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Smallish room setup / Japan imports.

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by NeilMcRae, Feb 3, 2003.

  1. NeilMcRae

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    I'm looking to install a projector and screen. The screen would put into a bay window and there would be about 7 feet between the screen and the projector. Looking at a 90+ inch screen 16:9. As its a smallish setup I'm think the AE-100 might do the trick but I don't want to buy this only to end up "upgrading" to an HS-10. Anyone here have an opinions on this? Sanyo Z1 is also an option here I guess.

    Also, from the EU prices on pricejapan.com it doesn't seem like its worth importing from them [especially if you get stung for the VAT] has anyone used them and how much did you save?

    Regards,
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    Hi Neil,

    If you haven't already I would recommend you go to a shop and ask to see a 7ft screen 7ft away. I think the recommended distance from the screen 1.5x the size of the screen.

    I have a Z1 with a 7ft screen. I sit about 13ft away and my Z1 sits about 9/10ft away from the screen. I have another sofa along the side wall. I sat in that the other day (approx 7ft away). I felt the picture was a bit overbearing and I could make out the picture structure...bit like beeing two inches away from a normal TV.

    go to www.projectorcentral.com. They have a thing to calculate disatances...punch in screen size, model of projector and it gives you optimum distances etc.
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    I would suggest an AE300 (short throw and no screendoor + DVI input).
    ProjectorCentral.com has a great review on it:smashin:

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  4. NeilMcRae

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    Where did you get yours from Julia? How much?

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  6. NeilMcRae

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    Julia - Thanks. Getting an inchy finger on that order button now :D

    Neil.
     
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    Neil,

    I'd still check out the screen size you want to get. 5ft might be ideal. 7ft+ I think it's going to be too much.

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    Will do mate. One question, 16:9 or 4:3?

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    Neil,

    One answer - 16:9 !!

    If I understand your first post on this thread, you intend to have the projector 7' away from the screen - you haven't specified how far away you're going to sit from the screen. You should check out projectorcentral.com here and use the throw distance calculator to check how big a screen you get at 7' throw distance for each model that you're interested in. The AE300 and Z1 have fairly short throw distances while the HS10, afaik, has a longer throw. The calculator will give you a min and max figure - this corresponds to the zoom on the projector. Don't be tempted to plan on zooming the pictutre up to the max to get a big image from a very short throw - the picture quality will be badly affected. Most here would recommend minimum zoom for best picture quality. Projectorcentral.com will not recommend an optimum seating distance - the rule of thumb is between 1.5 and 2 times screenwidth.


    Good luck.


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    Did some additional measurements

    From seat to screen its about 12 feet.
    From projector to screen its about 14 feet. Screen size would be 7 or 8 foot.

    Sound reasonable? Now can anyone recommend a screen to go with the ae-300? rolldown either manual or electric.

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    Also looking at the AE-300 - any gotchas with this? Hows the fan noise?

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    Hi Neil.

    Just PM'ed you with some info.

    My inbox is clear now, so PM away ;)
     
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    Neil
    The fan noise on the AE300 is very quiet.
    On my previous PJ (AE100), I found the fan noise intrusive whilst watching Cast Away. Because this film has a quiet soundtrack for most of the time, I found it annoying to watch.
    I only sit about 1-2 feet away max, so I'm not being overly critical of the AE100, but my new AE300 is nigh on silent in comparison, and I can now enjoy watching this film again.
    HTH.
     

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