Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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Does anyone else Not have one of the three or four projectors mostly talked about on this forum? I've got an InFocus LP770, and I like it a lot, but I don't find too many people using one for HT here on these forums.
I got it lightly used on eBay for under $3K, it has 2000 lumens, xga, a pretty good scaler, 2 computer inputs (which double as component inputs with the right connector), 2 video inputs, and it even has Picture in Picture capability, so I can watch the video input in a 31" PIP overlayed on the 100" PC image.
Basically, I'm curious to see whether anyone else out there did what I did: a little bit of research to determine my needs; some shopping around to get a feel for pricing; some frantic bidding on projectors; some frantic online shopping for other components like screen, speaker wire, DD receiver, DVD-ROM drive, video cables, etc.; some quick slapping together of an old PC with a nice sound card, fair video card, and a DVD-ROM drive; about 8 trips to Home Depot for brackets, nuts, bolts, pipes, etc.; some hellacious fishing of wires through an already finished ceiling; and some screwing of brackets to walls and ceiling; and voila! A Home Theater!
What I didn't do was spend a ton of money on components. I'm pretty utilitarian: the speaker wire is plain Radio Shack white 16ga; the speakers are mis-matched (front, rear and center, not left-right!) and not expensive or new; the seating is not stadium style; the screen isn't motorized, or even flush-mounted (it is a roll-up Da-Lite hung on white brackets 10" from the wall); I made the ceiling mount from 1/2" pipe and a sheet of 18ga steel, etc.
Anyone else out there doing it a little different, but still happy?? Tell us about it!