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post #1 of 40 Old 12-30-15, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Loking to Install projector in basement with 7 foot ceilings but Best Buy said not a good idea

Just bought a home and not really too experienced with projector screens (have a 65 inch flat screen in home now)

Best Buy Magnolia came over today to take a look and they did not recommend it due to the fact the ceilings were so low but recommended an 80 inch TV.

Reason being is that if someone stood up then the head might get in the way of the screen and they seemed really against the screen so i did some searching and seemed this was the right place to ask the question

Is it possible, should i do it or go with the TV which i really didn't want.

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My theater room in the basement is 7"2, and although I wish it were higher, it's a very immersive experience. My screen, on the other hand, at 120" is a bit too large for the room. I'd recommend a 100" foot screen with the shallower ceiling. My length is 24", width about 16". I don't see why you can't mount a projector in that room. I'd also suggest ceiling mounting it, so it's less of a problem when people walk in front of the projector. Hope this helps and best of luck!

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Re: Loking to Install projector in basement with 7 foot ceilings but Best Buy said not a good idea

We had a 9' ceiling before the remodel, and now we are at about 8'...we run a 195" (6' tall) AT screen, and it is fine. You def would want to ceiling mount a projector though. When you stand up in the first or 2nd row of our HT (2nd row which is about 7' of height...floor to ceiling) the picture is blocked momentarily (same as in a Theater).

1: Is the picture blocked when people are sitting?
2: Will the projector be behind the seating so they don't hit their head on it?

If the answer is no to both questions...go with whatever you want.

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Re: Loking to Install projector in basement with 7 foot ceilings but Best Buy said not a good idea

I'm running a 96" screen with an 8' ceiling. The projector throw is about 11'. Considering the layout of the room and the placement of the projector, I very rarely have an issue with people getting up and obstructing the image. I have to point out that having an 80" TV will not make other humans in your house transparent... so they'll still be able to stand up and obstruct the image coming from the screen.

From Magnolia's perspective, there is one very distinct advantage to the 80" TV: They're way more expensive. That makes management happy when the sales guys get you to walk away with one.

If you want a projector, get a projector. If you don't know how to get it all laid out so it looks nice, ask questions around here. We'll be happy to help you out. If you drop some dimensions of your room, I'll even whip up a quick 3D model of your room so you can see what it will actually look like to scale.
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From Magnolia's perspective, there is one very distinct advantage to the 80" TV: They're way more expensive. That makes management happy when the sales guys get you to walk away with one.

Exactly what I was thinking...move the customer to a product where you make more money. Personally after they did that I would not do business with them... I would choose some other place to buy from.

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Re: Loking to Install projector in basement with 7 foot ceilings but Best Buy said not a good idea

+1, when I (or whoever) gets up, I just pause the movie! That's one of the reasons why we have our own theaters. I bet that guy would have just the right projector for you...if he sold them!
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Re: Loking to Install projector in basement with 7 foot ceilings but Best Buy said not a good idea

A projector mounted to a 7' ceiling is no issue I can't see any reason not to go with a projector. As long as the people seating in the second row (if there is one) can see the screen when seated why would that not be a much better choice.

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How big is the room and how big is the wall where the TV / screen will be ?
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Re: Loking to Install projector in basement with 7 foot ceilings but Best Buy said not a good idea

You can also alleviate some traffic-flow issues by getting a short-throw projector. This approach would allow you to put the projector closer to the screen and reduce the possibility of passing humans casting shadows.
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From Magnolia's perspective, there is one very distinct advantage to the 80" TV: They're way more expensive. That makes management happy when the sales guys get you to walk away with one.
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Exactly what I was thinking...move the customer to a product where you make more money. Personally after they did that I would not do business with them... I would choose some other place to buy from.
I hate to burst your bubble but your thinking is very flawed. First a commission on a TV vs a Projo/Screen combo is vastly different. I won't get into how different but just know that TVs have the lowest commission of almost any product in all of CE save only for computers. To say nothing of what labor for the job would cost.

Second: if your basement is finished they may have thought running the video would have presented a problem or possibly there was some other kind of issue. If you went to a design center and has a walk with the designer and their project manager and they suggested a different solution I'm sure they're was a reason.

Third: fun fact projectors and screens have the highest return/exchange rate of ant class product in the industry. Often if a room isn't ideal or the end results are questionable; you'll be offered a less risky solution. Even if that translates to less money for the salesperson in the end.

Sorry for getting on a soapbox here but I feel I have to defend salesmen the world over. I've done sales for a long time (I'm a custom integrator now) and I have to say. Sales is a noble profession. You have to win your clients' trust and respect that trust by working with their best interests in mind. You have to support their dreams while being critical of the ideas that don't work.

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