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A budget 1080P projector setup
« on: March 24, 2018, 17:07 »
Late last year, thought I'd try setting up a projector for my viewing pleasure. 4K projectors are still a bit pricey, so I  can live with a good budget 1080P projector.

So, last Black Friday, bought the Optoma GT1080Darbee 1080P short throw (0.49 ratio) projector from Amazon USA to Singapore. The overall reviews were pretty good, so I just jumped in and bought it blind. This projector is labelled as a "gaming" projector as it has, supposedly, very good 16ms Enhanced Gaming Mode that enables rapid response time. It has Darbee Image Enhancement which helps make images pop for movies. It does not have horizontal or vertical lens shift. So, I knew ceiling mounted installation will be a challenge (as indicated by some of the Amazon reviewers). However, I think my DIY skills should be enough to do this myself.

I don't have a dedicated room for my home theatre. So, everything is in my living room. There is minimal ambient light control - the only thing I have are some simple curtains to block out the very bright sunlight from the balcony. Even with the curtains fully drawn, there's ambient light leaking out from many places. So, I had to choose a projector screen with some ambient light rejection and is affordable. So, I went to ezbuy and searched. Found this motorized 100" grey screen for S$93 and I just bought it. It took over a month to be delivered. As I'm an ezbuy Prime member, shipping cost was $2.99.

Also picked up this budget ceiling mount from ezbuy for $9. 8m long HDMI cable for $14.

I measured and marked out exactly where to install everything. First thing was to mount the projector screen. And after that, powered on the projector and switched on grid test. Held up the projector with bracket installed up against the ceiling and slowly moved it about till I found the best location. Marked the spot, drilled and mounted the projector. Ran the HDMI and power cables and all is ready.

In the end, I am extremely happy with this setup. I am getting 90+" displays that are absolutely beautiful to me. The Optoma Darbee enhancement is very good. The budget grey screen is pretty good too. With ambient light everywhere, the picture is not too washed out. It's not real ALR, but I have no complaints on the price and what it does. Heck, it's motorized too with remote. All for under S$100.


Optoma GT1080Darbee is a short throw projector. Installed about 1m away from screen to get about 92" display.


Light creep handled pretty well with the grey screen.




Screen will come down in front of the 55" LED TV.




Ceiling fan blades a couple of inches away. Screen a meter away.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2018, 17:12 by dbchoong »
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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2018, 13:09 »
Very nice , your place looks very similar to mine, including the cornice with downlights. Am also contemplating adding a PJ soon, and waiting for the price to drop further . Having the same idea to have the screen come down in front of the tv, and the front heights and centre speakers tucked behind the pj screen.

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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2018, 13:51 »
Very nice , your place looks very similar to mine, including the cornice with downlights. Am also contemplating adding a PJ soon, and waiting for the price to drop further . Having the same idea to have the screen come down in front of the tv, and the front heights and centre speakers tucked behind the pj screen.
I an also contemplating of have a PJ and have a drop down screen in front of the TV. I have front height speakers for Atmos. Wouldn't the sound be blocked by the drop down screen?
Anyone looking at Mi laser projector?


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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2018, 14:05 »
Acoustically transparent type of screen like the ones from Seymour. I have eyes set for the Sony , but they are not cheap, waiting for the price to drop...

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A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2018, 14:07 »
Acoustically transparent type of screen like the ones from Seymour. I have eyes set for the Sony , but they are not cheap, waiting for the price to drop...
Oh. Just checked the price from your website. Beyond my budget.

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« Last Edit: March 25, 2018, 14:17 by Ccyao »
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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2018, 21:13 »
Thanks for sharing this Bro

With this size of screen, and short throw and the price, it's a steal

I hope the hdr projectors price will drop to an affordable level one day.

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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2018, 21:21 »
I an also contemplating of have a PJ and have a drop down screen in front of the TV. I have front height speakers for Atmos. Wouldn't the sound be blocked by the drop down screen?
Anyone looking at Mi laser projector?

My front height speakers for Atmos are placed just next to projector screen frame. So, no blockage for me.
Mi Laser looks very interesting, but the price is still a bit ex. Think it's about $2.2k (qoo10). Plus, I really hate the Mi TV OS. It's full of advertisements.. :(
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A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2018, 21:29 »
My front height speakers for Atmos are placed just next to projector screen frame. So, no blockage for me.
Mi Laser looks very interesting, but the price is still a bit ex. Think it's about $2.2k (qoo10). Plus, I really hate the Mi TV OS. It's full of advertisements..
Thanks for sharing! Never use Mi products before. I am attracted to it because of the UST and laser. I'll probably only use it to project since I will be using Apple TV most of the time.
No hurry for me since I just got my oled tv. I need to think of how best to set up due to the numerous constraints that I have in my small HT room.


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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2018, 00:08 »
nice bro. i think you need to replace your curtains to night curtains. total no light pass thru.
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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2018, 12:40 »
Acoustically transparent type of screen like the ones from Seymour. I have eyes set for the Sony , but they are not cheap, waiting for the price to drop...
Drop down AT screens are rare? Usually AT screens are fixed...

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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2018, 12:53 »
Drop down AT screens are rare? Usually AT screens are fixed...

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Oh no, so less probability then. Hmm, anyway, will consult with you guys again towards year end when prices really drop and am ready to go for it... same like ccyao , I will have a lot to think about if placing it in the hall.

Nice sharing from db above. It just shows that with a decent Budget and skill, it is still possible to enjoy nice big screen quality HD videos


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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2018, 16:33 »
Forgot to mention that 3D also works great. I got a set of 4 pcs of Emgreat G15-DLP DLP-LINK Active Glasses from Amazon for about US$35.
The 3D images are really nice. However, rarely used cause still prefer good old 2D movies.
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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2018, 23:53 »
US$1839 = S$2.4k. Qoo10 cheaper. . Lol
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Re: A budget 1080P projector setup
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2018, 13:09 »
If you grab it direct from the stall, it will definitely be cheaper than going thru' an online store! :)