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Newbie: is it worth getting a projector for a room this size and shape?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by littlemonkey, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. littlemonkey

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    Hi there,

    My first post after having viewed this forum for many months, I appreciate the overwhelming amount of excellent and informative reviews, opinions etc from all you AV experts!

    I currently own a good quality 21" LG flatscreen telly, but this is old and (size and aspect-wise) substandard these days; hence, I am considering purchasing an entry-level projector (budget £600 - considering Epson TW10H), mainly to view films, but also to connect my Xbox.

    Now, I've read the FAQ's for this DLP/LCD forum, and couldn't see my question answered, and so I'd like to kindly ask for your advice:

    is it worth me getting a projector given that

    - I intend to mount the projection screen on the chimney breast, above the mantelpiece
    - distance between chimney breast and back wall is 11ft
    - girlfriend would prefer not to have any reconstruction carried out, so would probably have the projector on the coffee table 6 feet away from the screen, instead of mounting on ceiling, channelling out cabling runs and putting a power socket high on the wall/on a ceiling joist



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    Has anybody set up a projector in a similarly sized room?
    Or should I give up on this idea, and save up to buy an LCD/plasma that can be mounted on the chimney breast?

    Thanks in advance for any replies, :thumbsup:

    J
     
  2. Zack Attack

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    I heard that the Epson tw10h has quite a good short throw, ie it can throw quite a large image from only a short distance from the screen. Being a fairly small room, you might see the pixels as this is not the highest resolution of projectors, and you need to find out whether that's a factor for you. TW10H owners might be able to back me up/correct me on this one.

    I was going to suggest the infocus 4805 which is 'B grade' stock at £695 here if £600 is really your budjet, but I'm not so sure if the 4805 has that good a short throw. As you may know, the 4805 is a DLP projector which can bring the problem of rainbows to some people, so you also need to find out whether rainbows affect you or not.

    I have a similar sized room, and I'm looking at the BenQ PE7700 (DLP) which is about £1400, which has quite a good short throw, good resolution and good picture.

    Edit : Forgot to say about the Sanyo PLV-Z3 and Panasonic AE700, around £900. You seen these?
     
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    Hey Man,

    I just got a Benq PE5120(about 500 quid) - my room is only about 11x10 and I get a 90" image using it - its fine for me :thumbsup:

    Should have plenty of room for a PJ :clap:
     
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    Coffee table low down and screen high up above the mantelpiece will probably mandate a large amount of keystone adjustment to make the pic the right shape. This will not be good news for the picture quality....PJ :)
    EDIT: Also, what size screen can you fit there?
     
  5. littlemonkey

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    Many thanks for your answers - goes to show there are some things that could still adversely affect a decision. I was aiming for a screen between 60" and 80" - the centre of the screen could be between 6-7ft from the floor. However, as I intended to place the projector on the coffee table, it will only be around 2ft off the floor. Guess it may be worthwhile putting the projector on a shelf behind me - I say this because I assume keystone correction might not be enough to compensate for the difference in height between the coffee table and the screen. Suggestions/experience of setting up a pj in a similar situation gratefully received; once again, thanks for the previous responses.
     
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    ...yeah, so? :eek:
     
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    I've currently got a TW-10h (although being replaced next week with a Sanyo Z3) in my 2.5 x 3.5 meter gaming room/office. My PJ is on a shelf at one end of the room and a 2.14m x 1.20m screen is located at the other end just over 3m from the Epson's lens. I get a wonderful picture that fills the screen (but will go smaller if I zoom down) and only get a bit of screen door effect. I'm hoping that (due to the Sanyo's higher Resolution) that this will reduce when I get that next week.

    EDIT : I sit around 2.5m from the screen (could do with being further away but it's the best that I can do in this room) and find that pretty good.
     

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