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Recommended Projector?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by superdon, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. superdon

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    Hi,

    Converting a cellar room into a home theatre/bar and would like some suggestions for a projector and screen. The room will be fairly small (3.5m x 3.5m, 180cm tall) when complete. The screen must be able to roll up, or be stowed away when not in use. And, it will be to watch mainly DVD's but maybe some digital cable TV too. As its a cellar it can be pitch black if required, although there is a window down there.

    You can see the details of the conversion in the Home Cinema DIY issues forum.

    Any suggestions of what projector/screen I should be looking at?

    Cheers!
     
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    For projector throw ratios see projectorcentral.com as you can also put in the distance or throw from the screen for the various models and it will give you a theoretical screen size.
     
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    I got the Sony HS20 LCD projector 3 months ago and the picture is brill.
    The price of this pj came down by about £450 quid just after I bought it
    so its an even better buy now.The screen I got is called Grandview its an electric roll up and gives a good picture mine is 8 feet wide and cost £535
    Got it on the net from direct2u,they were really helpful and sell all sizes.
    Good luck with your project you will never look back once you see a DVD on the big screen :thumbsup:
     
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    Cheers.

    The Sony HS20 looks like its around 1.5k. To be honest, I spotted a few around the £800 mark and though that was around the budget I had. Anything good around this price bracket (or cheaper)?

    Also, the screen sounds great, but cant really afford £535 for it.

    Basically, I want something cheap but decent and then I can upgrade in a couple of years or so when we sell this house and buy a bigger one!
     
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    They all look like a decent low budget buy,I think the Infocus has the best spec but just make sure that you dont suffer from the dreaded rainbow effect that some people get from DLP.You really need to go to a shop and get a demo before you even think about buying cos once you got it it's too late to change your mind.I would suggest you look at.
     
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    Sorry I hit the the wrong key and posted before I finished.
    You need to check out the following before you buy.

    1. The Resolution of the pic ( the higher the better )

    2. The contrast levels (The higher the better )

    3. The projection distance you have available ( check it out at projector central )

    4. The size of the pic you want to throw


    The screen I bought from direct2u is electric they do have pull downs at cheaper prices.


    Good luck :)
     
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    Thanks manksman.

    I have checked projectorcentral and think the above will be ok based on my measurements. If anyone has a couple of minutes, can they confirm this?
     

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