    Will try and post pics to show what Im on about.
     
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    Max,

    How far away is the pojector from the wall? If you do as Hornydragon suggests and hang a screen in front of the plasma it will only be a few inches, 6 at most from the wall. Assuming the projector is a reasonable distance back, it's not actually going to have that much impact on the overall size of the image...
     
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    Max biggest pic is not best PQ unless wall is small, sound like you are over projecting, what PJ is it?
     
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    I am just trying it out at the moment and I have it as far back as about 15 foot just to see what PQ and size I can get.

     
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    Im sure I am overprojecting it, but just wanted to see what is was like at the biggest I could get it. I have a HP xb31 projector.

    Thanks for your reply's so far.

     
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    Don't forget that doubling the width of a picture results in a 4x drop in brightness. A lot will depend on the lumen output of your pj. I have a Benq 6200 projector which has a 1700 lumen output, and I find that above about 90" diagonal picture, the screen brightness is not acceptable. I should add that I am using a DIY screen which may not be very efficient.
     
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    Whats underneath the floor of your loft? you could have a pop up plasma on a lift ! but thats lots of money.
     
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    The other part of my house!

    Yeah, I was thinking of something like that too (well in my dreams anyway) - or like the TV used by Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky thats pops out of the ground.
     
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    cheaper to hinge a fixed screen or buy a pull down/ pop up unit!

    a 2.3m wide manual pull down 16:9 screen is only £200 + VAT
     
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    Cheers, thanks for the info.

    I think I may jsut choose a decent size and be happy with it instead of wanting a screen big enough to be seen from space. (still a bit disappointed though)

    ....don't they always say bigger is better?

    or will I go with quality over quantity!!!
     
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    I think it's just the novelty of having HUGE pictures ! When I first got my pj, I wanted to drape sheets over the side of the house and project onto that :rolleyes: Fortunately, it was the middle of winter, and by the summer the novelty had worn off. Don't forget that the bigger the picture, the more faults you will see in it. Go much bigger than about 100" diagonal and "screen door" becomes a real headache.
     
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    Thanks Nick,

    As least someone knows where Im coming from then. Start off wanting as big as possible and then the reality makes more sense!

    So 100" diagonal should be the norm then - will check it out

    Thanks!
     

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