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Newbie considering a projector

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by NeilMcRae, Feb 1, 2003.

  1. NeilMcRae

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    Has anyone used a specialist to install a ceiling mounted electric screen and for the mounting the PJ? I'm considering getting a PJ but I'm a complete DIY muppet. Recommendations and rough cost would be useful to me. I'm in North London.

    Cheers,
    Neil.
     
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    Installing a screen should just be a case of fixing it squarely to the ceiling or wall, and then lining up the projector to it, so it shouldn't be that tricky.

    As for which projector, it depends on budget, and what kind of image you want.

    There are 2 basic types of pj out there (other than crt), and they are DLP and LCD. Both have pros and cons, so you really need to demo them to see.

    Budget pjs I'd recommend are the Infocus X1 (DLP) and Sanyo Z1 (LCD) (both approx £1200).

    Middle grade I would say something like the NEC HT1000 or Sony HS10.

    High end something like the Sim2 range and maybe Sony VW12HT.

    I've seen the DLP models, and now have an HT1000, but just by reading the forum you'll get an idea of what pjs give a good picture and are reliable. There are a lot of home theater projectors out there now, and you'll be impressed with the majority of them. Only seeing some side by side will give you the ability to choose one over the other.

    HTH

    Gary.
     
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    Installing a screen can be as easy as Gary has suggested or as complicated as I did.

    For mine I took up the floor upstairs in the room above to expose the joists, fixed the screen directly to the joist in the void between the ceiling and the floor, cut a slot in the plasterboard that allowed the screen to drop through into the living room and finished the slot of with upvc angle bead. Boxed the screen casing with hardboard to prevent dust continually falling out of the slot and then put loads of fibreglass insulation inbetween the joists to help with noise protrusion. Run the necessary electric cables to the screen and to the position on the wall in the lounge next to trhe light switch for the screen control switch, then run the video cables to where the projector goes on the ceiling before putting the floor back down.

    Needless to say this was morer than a days work.:rolleyes:

    The end result keeps the missus happy as you cant see the screen at all when retracted, (dont mention the pj on the ceiling at the other end of the room though;) )

    My job as a security system installer involves lifting floors and running cables so I have an idea of what to do but it all takes time, but it would be difficult to quote a job like your asking without looking at what is involved and finding out your level of expectation.

    You really need to invite some people round.
     
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    Thanks gary, I like to think so.:blush:

    Unfortunatly I didn't take any photos as I went along and the only one that I have taken since of the slot really desn't do the job justice being a white upvc bead against a white ceiling and the slot is just 40mm deep.
     
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    I have a beam that the screen can hide behind. The cable running I can handle its just the attachment of the screen. Just so you know how bad I am at DIY. I failed to hang up a set of blinds :D I like what you have done though, I could do something similar but it means pulling up the carpet upstairs, which is a scarey scarey proposition for someone who should have been a star feature on DIY Jobs from Hell.

    Cheers,
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