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What else will i need with the AE100?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by sanorman, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. sanorman

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    Ok, so I've decided I must have the Panasonic AE100 projector.

    As I am on a budget, I need to know what else I will need to make the
    most out of it.

    Screen

    I will need a ceiling hanging screen. I estimate that the maximum
    width I can fit in will be 72".

    What height will I need?
    Where can I but one
    How much will it cost?
    The screen will hang from the ceiling about 18" from a wall, will this
    be ok?
    The projector will be about 9 feet away from the screen - how big will
    the picture be?

    DVD Player

    I intend using my Toshiba DVD with the projector but understand that
    to get the best quality I will need a progressive scan player.

    What is the cheapest good rated progressive DVD player I can buy?
    What is the best way to connect the player to the projector? SVideo or
    not?
    How much is a good quality video lead that is long enough to run from
    player to projector?

    Projector

    How will I attach the projector to the ceiling. Is there a cheap
    method?
    As I intend to run the audio directly from DVD to my amp - am I right
    in thinking that the only connections I need to make to the projector
    are the video connection from DVD to projector and the mains lead from
    projector to power supply?

    Thanks

    Steve
     
  2. Timh

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    aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh to many quetion's, my head hurt's.
    :confused:
     
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    Somewhere at some point I'm sure all of us have asked these questions - maybe not all at the same time though:D

    I'm really only a beginner and have been picking up info as I go along - too much to absorb though IMHO!!

    I may be taken to task, but I will be looking to go down the following route (based upon info gathered here!);

    1: Purchase AE100 - 95% certain about this, although trying to find more info on the Epson TW100 at the mo.

    2: Due to budget issues and no real need to shell out for a screen just yet, I'll be getting delivered from B&Q Warehouse a 1cm thick (approx) MDF board and I will paint it Dulux Icestorm 5 grey. If you're looking for a screen, get a grey one so that blacks look better - not as reflective! Have a search on here for screen sizing - there's a website that calculates throw size.

    3: Seems like composite is a big NoNo and S-Video not much better. Minimum I will be looking at is component in (is component progressive different??)
    There are issues with progressive PAL from most sources and the Nintaus has just been reported on as we speak - seems hopeful although there are a couple of issues. (It has VGA out which is the main attraction)

    4: DIY seems the best approach and in all fairness not too difficult if you have a half decent toolkit. Patience is a definite virtue here - and I haven't got much!!
    :confused:

    Although setup and possible cost if you need to start from scratch may be an issue, but HCPC seems the only way to get the best out of your pj! I have a several PC's and with a bit of upgrading should be able to configure something. Not as convenient as a standalone DVD player bu tin the end I want the best quality image.
     
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    Sanorman,

    Spend some time reading posts on this forum. Do a search on the AE-100. No one can answer all your questions - it all depends on your particular situation. How long is a piece of string? Can you answer that?

    You'll more likely antagonise regulars of this forum with a series of questions like that, but fair play to rogeralpine for trying to answer.

    There's a wealth of information here if you took the time to look!

    Happy reading ;)
     
  5. Timh

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    sanorman

    OK, I will go for no.1

    Da-lite screen's are cheap and populer from www.direkt2u.co.uk
     
  6. Bone Daddy

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    OK and I will go for Kramers `string`question - the answer is "Twice half it`s length" cue clip round earhole from english teacher many moons ago :D still the classic answer to this age old question :)
     
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    The questions and answers are irrelevant. The most important thing is to keep the posts about the AE100 ALIVE.

    Conor
     
  8. Joe Fernand

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    Hello Sanorman

    A couple of quick responses:

    What height will you need - How high is your ceiling?

    Where can I buy one? - most AV dealers and a few specialist screen suppliers; do a search on this forum.

    How much will it cost - budget for around £200 - £230 for a good quality manual pull down screen?

    !8" off the wall will be fine - we have quite a few customers who have both plasma and projectors and so need to bring their screen down in front of the plasma screen.

    If you hang the PT-AE100 9' from the screen you will get an image approx 6' across.

    Best to choose the size of screen you want and then work the projector distance back at approx 1.5x the image width.

    Ceiling mounts cost around £200 or go down the DIY route.

    DVD player - theirs a whole forum covering that topic. I would get the system up and running with your Toshiba using S-Video and then try to audition a couple of progressive scan players in your system. (As far as I can tell the low cost progressive scan players are not without there problems so whilst they do offer a great picture its maybe early days yet - others who already own one may chip in here with suggestions I guess)

    Cabling - run S-Video, Component video and a VGA cable up to the projector along with power. (A full set of 10m cables will cost around £90) - its best to get all the cables in first time around rather than having to go back and refit cables when you change source kit or want to say add a PC into the mix.

    Regards

    Joe
     
  9. Timh

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    Low cost progressive player's, I guess you are talking about the Lecson, I believe everyone has returned them now and Debenhams have removed them from sale.
    I hope they get it soughted, I may go and buy one again then.

    For cables email Joe Fernand for a quote at The Media Factory here
    Good quality at a reasonable price.
     
  10. chic

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    when I returned mine they were still selling the lescon & didnt know anything about a recall.
     
  11. Moto

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    Sorry gotta do this

    Twice half it's length:D :D :D

    He He

    Andy

    Doh!! Bone Daddy got there first.....
    Nevermind...
     
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    One thing to bear in mind when buying a screen which will be hanging from the ceiling is the height. Imho you need the screen to be at head height so that 1) the audio feels as though its coming from the screen 2) a picture in front of you will immerse you in the film 3) you dont want neck ache..

    Roger: You probably know this anyway but for some reason B&Q only sell the 'wooly' type paint rollers, if you checkout homebase they sell the foam based rollers which give a smoother surface.
     
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    Cheers Bud - I didn't, and would have probably used my "woolly mamoth" roller I have in the garage. Off to HB then to get a foam one!!
     

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