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Kyle T
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2nd Sep 08 at 13:36   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

What do people know about projectors?

My front room is upstairs in my house, with the TV being infront of the stairs - hard to explain but you can kind of see what I mean by this picture:


The stairs come up behind my TV.

My front room is quite tall, with a shelf at usual ceiling height coming out above the sofa which has some spotlights in it lighting up the sofa.

I'm planning on sticking a projector ontop of that shelf which projects my TV/Xbox360 onto the wall behind my stairs. One has come up for sale on an AV site I occasionally visit and it's an Epson EMP-S5, but i've got NO idea the sort of specifications I need to look into when it comes to projectors.

What kind of resolution is a good one to have for projecting Xbox considering I usually play on the TV in HD res?

What kind of angle should a projector be at compared to the height of the image, does it get scewed if my projector was at ceiling height and I wanted the image beamed onto the middle of the wall?

Retarded questions I know, but i've never owned or used a projector before so don't want to buy anything and find out it'll be shit for how I want to use it



Advice appreciated,

Cheers


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Corsash is probably youre best bet, think he's got a projector in his bedroom
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Thats drunken isnt it?
Cavey
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Possibly, i always get them confused

Was thinking that as i typed it!
Ian
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It'll be lower res than the TV I would think.



Excuse the wires, I ran them up through the ceiling later.



That is 16:9 mode. 4:3 mode overlaps the chair and ceiling but it's good for films because that is blacked out anyway on the top and bottom of the movie frame. So you just get a massive movie as big as that desktop.

Mine is designed to sit on a desk so it needs tilting so the image is low enough. If you can imagine, the image comes out with the bottom of the frame straight along what would be the desk surface, and the top of the image quite a big higher. The reserve is true for projects which can go upside down. Mine can't - so I've had to do that.

The downside to that is that the image is very keystoned, which needs adjustment on the menus, which therefore means the pixels are not lined up 1:1 on the display against the input, which makes it blocky and crap in Windows and less noticeable but also not as sharp as it might be during films.

[Edited on 02-09-2008 by Ian]


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Cool as fuck Ian, I'd love something like that.
Aaron
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Nice projector Ian, looks great
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Not expensive to do, projector was 250, computer for it is an old IBM thing which fitted in my hifi stack nice, 90 quid plus another 50 for a big drive for it. Cheaper than a big telly.





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Ian
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quote:
Originally posted by Aaron
Nice projector Ian, looks great



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Kyle T
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Looks cool Ian

How far is the distance between projector and your wall?

Found this about the projector I'm thinking about, what do you think?

http://www.aboutprojectors.com/Epson-EMP-S5-projector.html



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Ian,

The projector will throw the image upwards

On the menu, flip it upside down, then mount the projector upside down

you will find the angel a lot better

when i did this to mine I was able to lift it 2 foot higher too
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hight when on its feet normal




now flipped upside down



mounting points hidden by projector once up
IvIarkgraham
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you can buy 1080 projectors now cant you?
Leighton
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Ian cannot do that with his as it is a desk mout projector only i said that when i first saw it but no joy

 
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