Home cinema of a poor geek

    And a few unsolicited tips for those who are just going.

    And here’s the other side of the coin:

    In the first photo you can clearly see the “dimming” curtains on the balcony and the morning light breaking through them. Direct sunlight in these curtains only hit at certain hours and not all year round 1-) But even so, the light is not strong.

    Three lamps are also clearly visible under the ceiling - I do not turn them off when I play from a computer or console.

    The HC1100U (720p) DLP projector, according to the "parrots", has the lowest luminosity of its analogues (1000 Lm), but I use it in an economical mode. For a movie, just turn off the overhead light. The projector fan is audible only in scenes without sound at all, but it is rare in cinematography. Thirty thousand two years ago, thirty five now. Normal FullHD (1080p) models cost from forty-five thousand. I won’t say much about the LCD and DLP war, but in my opinion for cinema, DLP still covers any LCD. And the grid between the pixels is smaller. I do not recommend watching at 1080i, 720p looks much better.

    the light is off, auto-flash soap disheslight on, no flash

    For those who have “only the wall in front of the bed is free”: this is just ideal for a projector, almost all of these devices for the “home” category are designed to project a picture up. That is, on a vertical wall, the bottom edge of the frame will be higher than the lens (15-20-30 centimeters, depending on the distance).

    It is not recommended to tilt the projector, although it is possible - you have to play with the compensation of the trapezoid and other things, and this is done in the "home" instances through the processing of the signal by the smart brain, that is, the image "pixel to pixel" will no longer work. There are more expensive options with special tilt-shift lenses, but they are, in short, expensive 1-)

    But turning the projector upside down is the sweetest thing: the upper edge of the frame is obtained below the lens conveniently located on the shelf of the device. The main thing is not to forget about ventilation, but it is traditionally done by the manufacturer through the side or (more often) front panels. Well, not every projector can be put on the lid - for mine, for example, it is sloping, but four rubber feet on self-gluing will successfully solve this problem. Or a special mount:

    For those who are looking for this - keep in mind that the “specialized for the projector” (implies 4 holes for screws on the underside of the device) can cost an order of magnitude more expensive than the ordinary plain “for the video recorder” (“two legs”). Well, everyone is aware of the price of crystal-warm tube sound and warmed cables 1-) It cost me 400 rubles in the nearest “convenience store”.

    A replacement lamp for my device costs $ 289, which is about a third of the price of a new projector. 289 dollars “with them”, up to 20 thousand rubles “with us”, but I have not bothered with a real search yet - for now 399 hours out of 3000 declared have been spent. Be careful: where not specifically indicated, the manufacturer indicates the period of work in the "economic" mode. I consider it a pleasant bonus that the projector, unlike the TV, can not be left turned on "for the background."

    In order to save on the lamp, a UPS of 525 VA (300 W) was purchased - there it is, it turns black on the left of the projector. While sudden shutdowns when viewing did not happen, but the soul is calm: the fan has time to cool the lamp, it takes a couple of minutes, no more. The 450 VA projector does not hold the projector, dying immediately when the lamp is turned on (even in pass-through mode). I set the marketing tricks of manufacturers who do not add the simplest battery, from which only a fan would be fed, to inexpensive models. I don’t remember the price, in the region of three or four thousand.

    The chair for viewing has to be thrown back, because my screen is suspended from the calculation of playing on a Wii, where most of the entertainment is “standing”. Well, drive back, of course. Standing and waving your arms in front of the screen is quite possible; Of course, if you raise them up, a shadow will appear on the screen, but hanging up the screen is absolutely inconvenient for a movie viewing, and playing is not very pleasant.

    For those who asked about DVD rips: rips passed through the “upgraders” of some player nt can actually look; however, I included the specially purchased DVD player in the system exactly once: I put the disc in, was horrified, put the ruler on the screen, turned off and put the player back in the box. Here simple planimetry comes into play: on such a screen, the resolution of 576i (standard DVD) implies a pixel size of more than a centimeter. However, all this is flavoring. But to me personally, such a large pixel and the "ladder" of interlace are striking.

    As for the rest of the iron, the JVC RX-F10 receiver (component / composite video inputs, S / PDIF TOSLINK / RCA sound, DTS / ES, DOLBY, LPCM) with speakers was taken from considerations of "the first time I put it all the same." Now I would rather go broke, but take a normal inexpensive res with several hdmi inputs (and some upscaler for component video, or a receiver with an upscaler directly), which would get rid of an additional component cable (three coaxials) under the ceiling, plus I would simplify it switching sources. A sub under the table, I'm not a fan of loud and / or bass sound. Now the format problem is probably completely irrelevant, but keep it in mind: if you directly output sound through a digital output (HDMI video card / media player or SPDIF sound), make sure that the receiver knows all the common formats. Six thousand with columns.

    Prefix Wii. Wii as Wii, what can I say about it 1-) It fulfills its entertainment task by two hundred percent. Twelve thousand Wii, five thousand "scales."

    The cable from the computer to the dvi-hdmi projector ... It was necessary to take hdmi-hdmi and an adapter: it would be easier to add an hdmi-hub to the system or replace the receiver, and almost all video cards now have hdmi output. Now I’ll be exhausted with a reverse adapter or change the cable. Naturally, cable prices are very different from the place of purchase, and the digital HDMI signal does not care about oxygen-free copper. Seven meters for 300-500 rubles, something like that. For those who are terrified of this sausage under the ceiling, there is a cable channel or corrugation (now it is removed). Yes, in the days of ona I happened to see a “cool IT specialist” (except for jokes, really cool and famous), who was not aware of how a cable with a large plug is packed into a corrugation. So, she stupidly cuts along. Pull the cables with the steel, without cutting,

    The screen turned out to be more than necessary, in fact, this was expected: maybe I would have to urgently move to another apartment, and I didn’t buy everything in my hometown - I didn’t bother with the exchange. Yes, they say, the image "barely edge" in the black margins looks much better. I don’t see any particular problems in the white field around the frame, and it’s not very white if you watch a movie late in the evening. But for those who want to polish, I advise you to carefully consider the size and think about additional sliding black curtains for a different form factor of the frame. Three thousand rubles, plus or minus pliers. Draper Luma - quite a brush gives itself, push it into the swing. Matte white coating. You can gracefully bother with casting ^ W screen with a motor, most projectors have a “trigger” output just for this case: turn on the projector - the screen unfolds, the curtains slide in.

    For those who think about the translucent screen, I advise you to find and look at it live. In my opinion, translucent screens do not mean cinema at all.

    The foreground monitor, by comparison, has a diagonal of twenty-four inches.

    There is no HD media player yet, because none of the existing ones suited me for one reason or another. Now the plans of WD TV Live as the most technical and beautiful interface, or still HTPC.

    Finally, I recall that the larger the field, the more noticeable is the harmfulness to the eyes of a luminous monitor / TV. The projector's reflected light is free from this drawback.

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