Feb 14, 2009 9:52 am
I am building the Plantation (Verve) Stila BK1 - which has a 4.5 x 3.8m media room. After looking at the options available for FB TV I'm leaning towards a projector with something like an Epson TW-3000.
I figure if I have to spend > $3k to get a decent tele (have an old pioneer rear-pro 40" atm); I might as well fill the wall with a picture rather than just a portion of it.
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Feb 15, 2009 4:04 pm
The Epson is a decent projector too, and typically a fair bit cheaper than it's rivals...
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Feb 17, 2009 11:45 am
The sony hw10 is also worth looking at, and has a throw size to suit your room depth of 3.8m. It is reasonably priced as well which is a nice change for a sony product
Review: http://www.projectorcentral.com/sony_hw ... review.htm
Throw size calculator for sony : http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sony-VP ... or-pro.htm
You should be able to pick this up for around $3100 in australia.
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Feb 18, 2009 9:47 pm
thanks for that Andrew,
I have a lot of sony components, and have been happy with the performance. will look into it
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Feb 19, 2009 9:22 am
Just make sure you control external lights and have a decent screen.
If possible, either now or later try and get your lights so that they dont throw direct light on the screen. That was if someone turns on the lights its not destroying the picture. The cheap option would be to stick something in between the light and the screen to block it getting there.
And make sure you have good blackout curtains on any windows, so that light cant escape around the sides.
And you will need to allow for cabling to the projector for whatever inputs you want.
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Feb 22, 2009 12:17 am
I only have one 2400 * 600 window in the theatre room and that will be blacked out.
will be getting dimmer lights put in in the theatre and have them almost permanently set to "just enough to not trip over anything" but still able to have full light if using the room for other things.
cabling will be sorted out when the electrical plan is finalised.
thanks for the pointers
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Feb 23, 2009 11:49 am
I have an Epson TW-1000 1080p.Quite pleased with it actually.Only does its best work with the x-box 360 HD DVD player though.The inferior format won again.Blu-ray's are great,but the HD just edges it.I got the free screen and globe deal.Waited 3 months for the screen and when it arrived it was crap.I would definitely recommend a fixed screen rather than a roll-up.
Just a carpet layer's opinion!
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Feb 24, 2009 9:40 am
My room is 5.5m x 3.5m and i was also looking at the Epson. There is a special for it at $2799 atm. But i need to find out if the projector can do vertical stretching as i will be installing a 235:1 screen.
Look forward to hearing what other projector people suggest
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Feb 24, 2009 10:33 am
Probably worth mentioning that if you do go with an epson and you plan on mounting it to the ceiling, it is the only projector that I know of which does not fit the comon ceiling mount.
It needs a special one. Which mean if you did want to ugprade later on you would also need to change the ceiling mount.
That was enough to turn me off it.
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Feb 24, 2009 11:35 am
Andrew, I'm not so sure about that.
The way universal projector brackets work means that as long as the arms that come with it are long enough and you have the right screws and, if necessary, spacers then they will fit any projector.
Matt and I mounted an Epson TW-1000 a little while ago with a very standard universal projector bracket with no issues.
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Feb 24, 2009 7:35 pm
Looks like you are right.. It was only 2 models of the epson's which did'nt fit:
http://www.homecinemacentral.com.au/cgi ... g%20Mounts
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Feb 25, 2009 11:24 am
OK, well that particular universal projector bracket is just one of many that are available - some cheaper and some more expensive. It is also not a very good one! I've used it before and it has WAY too much play/flex - not very solid at all, which makes it extremely hard to get your projector to sit solidly in it's position (keeping it's image stuck in the correct place on the screen).
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Feb 25, 2009 11:42 am
Yeah we dont sell an awful lot of these:
We do sell a whole heap of these:
and these though:
Australia wide Local Call - 1300 130 336
Click here to look around: http://www.benq.com.au
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Feb 28, 2009 6:35 pm
I saw and ad for the Sharp PGF255W DLP - operating noise of 29dB and contrast ratio of 2200:1 (Epson TW3000 has a contrast ratio of 18000:1)
about the same price ($2699 vs $2799).
The Epson the better unit?
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Feb 28, 2009 10:25 pm
Those specs on that Sharp are quite average by today's standards - maybe considered OK on a cheap to middle of the range projector 3 years ago, but not now...
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Feb 28, 2009 10:31 pm
that was my thinking too - for the extra $100 the epson seems far superior.
still considering the sony as an option - much more study to do; estimated date of completion for house not until december if I can get started before the end of april and the drought continues.
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Mar 03, 2009 11:08 pm
Just make sure you ...have a decent screen.
is there an issue with projecting onto a wall?
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Mar 04, 2009 9:41 am
You can project onto a wall, but remember these two key points:
1. The best colour surface to project onto is matt white - anything else will have some effect on the colour (some industry experts say even 'high-contrast' grey screens can alter the colours a tiny bit).
2. You really, really need a black border around the image to give it a sharp edge and to just finish it off properly.
So if you're going to do that with a wall then go for it, otherwise it's so much easier to simply buy a ready-made screen - and it will certainly look the part too...
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Mar 04, 2009 9:24 pm
my favourite colour is matt white but I can see the missus having objections to that colour scheme
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