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Old 04-20-09, 07:16 AM   #13
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Also, there is a curious oddity to my room. If I step outside the room, I can actually feel bass, where as in the room there is no discernable bass.
The low frequencies of the subwoofer are omni-directional and the waves are long, so when they go through a wall or are reflected back their strength increases and the sub can sound "louder"(You should also keep in mind that waves tend to cancel each other out, so a wrongly placed subwoofer can sound less boomier thanks to reflected waves(also called interference)). The sound is usually degraded, but putting a sub in a corner where three walls meet can make quite a bit of a difference when watching an action movie for example.

Here's a good guide on how to properly place you subwoofer:
http://www.sonicdesign.se/subplace.html
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Old 04-20-09, 09:58 AM   #14
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Thank you for that very interesting guide, I shall have to have a look into it. I always assumed you just plumped it down wherever.

It is currently placed just right of the 18ft label (on the above picture). The top, left and right walls are all solid stone walls with the bottom wall (long one with door) being some crappy wood or plaster.
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Why would you suggest that projector when you he could get a Kuro elite in the same price range?
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Old 04-23-09, 04:22 PM   #17
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I would love to get this tv:

http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/product/WD73737

But they are only american

Big shame
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Why would you suggest that projector when you he could get a Kuro elite in the same price range?
Because a projector > plasma in almost every situation(especially when it comes to movie-watching). Just look at the screenshots from the guys at avsforum and you'll see why.
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Because a projector > plasma in almost every situation(especially when it comes to movie-watching). Just look at the screenshots from the guys at avsforum and you'll see why.
It's a personal choice, but I don't agree. Quality > size
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It's a personal choice, but I don't agree. Quality > size
Depends on what you prefer - if you want a more accurate rendition of what the director intended then a projector is the way to go, but if you like ultra inky blacks then a plasma would be the choice for you. I had a 46" Panasonic PZ-80 plasma a while back that I sold because it just couldn't live up to the cinematic feel of my projector and 92" screen.

I may get flamed for this, but imho plasmas and lcds just aren't good for watching movies(a rear projection unit would be a much better choice).
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Old 04-27-09, 05:15 AM   #22
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Just wondering because my only experience of a projector was one that I borrowed from school, is the black levels on a projector good? I can pick up a HC5000 1080p Mitsubishi projector for 800. I know it sounds like im cheaping out, but im a future student in just a few short months .
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Just wondering because my only experience of a projector was one that I borrowed from school, is the black levels on a projector good? I can pick up a HC5000 1080p Mitsubishi projector for 800. I know it sounds like im cheaping out, but im a future student in just a few short months .
Well, the black levels of a Mitsubishi HC5000 aren't that great by today's standards, but it would be a good projector to get you started! Black levels aren't as important for projectors, as they aren't as noticeable as they are on plasmas or lcds. You could also get a grey screen to further improve contrast however.
The HC5500 sells for a bit more(~1100), but would be a better choice imo because the hc5000 has been discontinued since april 2008 and is starting to show its age. Another thing the HC5500 has going for it is the long lamp-life which is rated at 5000hours in ECO mode.

Personally I prefer DLP-projectors because of their film-like image quality so the infocus X10, IN80, Optoma HD800X(not the xlv model) or benq w5000 would be first on my list.

Remember to check the projectors placement flexibility as that will seriously limit the screen size(the hc5500 and most dlp-projectors have a 1.2:1 zoom ratio, which means that you'll have to have a throw distance of about 4m to fill a 92inch screen).

Is there any retail store near you where you could demo some projectors to see which one you prefer?

EDIT: Just checked out projectorpoint.co.uk's deals and you can get a hc6500 for 1679 with an extra bulb(which is a nice thing to have)!

EDIT2: Heh thought I'd try to get you even more excited about getting a projector - here's a post from a guy at avsforum who just got his first projector(benq w5000):

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Today I received my refurbished BenQ W5000. This projector is one of those milestone moments in your tech life when you realize "I can never go back". I have felt this way a few times in my life; iphone, broadband internet, blu-ray.......etc. I'm throwing the image on a wooden paneled wall in the basement and I am blown away. What must a screen look like. I have not even adjusted it yet. I can't stop smiling. It's so sharp and quiet. My bulb had no hours on it. No noise in the picture. I just keep popping in movie after movie just amazed. I really can't thank this community enough. I would have never experienced this if not for this place. Thank you all.
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Old 04-27-09, 11:56 AM   #24
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Unfortunately being a humble student, I cant afford the 1,600 price tag

*unless you wish to paypalz me some money

The only reason I was looking at the Mitsubishi one is because I cant see any other 1080p for less than a 1,000.

Its going to be used for:

Games
Blu-Rays


Thanks for your help btw, much appreciated
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