[mythtv-users] What's a good projector for Myth?

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Thu Feb 26 05:13:40 UTC 2009

On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 8:58 PM, Jim Stichnoth <stichnot at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm thinking of moving my TV setup into a different room and using a
> projector onto a 100" projector screen.  I started looking into projectors
> and I'm shocked by the enormous range of prices and don't want to make a
> stupid choice.  I imagine that some of a given projector's cost may be for
> features that MythTV doesn't need, such as deinterlacing, or switching
> aspect ratios.  Other properties wouldn't be Myth-specific, like ones that
> are important for the specific room.  Can anyone share general wisdom or
> specific recommendations?
> My living room has high ceilings and the walls are all white, and there
> would be a fair amount of daytime viewing, so there could often be a lot of
> ambient light.  Fortunately, the windows face north.  Ideally the projector
> would be mounted on the back wall about 20 feet from the screen, but it
> could be mounted on the side wall closer to the screen if necessary.  In
> either case, the projector would be even with the edge of the screen.  It
> would probably be mounted at or above the top of the screen and throw the
> beam downward.  With a 100" screen, I don't know if 720p would be adequate
> (for comparison, I'm completely happy with the 720p native resolution of my
> 42" TV).
> Any thoughts?  Thanks,
> Jim
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I wouldn't know for sure how tolerant of pixelation you are
personally, but I myself wouldn't want to be at less than the 1080p
I'm running at on my projector.  At that size, you're talking about 12
pixels horizontal per inch, so the step up to 18.7 pixels horizontally
per inch is quite noticeable.  I project to a 106" Panoview Greywolf
II with a Mitsubishi HC5000.  I am tremendously happy with it.  It's
my preferred "event" Myth watching location.  The HC5000 has since
been replaced by the HC6000, but they are more or less the same-- high
brightness 1080p projectors, amazingly good reviews at projector
central, 24p capable, DVI, HDMI, s-video, component, composite, the
whole shebang.  It's been a great, great myth display device.

Pics of the setup here:



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