Ok, as some of you know, I've been helping out some friends of mine and have so far successfully installed a couple of HDtivos with cablecards and gotten HD to his big screen tv in the basement and also set up their flat panel in the bedroom.
They are building an addition, and he wants this to be the piece de resistance of his home theater. He envisions Super Bowl parties with over 100 guests.
Originally he wanted a 100+ inch screen, etc etc. The problem is that where he wanted the screen to go, was a big bank of windows and doors out to a balcony. Why he didn't think to design the room with home theater in mind in the first place is a mystery, but the whole addition is under construction as we speak so there's nothing to do about it now.
The only way he could really do that would be to drop a screen and use a projector. Which would be fine except for the fact that there are lots of windows and window-paneled French doors in the room and this screen would be dropping down right in front of it. They could do black out curtains, but dropping those down over 12 windows and doors just to watch TV seems like a real pain in the rear.
On the OTHER wall is a fireplace with an 8 foot wide blank wall over which a big flat panel would work well. Its orientation isn't ideal for the kind of Super Bowl viewing parties he would like to have, but I'm not sure it matters much which way the audience is oriented when it'st ime to watch football. Besides, it would free up the balcony/doors on the other side of the room for milling about.
So. If you could design your IDEAL home theater experience in this room would you:
1) Just get a big-ass flat panel for over the fireplace and hope that a 60-70" flat panel is big enough for a 100 person party.
2) Get a slightly smaller ass flat panel for over the fireplace and install a projector system and black out curtains for the couple times a year you want to have a party and dazzle your friends with 100" HD.
3) Get a projector for over the fireplace and forego the flat panel altogether.
I presume that if I end up in the situation in whcih there are TWO screens running, I could get a receiver that would take the HDTivo video and drive them both individually or both together as well as some kind of speaker setup that would have zones. Yes?