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Old 08-24-2009, 02:16 AM   #21
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Removed the screen tonight and patched up all the holes from the wall mount speakers and the screen mount.


And I bought these two speaker stands from Best Buy for $50. Hooked them up on each side of the couch.
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See ninja edit. As for paint ummmm, I don't know what over the counter colors you could get, it would need to be a thick paint though. A think white with a tint of gray might work.
Thanks man, I appreciate it.

This stuff I have now seems to be pretty thick. We painted a little spot to test it out. You think if I go back and have them mix some gray in it'd be cool?
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Get a ceiling mount for the projector.
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Thanks man, I appreciate it.

This stuff I have now seems to be pretty thick. We painted a little spot to test it out. You think if I go back and have them mix some gray in it'd be cool?
Try the little light test I posted. I would try both. You really want to make this part right. It will affect both your picture lights and darks and that is something that can make or break a movie's PQ.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:20 AM   #25
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Get a ceiling mount for the projector.
Read the original post Ray. I already did. Just haven't mounted it yet...and I need to figure out how I'm going to run the wires.

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Try the little light test I posted. I would try both. You really want to make this part right. It will affect both your picture lights and darks and that is something that can make or break a movie's PQ.
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Get a ceiling mount for the projector.
I would actually build a custom encolsure on top of that counter if I were him and on a budget. Would be fairly cheap and would look a little better.

P.S. I have a projector in my office I am dying to get rid of, but it is probably too big for you. It's a Runco 720p projector we took out of a client's house. I can get the model tomorrow when I get in if you are interested.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:23 AM   #27
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I would actually build a custom encolsure on top of that counter if I were him and on a budget. Would be fairly cheap and would look a little better.

P.S. I have a projector in my office I am dying to get rid of, but it is probably too big for you. It's a Runco 720p projector we took out of a client's house. I can get the model tomorrow when I get in if you are interested.
What kind of enclosure do you mean? I just got a ceiling mount to clean it all up. But this enclosure you speak of intrigues me.
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What kind of enclosure do you mean? I just got a ceiling mount to clean it all up. But this enclosure you speak of intrigues me.
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Eh...that'd still look weird on there I think. Any design ideas? And wouldn't that cause the projector to overheat? It gets hot as it is.
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Eh...that'd still look weird on there I think. Any design ideas? And wouldn't that cause the projector to overheat? It gets hot as it is.
I don't know the dimensions of the room. There are a couple things to consider when purchasing projectors. Number 1 is throw distance. This is the range of distance the projector needs to be from the screen. It varies from projector to projector. Number two would be the keystone adjustment. When using a ceiling mounted projector you need to calculate your throw distance and offset the difference if any with the keystone adjustment. This basically angles the picture so it looks flat coming onto the screen.

There are a lot of variables I would need to know to calculate whether a ceiling projector would work for you or not. Hence the fixed enclosure idea. Using plywood, build a box but leave the front open. Using mesh and cloth, cover the front and build a port for the lens. This will let it breath, keep visual appeal, and of course let you see the picture.
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Hmm...I'll take some measurements this afternoon when I get off work, if you don't mind giving me some input. I'd really like to figure this out before I go ahead with the ceiling mount. What dimensions do you need?

BTW, just curious...what do you do for a living?
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couple of things...

is this a house or apt?

1 story or 2?

why a projector instead of plasma? cost?

take a picture of the back wall kitchen cabinets from the couch.

can you put the projector on top of the rear wall cabinets?
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couple of things...

is this a house or apt?

1 story or 2?

why a projector instead of plasma? cost?

take a picture of the back wall kitchen cabinets from the couch.

can you put the projector on top of the rear wall cabinets?
Hey glockman. This is a house, 1 story. I went with the projector because of price and I wanted a big picture. I don't watch TV enough to justify a plasma, just the occassional movie and video games. It won't fit on top of the rear cabinets, they're not deep enough.
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to run the wires - cut holes in ceiling and wall and fish the wires from the ceiling mount over and down inside the walls to the audio/video units....then patch said holes and you are done

you can get plates at home depot or lowes that are used to cover the two final install holes and allow for clean install
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to run the wires - cut holes in ceiling and wall and fish the wires from the ceiling mount over and down inside the walls to the audio/video units....then patch said holes and you are done

you can get plates at home depot or lowes that are used to cover the two final install holes and allow for clean install
Stu, I was going to do that until I looked in my attic. The space over that part of the house is very small, and there is insulation everywhere, so it's a bit difficult to get to. It's def. what I want to do though. I can tap the power to the ceiling fan right near it and even mount an oulet on the ceiling right next to the projector. But now that I'm getting some more advice, I don't even know if I should do the ceiling mount. I'll get some dimensions of the room tonight.
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all that car and you couldn't afford a better couch????
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all that car and you couldn't afford a better couch????
Uh...my couch is plenty comfortable. And it's not dirty, the microfiber just shows up weird in pictures.
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why would you say something like that to someone you dont even know?
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Stu, I was going to do that until I looked in my attic. The space over that part of the house is very small, and there is insulation everywhere, so it's a bit difficult to get to. It's def. what I want to do though. I can tap the power to the ceiling fan right near it and even mount an oulet on the ceiling right next to the projector. But now that I'm getting some more advice, I don't even know if I should do the ceiling mount. I'll get some dimensions of the room tonight.
yea, with the size of the room your projector will be pointing at a pretty big angle and the image could/would be distorted and partially blurry...possibly

is that what you are hearing?

are there cabinets above the counter the unit is sitting on now?
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Stu, I was going to do that until I looked in my attic. The space over that part of the house is very small, and there is insulation everywhere, so it's a bit difficult to get to. It's def. what I want to do though. I can tap the power to the ceiling fan right near it and even mount an oulet on the ceiling right next to the projector. But now that I'm getting some more advice, I don't even know if I should do the ceiling mount. I'll get some dimensions of the room tonight.
You would really be suprised what a good installer can pull off.

I would suggest atleast getting a couple of estimates from CEDIA certified companies in your area.

I would def do in-ceiling rears and ceiling mount the projector. Just those two changes would change the cosmetics dramatically.

In this economy, you can get great installers for $75 per hour.

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