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RE: Brand new here. Looking for help on a home theater

Projectors have gotten a lot less expensive since I built a system. Given that the market is in flux with 4K becoming the new standard, I'd opt for a fairly inexpensive 1080p projector. You can always upgrade later when the prices for 4K projectors are more attractive and when there is ample content to make it worthwhile.

Two major factors with projector systems are light control and the screen. Good screens are expensive. I went with a Stewart microperf screen that was an electric, retractable ceiling mount. It also had 4x3 masking all of which increased the cost to nearly $7K. However, it was a 130" screen and would effectively last forever. Microperf is a great feature as you can put your center speaker behind the screen which is wonderful for dialog and imaging. Masking was a waste and you could save quite a bit with a manual retractable screen.

You can start with a decent receiver and speakers. Get large ones for the front and preferable 3 identical ones for the front LRC. Don't bother with 7.1, it doesn't make much difference and basically isn't worth the cost IMO. Put the money into a couple of good subs instead.

All in all, a big screen TV will be cheaper, but anything over 65" gets awfully expensive and there's nothing like a projector with a huge screen in a dark room. If you have a lot of windows, projectors are tough to get a good picture during the day.



-Rod


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