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Topic: New House w/ huge wall & a projector noobie!!
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Hi folks,

I'm moving into a new home and I need to get a television.

I've been looking at HDTV's like the good ol plasma, lcd, led and dlp sets.

I have a very large wall that I would like to get a large tv set for, but the more I've been reading, the more it sounds like a projector would give me the best bang for my buck. This would be going in a room that is 20' x 17'. There are 3 large windows in this room so there is a ton of natural lighting during the day (I'm considering getting black out shades/blinds for this room)

I also think it's important to mention that the paint on this wall is a dark colored mocha brown, so I will also need a screen. I'd prefer a roll up screen I think, but I am not really set on that.

I've attached a very rough mockup of my living room with window dimensions and placements.

My budget is right around $1000. I'd like to keep it very close to that if at all possible and get the best quality for the money of course. I could possibly push it to $1100 but that's cutting it close for me.

I have never owned or even viewed a projector in action, but I'm reading rave reviews all over for this projector.

Optoma HD20 Home Theater Projector
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=OPHD20

Using this projector calculator, it appears that I would be able to get a 110" across or 126" diagonal viewing area with the projector at about 9' away from the wall.
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Opto...pare_list=5039

So, my question to all of you is this....
Based on this info and my rough mockup of the living room area and windows, what would you guys recommend that I get for equipment?

Thanks for all of your help!
Jason
[Edited by jasonmoore on May 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM]

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Is $1,000 just for the projector? Because you will also have to hook up to an A/V receiver and speakers for sound, projector mount, cables.
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$1000 total budget. I have a sound system already so I wouldn't have to purchase that. I will also be using a PS3 for the dvd/blurays.
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That info you posted about the 9' throw and 126" diagonal is way off. For a 120" diagonal screen, the HD20's lens would need to be mounted between 13'-1" and 15'-8" from screen. The image offset would be 9.4" with a 120" diagonal screen. Maybe that's what you were looking at. With a dark room, you'll be OK with a 120" screen, BUT you're going to have to solve the ambient light problem.
[Edited by ProjectorBoy on May 19, 2012 at 12:46 AM]
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Hi,

Ok I can deal with 120" instead of 126" lol =)

Will the room darkening blinds work? The people at Lowes said they are basically black out blinds and that they let in almost no light at all.

I'm actually not going to be doing a ton of television watching during the day as I work most of the day time hours. Most likely, the majority of viewing will be done in the evening / night hours.

Are there any sort of special cabling for a projector that I will need besides the standard HDMI, etc?

Thanks for helping a newb =)
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