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Help with getting started on PJ setup?

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Hey all,

I'm looking at a new potential PJ setup in a new house and was looking for some advice.

I'm looking at the Epson 5040 as a step up from the Epson 2045 I had in my previous house. Looking at a 100-120" screen, 136" throw based on the 5040 dimensions. A few things I'm trying to work out/confirm:

1) I have a ceiling fan in the middle of the room with a 14" drop. I am looking at a screen with an extra 20-24" drop so the image would start around 25-30" below the ceiling. This should put be me at the sweet spot, and I can mount the projector with a 5" drop from the ceiling to clear the fan. No reason why this would not work, right?

2) Screen size. I really want the 120" 16:9, but I don't have the throw distance to support it with the 5040 (a few inches shy) I was considering starting with a lower level PJ, like the 2045 or BenQ2050, which can support a larger screen size at that distance, and waiting for 4K to drop in price and switch to that. But, even the current Sony 365ES would not support 120" at that distance, so I'm worried that I'm boxing myself out of future upgrades based off my screen size and distance - and perhaps I should just accept it and go with a 106" instead.

3) Light control. I have 3 large west facing windows directly opposite the screen. I know the 5040 will throw a lot more light than the 2045 at this throw, but obviously light control is needed. Would blackout blinds be sufficient or would I need blackout curtains? Any suggestions about additional light, from for example 5 SF of frosted glass from around the front door, directly opposite and 15' over from the screen center?

Some pics attached.
Date: Jun 19, 2017   


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