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Soon I’ll be building another dedicated home theatre room. I always assumed I would be going with a projector/screen again, but with the cost of these big panel TVs coming down so much I’m having serious second thoughts…. Some of these 98-100” tvs are in the 2k range (really tempting 😳).. I’m curious of the thoughts of you all on this topic. 

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Personally unless I needed over 100in, it would be a panel. Projectors need so much more work to setup and use. Plus projectors don't have the color depth or luminosity of a panel, unless you spend serious $$

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3 minutes ago, Mike_S said:

Personally unless I needed over 100in, it would be a panel. Projectors need so much more work to setup and use. Plus projectors don't have the color depth or luminosity of a panel, unless you spend serious $$

So true… with projector everything is a monster hassle. But there is a pretty big difference between 100 inch and 125 for example

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I am sad that 3-D has died on flat panels… 3-D is awesome when it’s done right… that’s one of the major lingering issues that makes me still wanna still go projector (besides size ) 3-D is still really relevant in the projector world.
 

Sitting about 10 feet away from a 125 inch screen with good 3-D is really hard to beat.

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50 minutes ago, Heritage_Head said:

So true… with projector everything is a monster hassle. But there is a pretty big difference between 100 inch and 125 for example

Projectors are at their best in a dedicated room with controlled lighting , dark walls and ceiling , no windows please. Yes , a hassle to set up and not always convenient or flexible to use , but in the right room a huge screen and projected image is the more satisfying and immersive image in my opinion. It’s not just the size either , a good projector will provide an image without the unnatural harshness a flat panel produces. A projectors image is cast to the screen ,then reflected to the viewer, consistent to the way our eyes see the world. A direct view flatscreen projects light directly to our eyes and the difference is unmistakable. I prefer a projected image , and the greater size is icing on the cake .

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5 minutes ago, Tom05 said:

Projectors are at their best in a dedicated room with controlled lighting , dark walls and ceiling , no windows please. Yes , a hassle to set up and not always convenient or flexible to use , but in the right room a huge screen and projected image is the more satisfying and immersive image in my opinion. It’s not just the size either , a good projector will provide an image without the unnatural harshness a flat panel produces. A projectors image is cast to the screen ,then reflected to the viewer, consistent to the way our eyes see the world. A direct view flatscreen projects light directly to our eyes and the difference is unmistakable. I prefer a projected image , and the greater size is icing on the cake .

You make a lot of great points that I agree with… I had a JVC reference line projector the PQ was pretty awesome. Plus, having the ability to have a scope screen is another huge advantage. I also love having everything behind the screen and having that clean look. 

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I  like the new nearfield projectors that can sit on a conso! Next to the wall and. project 100-120 image crystal c!ear. The near field projector is located up front.

 

You can use it for regular TV.

 

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 Compromise is found in home theater , the question  is where are you willing to compromise ? I would  suggest avoiding   small  screens . after all the screen size is  related to the field of view , and this is the single most important aspect to achieving the immersive effect that we’re all striving for . Size is imperative here , it’s importance shouldn’t be underestimated . A 100 inch OLED display will unfortunately be too small for many home theaters , as the optimal  field of view would put you in a 10 ft seating range or less  . A projector gives much more flexibility in the choice of speakers , room size ,and  seating position. Yes a flat screen is the easy choice , and it may be the best choice in many cases , but for a deluxe dedicated medium to large theater room with big powerful speakers , a projector offers not only more  flexibility and emotional satisfaction , but also , to my eyes a more pleasant and comfortable  image . 

8 hours ago, Schu said:

emmisive over reflective any day of the week.

 

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14 hours ago, derrickdj1 said:

I  like the new nearfield projectors that can sit on a conso! Next to the wall and. project 100-120 image crystal c!ear. The near field projector is located up front.

 

You can use it for regular TV.

 

I really like the nearfield projector idea…the AWOL VISION LTV-2500 projector for example. It has a lot of what I’m looking for (don’t have to ceiling mount a projector and run wires plus 3-D and awesome picture).

 

Pretty expensive, and I’ve read dialing in the image on the screen can be a pain. Not great for false wall set ups either. Definitely still on my list of ideas though.

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7 hours ago, Tom05 said:

 Compromise is found in home theater , the question  is where are you willing to compromise ? I would  suggest avoiding   small  screens . after all the screen size is  related to the field of view , and this is the single most important aspect to achieving the immersive effect that we’re all striving for . Size is imperative here , it’s importance shouldn’t be underestimated . A 100 inch OLED display will unfortunately be too small for many home theaters , as the optimal  field of view would put you in a 10 ft seating range or less  . A projector gives much more flexibility in the choice of speakers , room size ,and  seating position. Yes a flat screen is the easy choice , and it may be the best choice in many cases , but for a deluxe dedicated medium to large theater room with big powerful speakers , a projector offers not only more  flexibility and emotional satisfaction , but also , to my eyes a more pleasant and comfortable  image . 

 

Until very recently, 100 inch LED TV was basically impossible from a budget standpoint. Now there half the price of a nice projector set up. They’re even cheaper than a nice screen lol.
 

You might be right though about 100 inches being too small. I would have to see an outline or something on the wall to know for sure.

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After seeing your room, and setup, just get another projector. You already have it all setup, just pop in a new projector. 

If I had that room, it would be a projector. That screen alone is almost the price of a nice panel. Panels over 100in, are STUPID expensive. A few years ago at CES, I saw a 150in panel, it was over $20k 

 

My room is far smaller, we sit 8ft-10 ft from the screen, and there are windows, with entry ways without doors. My room just has a 85in panel. My other half has said no to a 95-100in. 

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5 minutes ago, Mike_S said:

After seeing your room, and setup, just get another projector. You already have it all setup, just pop in a new projector. 

If I had that room, it would be a projector. That screen alone is almost the price of a nice panel. Panels over 100in, are STUPID expensive. A few years ago at CES, I saw a 150in panel, it was over $20k 

 

My room is far smaller, we sit 8ft-10 ft from the screen, and there are windows, with entry ways without doors. My room just has a 85in panel. My other half has said no to a 95-100in. 

That’s not my room anymore. I sold that house a few years ago.

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I have been wrestling with the same dilemma for my new setup. One of the main issues that I had when designing my old theater was that I would watch a movie at the theater, then go home and watch a movie but could not get over the fact that voices came from below the TV because of the positioning of the center speaker. I was not satisfied until I purchased an acoustically transparent screen and I placed my center channel speaker behind the screen. I would be back to voices coming from below the screen if I go the TV route again. 

 

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12 minutes ago, Loudogp250 said:

I have been wrestling with the same dilemma for my new setup. One of the main issues that I had when designing my old theater was that I would watch a movie at the theater, then go home and watch a movie but could not get over the fact that voices came from below the TV because of the positioning of the center speaker. I was not satisfied until I purchased an acoustically transparent screen and I placed my center channel speaker behind the screen. I would be back to voices coming from below the screen if I go the TV route again. 

 

Transparent screens are super nice. I love the clean look, and being able to have a matching center channel…
 

Personally, I’m a big fan of a phantom center depending on what center you’re trying to run. I’ve had my share of smaller center channel speakers, and no thank you. Unless the center channel is just as good as the right and left channels it ends up being a downgrade vs a phantom…The voice is to important too use a smaller/lesser speaker in my opinion (music and movies).

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