Projector or Big TV ?

Consider a big 75″ TV or a Projector up to a huge 150″ screen – seeing is believing.

You have finally persuaded your partner or bank manager that a projector and screen would add greatly to your big viewing experience, after  looking at reviews or asking questions on the likes of Stereonet Projector forum here, once you have chosen the projector and screen of your dreams there is with one problem – how to install it?, while most prefer a professional audio visual installer – many do it themselves so…

1. Have an electrician instal a power point near where the PJ will sit along with a Bullnose wall plate with brushes for the cables, next fit the PJ bracket securely to the ceiling, keep in mind when you do this that the lens on the projector may not be in the centre of the unit and it is the lens that has to be in line with the screen. 

Some projectors may be able to adjust the image to fit if you have not matched up exactly, but many do not. Even with those that do, there can be a loss of picture quality when using this adjustment, set the zoom to mid point and mark where screen should be or move the projector to the point in the room where it fills the screen area.

2. The first step is to put up your screen. This may seem like doing the job backwards, but the zoom range on most projectors is more limited than you may expect. If you hope to attach the projector to the ceiling, then use the zoom to give the image size you desire, then you may well be in for a rude awakening, but as you have worked out the distance the projector should be from the screen to give you the image you want based on distances published by the manufacturer, you should be set to mount the screen. There are two types of PJ screens motorised from a mounted canister or fixed the latter is the most popular due to permanent screen tensioning. Also the fabric can vary, OZ Screens have the answers here.

3. Cables can be fished through the ceiling void, or passed through conduit if you are building or renovating in advance. In the worst case, from an aesthetic point of view, they can pass through surface mounted trunking. Whichever way you do it, to avoid interference try to avoid running them alongside power cables where possible. A tip worth bearing in mind is not to just run the one cable you think you need adda Cat6 cable too it can come in handy. 

An absolute must on your “don’t forget” list is to test HDMI cables before you put them in and never pull by the plugs and try and ”feed” down from the ceiling than up preferably in 50mm conduit. While its rare any cable can be faulty it is better to find out beforehand than after they have been added to the wall and ceiling.

Footnote: there are some fantastic deals on 4k projectors these days especially from BenQ and Epson, the high end leaders are JVC and Sony but save up first!, and remember as you sit back and watch it all in 4k on that 120”/150” screen its like being there!.