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Which electronic screen ?? & Pelmet around room

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by mark.carline, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. mark.carline

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    Help!

    I am currently building a home cinema to include an electronic screen. I currently have an LCD Sony VPL VW10 projector that will project a 16:9 ratio screen thats approx 113 wide.

    I wanted to spend around £400-£500 ish on the screen.

    Does anyone have a list of UK suppliers that could give me a decent price ?

    I am also looking to build some kind of control circuit that will work via the "trigger" output of the Sony - Does anyone have any experecence in doing this ?

    The other thing is that I am looking to install this into a room thats around 10' x 12' and I am wanting ideas from people on whats the best way to get this screen installed so that when its retracted the wall doesnt look like theres a screen on it (if you know what I mean). My current theory on this is to install some kind of MDF pelmet thats around 15cm deep, to get a better idea of what I mean see the cross section of what I mean:

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    Anyone tried this or got any ideas then get in touch !

    Thanks!

    Mark.Carline@btinternet.com
     
  2. ailean

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    Mark, check my thread a few below this one "Time for a screen!". A few reasonably priced screens there. Most will have a 12v trigger option but you can probably build one with relays a lot cheaper, there's been a couple of threads on this.

    Best hidden screen idea I've seen is to actually put it in the ceiling with a slit just big enough for the screen weight, depends on your joist angle thou.
     
  3. mark.carline

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    In the mean time I have found this cct for my sony projector which seems to do the job of a control circuit:

    http://home.comcast.net/~dmunsil/VW10HTFaq.htm#2.12

    I could connect this to a relay but i'm not sure how that relay would control the screen, I guess this is screen specific.
     
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    Hiya Mark,

    I have an ellie screen, it a more expensive one but they do some fine electric screens for around your price mark,


    I have managed to get mine to work via the pronto, using an x10 shutter controller, i also have it hid behind a pelmet, in a room that is 12 x 12 , my screen is 240 (8ft) with dual masking.

    look at my web site

    www.mjenner.co.uk
     
  5. Godfather

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    I've 81" (diagonal) Nexnix electric screen which cost £400 and it works very well with my Sony VW12. They do bigger versions which aren't much more expensive: http://www.nexnix.co.uk/nexnix_projection_screens/nexnix_home_cinema_screens.htm

    I made a 9 feet wide 'pelmet' (it's just a long plank of 10mm MDF joined in the middle and painted) and fitted it in front of the screen with 4 metal brackets so the screen casing is completely hidden from view when it's retracted:

    http://members.lycos.co.uk/henrysyuen/hpbimg/HC main.jpg
     
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    Nice pic godfather, nice cinema,
    how much time do you get to spend in it ?
     
  7. Godfather

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    I spend all my free time in that room! Probably 3-4 hours a day if I'm lucky. It's 50/50 cinema/stereo listening room.
     
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    Another possibility (if your joists run the right direction) is to hide it actually IN the ceiling :

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/warren.alexander/ht/ht.html

    Mine's almost completely unnoticable when retracted.
     
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    I wish I could have hidden my screen in the ceiling, but unfortunately I live in a flat with neighbours above me so it just isn't possible!
     

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