2014 Home Theater Setup

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Postby BHawthorne » Mon May 12, 2014 6:39 pm

With the 2013 screen disassembled and in the shop waiting to be rebuilt there, the room the screen came out of is being turned into a multi-purpose home theater full wall flat screen setup. Going very minimalistic on this one. No exotic curved screen or multi-projector. It's using a single BenQ W1070. I pondered W1080ST, but for the room dimensions and the mounting location the W1070 worked better for my needs. Ran the numbers using Projector Central's Projector Calculator and the W1070 just made more sense. Besides I wanted to get a bit of a longer throw projector. One more toy to experiment with. As an added bonus, the W1070 is around $100 less street price than the W1080ST. Found a deal for it for $750 at B&H with a free projector mount thrown in and free shipping. While the W1070 doesn't make sense for a circular screen, it's ideal for a more traditional 1080p home theater flat screen setup.

Currently pondering the screen paint I'll use on the full wall. This is a new experiment for me, because I've never went screen paint before. Previous prototypes have been PVC screen material or Tendo fabric. I look at this as a learning experience to test out new materials and see how well/bad they work. Spending the next few days digging through DIY AV forums to get a consensus on what would be a good high contrast screen paint for the W1070 on a 10 foot wide wall. My initial reaction is to go with some variation of Black Widow, but I'm having fun reading up.

The setup will use the new Nthusim Standard 3.5 with Aero Desktop pre-warping to fine tune the projection as needed. This build will also allow me to experiment with my Ceton InfiniTV cablecard, Blu-rays and Windows Media Center in relation with Nthusim. That isn't something I've gone into detail yet, so I'm sure the information should prove useful for the Home Theater crowd.

As usual with my builds, more pictures to come. Should be fun doing a bit more traditional projection configuration on this setup. :)

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Postby Guest » Mon May 26, 2014 6:57 am

HI, I first encountered you in the RSI forums and learned about Nthusim ( thanks for that btw) there. Have to say I always thought things like this would be way way out of budget for a consumer like myself and I really think it is great it's becoming more accessible.

I have been lurking around for awhile here now and finally decided to make an account so I could post. I can't wait to see how this project will turn out as it is something I may be interested in doing. Looking forward to your break down and hopefully details on cost and mats used etc.

I am also really curious to see the final break down of your 2013 Gaming Screen Build!

Postby BHawthorne » Mon May 26, 2014 11:27 am

Thanks, most of the issue is getting the word out this kind of stuff is even possible. Back in 2007 a few of us came to Immersaview and proposed a consumer market for the tech. Before then it was strictly military/industrial applications. It seemed like the next logical step back then beyond triple-LCD. Heck, even Palmer Luckey used Nthusim Plus as the first Rift driver for the duct tape prototypes. We've got a lot of history around here that no one really knows about. :)
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Postby 1miracle2 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:02 am

So whats the status on this new build?
Not sure if you found a paint but that digital1crystal stuff is pretty awesome.
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