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    Projector TV

    I need your input on projector TV's. We are finishing our basement and have seen alot of great reviews on the Optoma HD65. I'd like to stay in the $700-$800 range. Are the pictures on these projectors that incredible in HD, etc.? Seems hard to believe coming from a little box on the ceiling versus your standard monitors. Thanks for the help!!



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    Re: Projector TV

    I see I am in the wrong forum for this. Would someone please switch me over to Off Topic?
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    Re: Projector TV

    i actually have the optoma hd65 in my basement right now. I built my screen (which is about 8 feet by 4 feet, or 100" diagonal) myself for around $100.

    I had a 56" JVC HD rear projection TV before i got the optoma and I'd say the picture quality is just as good, if not better...well, as long as you are at least 6 feet from the screen.

    The only downfall to that projector is that it is 720p and you may want to go with a 1080p, but that would put you over the $800 price range, but it's something to think about.



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    Re: Projector TV

    Thanks JackRabbit! Do you use it as your primary TV or just for movies & special events? Do you have it ceiling mounted & therefore you ran cable, HDMI, etc. to the projector?



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    Re: Projector TV

    I pretty much use it as my primary tv...but I don't watch tons of television. I think the bulbs on those projectors last around 3000 hours or something so if you wanna just use it for special events, that's not a bad idea. I think a replacement lamp/bulb is a few hundred bucks.

    I have the projector ceiling mounted and I am running an HDMI cable from my blu-ray player and the red, blue green cables (whatever they are called, component maybe?) from Directv to the projector.

    I then run optical audio cables from blu ray and Directv to my surround sound because, as you well know, those projectors don't come with speakers.

    Anyway, I am very happy with the setup and have had a lot of good comments about it...plus it costs about half as much (if not more than half) as the price of a new LCD or plasma.

    Also, check out Projectors, Projector Reviews, LCD Projectors, Home Theater DLP Projectors at ProjectorCentral.com for more information. I used that site to calculate how far fromthe wall i needed to mount the projector for the image size I wanted. It's a good resource.



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    Re: Projector TV

    Hey Jackrabbit!

    How did you build your projection screen?

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    Re: Projector TV

    I used 1x4's and built a rectangle with those, using a 45 degree cut on the ends and then just using some simple glue, wood screws and brackets to hold it all together.

    i wrapped the frame in some black velveteen fabric and got some 'Black out' material for the screen. This 'black out' stuff is a white material that has one side that's kinda shiny or glossy and that's the side i put toward the image. You can get both the velveteen and black out material at any fabric place (i went to Jan's in Ames) and just get about 9 yards of each. That is the most expensive part, that will run you about $60 for the fabric.

    Using a staple gun I attached the fabric, just stretching the blackout across the back. This is probably the trickiest part because you want to stretch it enough to get out any wrinkles but don't stretch too hard or your frame will start to warp or bend when you get it all stapled on.

    Then i just used some black wood screws to attach it to my wall.

    The velveteen border really is key because you dont' have to be quite a precise with your image, if it runs onto the black some it doesn't really show much.

    Anyway, I hope this helps.



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