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    Projection TV

    Just hooked up our system in the basement and I may never come upstairs again!! If you are looking into paying thousands for big TV's, think about the projector. I don't even have a screen yet, just the white wall and the picture is beautiful!

    I have the Optoma HD65 720p which I bought refurbished for $650.00. Add a 25' HDMI and 25' component connections along with a ceiling mount and future homemade screen and I have no more than $800.00 in the whole setup. Of course, it helps that we had all the wires run, etc. before we finished off the basement.

    Imagine the Clones in HD on 108" of glorius bigscreen!!!



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    Re: Projection TV

    Where do you live and when can I come over?



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    Re: Projection TV

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    Just hooked up our system in the basement and I may never come upstairs again!! If you are looking into paying thousands for big TV's, think about the projector. I don't even have a screen yet, just the white wall and the picture is beautiful!

    I have the Optoma HD65 720p which I bought refurbished for $650.00. Add a 25' HDMI and 25' component connections along with a ceiling mount and future homemade screen and I have no more than $800.00 in the whole setup. Of course, it helps that we had all the wires run, etc. before we finished off the basement.

    Imagine the Clones in HD on 108" of glorius bigscreen!!!
    What are you going to use for your screen?



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    Re: Projection TV

    For the screen, planning on using the "blackout" white interior curtain material you get at Hancock Fabrics,etc. Hopefully, just put together a wooden frame, stretch the fabric, then add some kind of black border at the end. It looks great now, even with the wall having that "knock down" texture on it.



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    Re: Projection TV

    I'm on my 2nd projector. About 6 months ago I bought a Panasonic PT-AE3000 1080p and it looks sweet. I have it displaying on a DIY screen that I built for around $100.

    I found a DIY article over on AVSforum that uses some material that is called parklands plastic polywall(bought at Menards) for $20 and it's the perfect size to give you a 100" screen. I then framed it and wrapped the wood in black velvet to eliminate bleed.

    Here is a short video of it in action. It's not real good video since it's done with a pocket camera.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otv3tAvt_Gs&fmt=22"]YouTube - HD projector 1[/ame]






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    Crap. It looked a lot better before I put it on youtube. Believe me when I say it looks amazing.



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    Re: Projection TV

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I'm on my 2nd projector. About 6 months ago I bought a [FONT=Arial,Helvetica][SIZE=2][SIZE=3]Panasonic PT-AE3000 1080p and it looks sweet. I have it displaying on a DIY screen that I built for around $100.
    Where are you finding your projectors? I'm a long ways away from creating my "man cave" but I've already been looking at pieces for my home theater and would love to know where you're getting your equipment.



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    Re: Projection TV

    bobh and dmClone, what is the lamp life on those projectors?



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    Re: Projection TV

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    Where are you finding your projectors? I'm a long ways away from creating my "man cave" but I've already been looking at pieces for my home theater and would love to know where you're getting your equipment.
    My first one was an Epson 400 (720p) and I paid around $1,000 for it at costco. I returned it a year later for a full refund.

    I then bought the Panasonic from Projector People.

    I got my Denon A/V receiver from ABT ELECTRONICS. If you call them they'll give you a special price that they can;t advertise.

    I got all my russound IR repeater stuff from accentavsolutions.com

    All my wiring is from Monoprice



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    Re: Projection TV

    I have one in my basement and I sit down here for hours on end.


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    Re: Projection TV

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    bobh and dmClone, what is the lamp life on those projectors?
    2-3,000 hours depending how bright you have it set and then you pay $350 for a new one. I don't use this projector for every day viewing. I watch movies, sporting events, and PS3 on it. I probably use it on average 5 hours a week. So the lamp would last about 10 years, which is a lot longer than I will have the projector.



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    Re: Projection TV

    I've always really liked your setup dmclone.



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    Re: Projection TV

    Is it as nice as the projection screen at Trophies?



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    Re: Projection TV

    Quote Originally Posted by richey24 View Post
    I've always really liked your setup dmclone.
    Thanks.

    I want to take back my statement of bulb life. It looks like I have about 400 hours on mine in 10 months. So it will probably last 4-5 years.



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    Re: Projection TV

    Also, if you don't want to go the DYI method you can always buy a good one from companies like DA-Lite, Elite, Draper, etc for about $400+



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