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Nov 13, 2013 7:33 AM
My Theater projector (Panasonic PT-L300U) also doubles as a gaming center for my teenagers. With the new playstation 4 coming out with only HDMI output, I have a problem. My projector (about 10 years old), only has component YPbPr and S2 (same as S Video?) inputs. Does anyone know if the HDMI to S Video connectors/convertors will work properly, and if they will deliver high quality Video? I'm hoping to avoid buying a new projector.
Jul 25, 2009 12:12 PM
Back in 2005 I bought a modest rambler. Since I was single, the basement was a natural place to create my home theater. It needed some work but I knew how to swing a hammer so I decide to embark on creating the GUYMAX Theater!
I started with a Panasonic PT-L300U LCD projector (which was about ($900.00 at the time) and figured that would be, by far, the most expensive item in the GUYMAX. I didn't have a lot to spend but tend to be a bit "creative" so I was pretty confident that I could do a nice job without going into debt.
The final cost was around $5,000 to put together. That includes all equipment, construction materials and furniture. And of course that money was spread over a few years so I didn't have to have that all at once.
The cost breakdown would be something like:
Projector = $900
Receiver = $400
Center Speaker = $200
SubWoofer = $150
DVD Player = $200
Construction Materials (wood, sheetrock, etc) = under $1,000
Carpeting (included 11'x35' room and stairs) = $1,200
Two Futons = $800
All in all it was a modest investment to a home theater that looks like I spent twice as much or more (in my humble opinion.) :-)
I am posting this to encourage those thinking of stepping out of their comfort zone to build the "dream" setup - it really does not require $30,000-$60,000 to create something really fun!
I will post more pictures and details in the future. The basic room I had to work with was about 12 feet wide by 35 feet long by 8 feet high so either it was going to be a home theater or bowling alley. I think the theater was the better choice for me. ;-)
The "screen" is nothing more than a blank wall of sheetrock that was painted to look like a white screen on a black background. The screen paint I used was BEHR paint, color - "Silver Screen". The ceiling is black, the walls are a dark red and the wood-like pillars are painted to simulate a cherry wood look. I also added red velvet curtains to help with sound and the overall look. The room still needs some floor trim and the rest of the velvet curtains. I had some old movie theater seats I got for $10 a piece but now I like the comfort of the futons better.
Jun 12, 2009 5:27 AM
My current projector is a Panasonic PT-L300U (see link on side).
It's served us very well, but only has a DVI port and it is NOT HDCP compliant so no HDMI connectivity for me at all. I'm looking forward to seeing what the Blu-ray looks like through the AE1000 and what a somewhat brighter projector looks like in our family room setup.
I have used my PS3 with a BenQ W10000 before, and it was really good looking, so I'm hoping that I get a similar reaction with the AE1000. But, if I don't, I will probably sell it for as much as eBay will net me and just keep the 300U for the time being.
Feb 28, 2008 4:26 PM
I am trying to connect HDMI cable to my Panasonic projector which has a DVI input. I purchased an adapter that allows me to do this and everything is connected but I am not getting a picture or signal. On the remote I have the option to press PC/DVI but still no picture.I don't need audio because that is connected thru fiber optic. Any suggestions??
Jul 5, 2007 9:10 AM
I have a 4 year old Panasonic PT-L300U LCD projector and recently i have thought of purchasing a Blu-Ray DVD player (BDP) but don't know if I will see an improvement in picture quality. The projector does some sort of "1/4 HD Resolution"...but the tech stuff just leaves me confused.
My room is configured in such way that the BDP will be about 25 feet from the projector thus i will be using the component video connection.
BTW, I am happy with the projector with standard DVD picture.
Any thoughts or input will be appreciated
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