I recently got this email I thought i would share with you:

Hi Frank,

Not sure if you remember me, its Brian from NJ, I have emailed you a few times in the past after reading your emails about some AV questions, and believe i added you to my group list for holiday e-coupons, anyway, I always appreciate your unbiased, honest answers, unlike the local pushy salesman I have to deal with in my area and was hoping when you get a minute you could help again.

In the past I asked you about DLP, and How I narrowed my decision on them, based on more screen for less $ and was going with a Tosh or MIttis 65 or 67″.  And in the last week I have just started researching Projectors.  This is only an option if they are less than $1500.  I am currently in the process of building a house that will have a finished basement (10’8″x24′).  And being completely dark is not going to be any issue, which is great for projection correct?

One side of the short wall with have a sliding entrance the other side nothing, and the long walls on one side will be 24′ with nothing on one side and the other side will have 2 reg door openings(one for boiler room and one for bathroom) they will be about 65-72″ apart in the middle of the room, enough room to center the the DLP I was planning on getting.

Before even thinking about layout, is the projector a good option over a DLP? I have been reading great reviews on the Sanyo plv 1080p or plv z2000.  And not having to use that room for a 67″ tv in a short distance sounds very good at the  moment.

Sorry about the length, but got so many diff scenarios going through my head and have to tell the project manager about how and what I need pre-wired  pretty soon.

Thank you so much if you are able to respond, have a great weekend.

Brian

My response:

Brian,

Thanks for the unsolicited testimonial!

I will try to answer your questions one by one:

“I am currently in the process of building a house that will have a finished basement (10’8″x24′).  And being completely dark is not going to be any issue, which is great for projection correct?”

Brian you are 100% correct. A dark basement is essential for the best quality picture on a projector screen. You can never get too dark!

“Before even thinking about layout, is the projector a good option over a DLP? I have been reading great reviews on the Sanyo plv 1080p or plv z2000.”

As long as ambient light isn’t an issue you can’t go wrong with a 1080p projector. There are a few other things to consider however and you might as well know up front. Besides buying  a projector you will need to invest in:

  • Projector screen (that is a no brainer!)
  • Projector mount
  • Possible extension bar for the projector
  • Remember too that projector bulbs will need to be replaced now and then. They range from $300 to $500 each.

As regards the choice of projectors, I would check out projector central for info on the sanyo plv 1080p or sanyo plv z2000 as I have not worked with either of these. They have an amazing amount of helpful reviews.

I wish you well on your project!