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Feb 15, 2007 2:36 PM
The set up:
13.9’ x 9.5’ room with a 45 Dge. wall at back of room.
Total estimated cost without labor $8,000.00 (Me and my Brother in-law was the labor)
Mitsubishi HC3 Projector $850.00
Yamaha Receiver 7.5 $320.00
Bose 6 speaker $800.00
Phillips DVD $60.00
Logitech 880 Harmony (run my lights too!) $170.00
Because of the room size I had to come up with a plane so I could fit more then 2 people in comfortably. It took me some time to figure it out and now my dream came true.
Screen was made with trim you can get from your local hardware store. The screen its self was painted on the wall with Goo screen paint. Total cost about $160.00
Seating is where I had a hard time trying to find something that would work. After searching and visiting stores I got fed up. The problem is that the room is too small for recliner type seating. So on to plan B, Movie type seating! That was the key!! And I was able to find a place that had the right type that would work perfect for my room. The Star Delight Home Theater seats are 43” tall and have an auto-folding seat just like the movie theater, however better made.
I built a 10” tall platform for the back role (10” high because of the seats being 43” tall) that gave me enough room for 3 seats and the front row I was able to install 4 seats. Movie chairs cost $3,200.00 for 7. That was a great price for quality chairs.
I build an in wall cabinet to house all my electronics. I was able to do this because there was a cavity (open space behind the wall) that gave me enough room to run my wiring and build the cabinet. This gave me more room for seating.
The screen curtain was had made by ME! And yes some men do know how to use a sawing machine. To buy a curtain like the one I made would have cost $600.00. I made mine for $120.00! and that included the cost of a new sawing machine.
This was a hard project but a very rewarding one!
I hope this will help anyone that has a small space and needs ideals.
Dec 17, 2006 5:18 PM
I would like to say "Hi", this is my first post on the forum which has already provided many answers.
I currently have the 1/4 HD Mitsubishi HC3 ColorView projector.
Native 16:9 widescreen format with 960x540 resolution.
My question is what signal should I feed this projector? 720p or 1080i?
I watch channels that are broadcast in both 1080i and 720p but given the reletively low resolution of the projector, should I have my source output set at 1080i signal always or a 720p signal always?
720p seems to be the answer that comes to my mind first. Am I right?
My current Sat Reciever does not differentiate between the two formats automaticaly and outputs either one or the other to the projector. After what I assume would be upconversion for 480p signals and down from 1080i if I had the output set to 720p. Correct?
Will I loose anything by feeding it a signal set to 720p regardless of the origenal format? For example if the show was a 1080i signal.
Jan 9, 2006 3:08 PM
That is a little odd to me. I guess as heat rises, the fan needs to be on at a higher speed to cool the lamp. As for the HC3, the only way I can have the fan run at a higher speed would be by putting it in the "Sport" mode, which I gather is the "High Power" mode vs. "Econo" since the image becomes brighter at that setting. The fan kicks in at a higher speed, but I simply thought this was because the lamp would be burning hotter in this higher powered mode.
Having said all that, my projector is hanging about 1-2 feet from the ceiling. Would it be beneficial to run it in "Sport" mode? I figured that the "Theater" (econo mode?) would preserve the lamp life a little better.
Let us know what you hear from Hitachi.
Jan 8, 2006 8:02 PM
I own a Mitsubishi HC3 and just had the lamp start dimming on me in a bad way. This is very disappointing as I have only had the setup for 10 months. I had hopes of the bulb lasting me for about 2 years. It claimed to have a 2500 hour half life, but I have seen that my situation is not that all uncommon.
Now, before I put down $280 for a new bulb, I wanted to know some of the best ways to preserve the life of the bulb. I use the projector a good bit, but having said that, it amounts to at most 80-100 hours a month. I have the projector in "Theater" mode rather than the "Sport" mode which I gather is the econo mode for this model. Here are my thoughts of what I need to do, but I don't know if they are right.
1) I need to make sure to turn off the projector if I leave the room for more than 10 minutes.
2) Since heat is the worst enemy for the lamp, I plan on cutting it off every 2 hours or so to let it cool (unless I am in the middle of a movie rather than watching from the dish)
3) Cleaning the filter every 2 weeks
4) Set the timer on the projector to go off automatically after a specified period of time (due to me falling asleep in front of it)
Now, I feel that these are good things to do, but my main concern is with turning the projector on and off so much. Does this shorten the life of the bulb quickly. If I leave the room for 30 minutes knowing I will be returning to watch more, is it best to leave it on rather than turn it off just to turn it back on again.
I am looking for any and all suggestions as I do not want to have to pick up another bulb in less than a years time.
Jun 9, 2005 1:26 PM
AV_I, I keep wondering why you don't suggest the HC3 when you praise your own Panasonic 1/4HD projector. Comparing the HC3 and your Panny, I don't see much of a difference. The contrast is lower, but the brightness is much higher, and I doubt I'll often have blackout conditions.
I've been listening a lot to what you've been saying. Why do you suggest the H31 or SP4805 over the HC3? Every review claims the HC3 is really good - at least when used with a grey screen.
Let me know,
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