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Old 09-11-2012, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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In early 1997, we were floating the idea of adding a "rec room" onto our house. Being the electronics aficionado of the family (back before being an electronics aficionado was cool), I planned a home theater. Center stage in this home theater would be a beautiful $12,000 Dwin 3 CCD front projector focused on a 100" or 120" 4:3 screen.

Unfortunately, that plan never came to pass, and we were left with our 31" RCA direct-view set.

Fast forward 15 years later, and full 1080p 3D-capable DLP projectors have come down in price to under $1,000. A 128" screen only costs $200 (with an IR remote to control its motor). Perhaps this is the way to go if you want an awe-inducing home theater experience, and wouldn't mind putting a little bit extra effort into it.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Um... thanks?!?
lol

Not sure why you posted this out of the blue.

I bought a Standard Def Projector 3 years ago for $400. I painted a wall in my basement "Theater Grey". I already had a receiver capable of surround sound. Ran S_Video to it from my cable box.....
My house became the place to be for sporting events.
ONLY Standard Def, sure, but it looks just fine on an 8 foot "screen". No one ever complains, that's for sure.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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In early 1997, we were floating the idea of adding a "rec room" onto our house. Being the electronics aficionado of the family (back before being an electronics aficionado was cool), I planned a home theater. Center stage in this home theater would be a beautiful $12,000 Dwin 3 CCD front projector focused on a 100" or 120" 4:3 screen.

Unfortunately, that plan never came to pass, and we were left with our 31" RCA direct-view set.

Fast forward 15 years later, and full 1080p 3D-capable DLP projectors have come down in price to under $1,000. A 128" screen only costs $200 (with an IR remote to control its motor). Perhaps this is the way to go if you want an awe-inducing home theater experience, and wouldn't mind putting a little bit extra effort into it.
Can you link to that screen?
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Can you link to that screen?
Amazon.com: Elite Screens Electric128X Spectrum Series Electric Screen: Electronics
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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I've had a motorized one before. And I would never get one again unless I had endless funds. One that cheap will most likely be worse. It'll have ripples in it and sway in any kind of air movement. Get one that is set like a picture frame and you'll be much happier.


And a 3D 1080P projector for under 1k? Must be a off the wall brand or refurbished.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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And a 3D 1080P projector for under 1k? Must be a off the wall brand or refurbished.


Newegg.com - Optoma HD66 1280 x 720 DLP 3D Ready Home Theater Projector 2500 ANSI Lumens 4000:1

Optoma??? Yea, I'd say you're right... (720p)

I assume he meant a HD projector for under a grand...
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Newegg.com - Optoma HD66 1280 x 720 DLP 3D Ready Home Theater Projector 2500 ANSI Lumens 4000:1

Optoma??? Yea, I'd say you're right... (720p)

I assume he meant a HD projector for under a grand...
True home theater projectors don't have anywhere close to that light output. There's no need in any reasonable home theater environment. That light output is used for presentation projectors, where ambient lighting is often much higher.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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True home theater projectors don't have anywhere close to that light output. There's no need in any reasonable home theater environment. That light output is used for presentation projectors, where ambient lighting is often much higher.
uhhh, I wasn't recommending it. Did you read the rest of the thread?
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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True home theater projectors don't have anywhere close to that light output. ....................
They didn't have that much light output in the past, but many do today. Here are the two projectors that I use. One is 2400 lumens and the other is 2500:

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 LCD Projector

BenQ W6000 DLP Projector

High light output is especially important for 3D viewing with active glasses. Also, many times people don't want to have a totally dark room, and a bright projector allows for that.
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