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    Hey guys I did a quick search and didn't see what I was looking for..

    I have right now an old Toshiba 65" HD TV powered by a harmon/kardon receiver, samsung blue ray and bose surround sound 9 speaker system.

    I"m looking to upgrade my basement to more of a movie room

    I want to look at 3D projectors and different options for video and audio. I'd say all in i'd like to be around 3-5k and I'd like superior quality. Does anyone have any suggestions on quality projectors? or where to look? I have checked CNet but I really don't even know enough about them to know what I should be looking for.

    Off topic but does anyone know where I can get like theater curtains?

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    You're looking into spending $3-5K just for upgrading video if you want a 3D projector and quality will be decent. Look into the new Optoma HD3300 and I know Epson has a reasonably priced 3D projector in that range that won't be too bad. Then you will need to get a screen that is optimized for 3D.

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    I've been running a 3D projector since last January, and if you're going with 3D then I would suggest you stick with a DLP based unit. You're in luck because a few nice 1080p 3D DLP projectors just came out recently.

    Optoma HD33 1080p 3D DLP
    Optoma Projectors: Optoma HD33 DLP projector

    Acer H9500BD
    Acer Projectors: Acer H9500BD DLP projector

    There are some more expensive LCOS based units by JVC and others that will give you a slightly better 2D picture quality, but in my experience DLP is the only technology capable of displaying 3D with NO ghosting or cross-talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cain View Post
    Then you will need to get a screen that is optimized for 3D.
    I'm curious what you mean by this? Active 3D projection doesn't require any special type of screen. You might want something with a bit of gain, but that's true for a lot of 2D setups as well.

    Oh, and the new DLP 1080p projectors are only around $1500. If you also want top 2D quality then you can look at the Sony or JVC units, but like I said I'm not sold on anything other than DLP for 3D. I just couldn't stomach spending ~$4k on a projector that still suffers from some ghosting...

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    There are some forums which are excellent for this type of info. I'm not sure if I can post the links here so if you want, just PM me.

    I know Epson just released three 3D projectors, the 3010, 5010, and 6010. I would look into them.

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    Hey guys thanks for all the good responses. I've done some research in the meantime and the Optoma had some really good reviews considering it can now be had for about 1400 on amazon. Do I need a special screen? I was just planning on displaying on my wall, or is that a bad idea? Do you know if the Optoma has any way to output wireless audio? I'm not sure I could get it all wired in without A LOT of work.

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    No special screen required. The wall will work fine until you decide on a screen, a many people just put up a sheet of black out cloth that you can get from most fabric stores. The only issue is that your colours might be off depending on wall colour. My old Acer actually has a setting to compensate for different wall colours, but I'm not sure any other projectors do this.

    Not sure about wireless audio, but to make setup easier you might just run HDMI to the projector, and use old optical or coax (spdif) connection for regular digital audio (DD / DTS). Or you could pick up a new receiver with HDMI 1.4 switching .

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