I have purchased a TM4 and have things set up at our house and I am now in the process of selecting the projector for our golf room. Based on the rough-in, here are some specific details:
- Screen Size: 12’-2” wide x 8’-10” tall which sets up for a 4:3 ratio if we want the entire screen filled
- Screen to Center of Hitting Mat: 10’-6”
- Center of Hitting Mat to Radar: 9’-6”
- Current Roughed-In Projector Location: Hung from soffit that matches top of impact screen (8’-10”) and is 2’-0” in front of radar or 18’-0” from impact screen. This can be moved forward and be 2’-0” higher if we moved it in front of the soffit and closer to the screen (area above hitting mat has a ceiling height of 11'-0")
- The space is in a basement with one small window that could be blacked out so lumens are not really a major issue
- Screen Ratio: Would it be better to have the screen filled up completely with a 4:3 ratio or is the resolution more important which would warrant a 16:10 format? Based on a 12'-0" wide screen, the vertical image would be 7'-6" and we would have about 18" of blank screen at the top or the bottom.
- If we go with a 16:10 ratio, is it better to have the blank at the top, at the bottom or split between the two?
- Shadows: I don't know how to calculate and determine if the set up is going to generate shadows if we install the projector as described above. I am willing to move it closer and higher or consider a short throw projector but was hoping that we could use a standard throw and install as roughed-in since the space is 100% finished and complete. We have identified two Epson laser series units that have horizontal and vertical lens adjustment capability that would be an optical correction. I am told that thus should keep the image from being distorted.
- Projectors: We are exploring two Epson Laser series products and I after securing advice on the ratio (4:3 versus 16:10), I was hoping to get some insight on either of these two products:
- Epson PLL610 - Laser Phospor, 6,000 lumens, 4:3 format, 2,500,000:1 contrast with vertical and horizontal lens shift capability
- Epson PLL510U - Laser Phospor, 5,000 lumens, 16:10 format, 1920x1200 resolution, 2,500,000:1 contrast with vertical and horizontal lens shift capability
Thanks in advance for any advice on screen ratio, projector mounting location as it relates to the shadows and projector advice.