I am in the process of finishing my basement. I’m super excited to finally have a mancave with a projector and home theater. I just purchased some Polk LC 265i and LCiC inwall speakers for my front channels. I can’t wait to get this thing finished!
Anyway, I am trying to do some reading/research on projectors. There is far too much information out there for me to figure all of this out on my own. So I’m turning to Club Polk for some answers. I think there is enough projector users here to get some answers without all the talking heads and massive amounts of information that are over at AVS…
The theater area is going to be around 13.5’ wide by 15’ long, but also open up to another area of the basement behind it. Screen will be on the 13.5’ wall. Seating position will be in the 13-15 feet range away from the screen.
My viewing habits will be movies (likely with all the lights off), some TV (with some possible ambient light on), and sports with the most ambient light on. I want to be able to have buddies over to watch games but don’t want to have to sit in total darkness. Will the image still look ok or is it going to be really washed out? I won’t have all the lights on full blast but would like to have some light on. Is a projector going to work ok with this situation? I should note that I will have 3-4 rows of recessed lights in the room. Each row will be controlled by its own (dimmable) switch. So I can turn off any rows near the screen and/or projector.
Next question is projector placement. Originally I was looking at the Epson 8350 for bang for the buck. Now I’m reading all the praise about the BenQ W1070, which has me intrigued even though I’m not that concerned about 3D. Anyway, the BenQ is a much shorter throw projector than the Epson. So it would be mounted a few feet in front of the seating position. Is this a bad thing? I assume it’s a good thing to have the projector closer to the screen for cases like mine where I would like to have some ambient light on occasion. But should I be concerned about having the projector mounted in front of me?
This should be a good start. I’ll save any other questions for later. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!