What's the best

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by sraper, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. sraper

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    Well, subject to all the usual problems of house buying I will be moving soon and will have a nice 9' by 16' room that the wife is going to let me convert into a home cinema.

    So what is the best (cheapish) projector to buy? Is it still the Panny PTAE100. (there seem to be s few threads around mentioning reliability probs).

    Is the ProV worth getting? I may look into the HCPC route in the future but not yet.

    Given the room is only 16feet long and I want to fit in 2 rows of seating will a 2 to 2.4 metre wide screen be to big? Will the screendoor/chicken wire effect be still noticeable?

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    I sit 12-13 feet from an 6'6" across screen (16:9) and I think I could easilly fo up another foot to a 7.5 foot or even up to an 8 foot 16:9.

    I think you need to work on viewing distance - 1.5 time screen width before it get's a bit wide for field of vision.

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    My room is 16 foot long and I use an 8 foot 16:9 screen. No problems with chicken wire but I would recommend using a htpc especially if you have a 10ht such as I have.
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  4. sraper

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    I like the idea of a htpc but I doubt that I will have the time to get one up and running. At least for 6 months or so.

    So if I sit about 10 feet away then a screen width of just over 6'6" should be fine. :)

    So all I have to do now is decide which projector?
     
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    Hi,

    Personally I think sitting 10 feet away from a 6-7 foot screen might be cutting it a bit fine.

    Firstly there is the unwanted artifacts, but as Nick Bull mentions you have to be a bit careful with your field of vision - too near and you'll have to move your head to follow the action.

    This was a deciding factor with the room I converted. I had 17 by 9 feet to play with and a 7 foot 16:9 screen, I really wanted two rows of fixed seats, however, I felt that the front row would be a little too near so opted for just one row 15 feet from the screen.
    I'm very happy with the results.

    Of course if your'e not fixing the seats like me and you can move them then it's not such a problem.

    Good Luck!
     

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