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My wife wants an xbox 360 for her bday next month.Yes, she drinks beer, watches baseball/football, loves stereo equipment and plays video games.Anyway, I want to up grade my video to a hd format projector and screen that will roll up when no in use.I have a spot to ceiling mount the projector.I am probably looking at 3k max for screen and projector.I have no problem w/ craigslist used but ebay still kinda unnerves me. (does anyone else feel this way?)I am looking for brand model suggestions and features I should look for.This will be primarily a game viewer and room darkening is not an issue.Thanks in advance for your insight.Bill
which firehawk material would be suggested?Bill
Quote from: Berndt on 11 Aug 2006, 09:30 pmwhich firehawk material would be suggested?BillFirehawk *is* the screen material It's made by Stewart Filmscreen (www.stewartfilm.com). Read about it there. It is a very dark grey base material with a high gain coating on top of it to end up at ~1.25 gain. Since you want to have a bit of light in the room, that's without question my #1 recommendation. Try to find a local dealer in your area that carries Stewart and see one in action. Since you need and want a retractable, the model of screen itself you are looking for is the Communicator. It is a manual pull down screen that is tensioned. It's a REALLY nice pull down screen. I have one here.I'm a high lumen guy (I have an Infocus 777 3 chip DLP projector on a Firehawk as my reference). I like it somewhere between plasma brightness and ISF recommended light levels for cinema. So I tend to like it in the 25-30 ft/L range. Since you will be gaming, you'll likely want that level of brightness as well. Despite George's use of a Panny AE900 on a 110" screen, I respectfully wouldn't recommend it. It may seem bright enough on a new bulb... but UHP lamps lose 50% of their brightness over their life (and 25-35% of that brightness after the first 200+ hours) and what seemed bright and punchy at the start quickly becomes dull and faded, especially since you want a bit of light in the room. If you calibrate the Panny 900 for good greyscale tracking, it is just not bright enough for a 110" screen unless you are using a very high gain screen material. I would stick with the 92" number on a Firehawk with the Panny. You'll thank me later when the bulb ages and you've still got a bright, punchy picture
Berndt,How important is the HI-Def coming from the 360? I ask because this is a major selling point for the 360.I have also been looking at projectors (also to hook up to a 360), and have found really mixed reviews on HD projectors, specifically that they only look good while playing back in HD, but look equally "not so good" while playing non-hd material.I myself will probably go the non-hd route and have read really good reviews on both the Panny 900 and the similarly priced Optoma units. A question for the Panny owners: I've read in repeated consumer reviews that Panasonic has been really difficult regards to actually distributing the offered rebates or discounts. Have any of the Panny owners purchased during this rebate period? Did you have any difficulties getting your rebates?Thx!-Gabe
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