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Hi forum. I'm a newbie and AV novice so take it easy on me.

I am considering turning a basement bonus room into a small home theater at a property we use for short-term rentals. Floor plan included here to give you an idea of the space. It's about 11x16ft and totally dark. There is already an outlet on the ceiling (roughly centered in the room).

Given that the home is used as a rental property, I don't intend to sink a ton of money into it. I'd like to give people the ability to watch DVD's and stream Netflix/Amazon videos. No real frills.

I was considering a projector with onboard streaming apps like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon. An example would be the LG HU70LA. I like that it's a single remote to run the interface versus having separate remotes for projector on/off, Amazon stick, and DVD player. The LG unit isn't cheap so curious if the folks here feel like that is a waste of money, and/or is there an easier way to streamline the delivery of those? Ideal goal is to minimize cabling and minimize the complexity for people walking into the room for the first time.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Most projectors don't have much in the way of built-in streaming because their internal speakers generally suck, and their placement for those speakers makes things even worse.

I get what you are after, and some of the ultra short throw models which are just starting to come to market, for about $2,000-$3,000 are headed in the right direction. The speakers are coming from the front of the room, and they are using some version of the Android operating system. Unfortunately, I think they are several years behind the curve in terms of quality.

Realistically, a projector with a Roku stick with decent internal speakers would be okay (at best), but at least reasonably usable. Maybe a Epson 3200.

You will need to look at the actual throw distance, as a plug 8' from a wall is a terrible location for a projector plug. Good for a ceiling fan, but not a projector. Typically you would have a plug at least 1 foot for every 10" of diagonal you are looking for to give an actual variety of projector models.

So, you will probably want to plan on having the projector closer to 12' lens to screen for about a 120" diagonal.

At the end of the day, LG is one of the few major manufacturers that includes the same Smart features in their projectors as they do inside of their TVs. This makes them more attractive for setups like what you have, and is a good choice, even if it costs a bit more to get there. I am hopeful that in a few years we will see ultra short throw laser models available with decent speakers and Roku integrated out of the box. This way you get a top tier streaming device along with a projector that actually has audio worth listening to.
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Thanks AV_I. Appreciate the thoughts!