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Old 10-13-2007, 02:06 PM
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I took apart my system which was Pio 50" Elite plasma, Yammy 2500 receiver and B&W speakers and took the plasma to the family room. I have a finished basement and want to put a projector down there and am shooting for a 123" screen. I can easily adjust lighting, throw distance and seating distance. Shopped at several places today and they are giving me the impression that for a decent screen and proj the least expensive option was $5400....OUCH. I'm not looking for a $100 proj and to paint the wall but there has to be a few good options out there for me.

Will occasionally be watching DVD's but mostly watch concert DVD's and sporting events as well as an few 1080i TV programs.

First store was pitching the "2nd Generation" Sony Pearl (about 5K) and a Sterling screen. Second place was 1080 Epson home edition or JVC 1080 with the Epson in the mid 3's and the JVC 5K.

Can anyone help me out here and point me in the right direction.

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Old 10-14-2007, 12:56 AM
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I assume that price was installed cuz they shouldn't be that expensive. What unit were you looking at?
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Old 10-14-2007, 01:03 AM
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actual models # if you have it. And how big is the room your putting it in?
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:14 AM
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Both places made it seem as there are no other options then going for a 1080 projector. One place was pushing the 2nd generation Sony Pearl and the other was pushing the new Epson Home edition. What I may chose is the newly released Panasonic PT-AX 200U which is a 720. Not sure about screen size as of yet but believe about 120+" inches is what I am looking for. Low 7 1/2' drop ceiling but the room is 28x18 with at one point a support pole at 11'. Light control is excellent and ambient light is low as well. The Panny is about $1300 and I'll be doing the install myself. I don't mind this option at all because the Panny has gotten great reveiws so far and I have no problem upgrading to a 1080 in the future if I find we are watching it that often. Also have Yam 2500 receiver, Paradigm sub and B&W speakers.

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Old 10-14-2007, 09:47 AM
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I have install a lot of 720 projectors with the size you looking at. I generally go with the infocus IN76 with a Screen innovations 119" HD fixed screen. This is a great combo and should be lighter on the wallet. I have had well over 100 complements with this system from customers and friends alike. I'm sure the 1080 would be a little nice but could not see it for the money. I also just installed the Sony VPLAW15 from best buy a buddy bought for right at $1300.00, it has a very good picture as well, he has it on a 136" screen. The screen you buy does make a huge difference on your picture. I like the fixed Screen innovations screens, or the motorized targa Draper screens. Do not go with draper cimaperm modals; they suck, and though motorized screen are cool for the wow factor they do not provide the same picture quality. I hope this helped, feel free to PM if you have any questions.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:54 PM
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Spent the past two weeks getting the basement ready, painted the area dark chocolate brown flat paint and mounting all of the equipment. I'll post pics in a day or two when the area is cleaned up. Went with a Panasonic PT AX200u projector (due to great reviews and lumens) and a 126" Carada screen in brillant white. I haven't had a chance to watch too much of it but it is really impressive. The colors are great and when hooked up with the right audio system it really feels like being at the theater.

I was tempted to jump into the 1080 game but not until the DVD format is standardized.

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