Happy Halloween from the Projector People!

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Halloween may be Sunday but we’re already in the spirit (no pun intended) here at Projector People.

We’ve got scary movies playing on the LG CF181D. We’ve got cupcakes as big as your head in the break room. And for our customers, we have a coupon code for free 3-day shipping on select projectors!

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Just use the code “SCARY” to get free expedited shipping on all in-stock projectors more than $799. The code is good through Oct. 31, 2010.

Enjoy! And have a safe and fun Halloween!

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DIY: Paint a Projector Screen

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There’s no doubt that a high-quality screen will give you the most bang for your projector buck. Manufacturers like Screen Innovations and Da-Lite use materials designed to enhance contrast and color in their projector screens. The results are deep blacks and punched-up white levels.

But not everyone has the spare change to purchase a projector screen.

And some people simply prefer to take a DIY approach to their home theaters.

Like Nelson.

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We had the pleasure of chatting with Nelson last week about his homemade projector screen.

Nelson built a 120-inch diagonal screen using Home Depot white ceiling paint and poplar 1x4s. Check out the pics at right.

To ensure a smooth surface, Nelson filed away any imperfections on the wall. He then applied two coats of Kilz primer followed by several layers of the ceiling paint. He painted the poplar black and used it to build a frame around his “artwork.”

He sent us some shots of his screen in action. Check out Quantum of Solace and Spiderman 3 at right.

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“The room is not a designer showcase but it is only used with the lights off,” Nelson said.

Nelson’s Painted Projector Screen Stats

  • Room Dimensions: 13 by 18 feet
  • Wall color: terracotta
  • Ceiling color: black
  • Paint used: Kilz primer, Home Depot store brand white ceiling paint
  • Distance he sits from screen: 10 feet, 4 inches
  • Projector used: JVC HD350 (“The JVC black levels are stunning!” Nelson told us.)

We were pretty dazzled by Nelson’s DIY creation, and we’re sure there are other fantastic home theater projects out there. If you think yours is up to snuff, send pictures and info to hometheaterdiy@gmail.com. You could be featured on our blog!

In a season of record spending on gadgets, what’s on your wish list?

Despite an overall decline in gift spending, this holiday season will see “historic highs” on gadget purchases, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

Consumer electronics will be the hottest gifts to give and receive, the CEA’s research shows. Consumers are expected to spend $232 on gadgets, up 5% from last year. That’s the highest dollar amount the CEA has seen since it started tracking these figures.

Three of the top five items on adults’ holiday gift wish lists are electronics, according to the CEA. Laptops and Apple’s iPad ranked second and third on the list respectively. The number one item on adults’ wish lists? Peace and happiness of course.

The Average Adult’s Holiday Wish List, According to the CEA

  1. Peace/Happiness
  2. Notebook/Laptop
  3. iPad
  4. Clothes
  5. eReader
  6. Car/Motorcycle
  7. Family Together
  8. Good Health
  9. Video Game System
  10. Money

What’s on your holiday wish list? An iPad? World peace? Both?

OwLink’s “fishing line” HDMI extender kit

OWLink Fishing Line

OwLink recently came by to show off their Full HD with IR Fiber HDMI Video Extender kit. Man, were we impressed.

The kit includes a transmitter, receiver, connecting cables and a crystal clear multimode fiber optical cable which closely resembles a fishing line.

Check out the image at right.

This practically invisible line is capable of transmitting uncompressed digital video and audio up to 1,000 feet. That’s nearly a fifth of a mile!

We can easily see OwLink’s HDMI extender at use in commercial or home theater applications. No more unsightly “cable nests.” No more drilling through walls to hide cables.

We aren’t the only ones smitten with OwLink’s HDMI extender kit. The technology won the Best of Innovations, Design and Engineering Award at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Additional features of the OwLink HDMI extender all-in-one-kit

  • available in plenum-rated, indoor and outdoor-grade and “fishing line” options
  • supports HDMI video input with a maximum resolution of 1080p/36 bit@60Hz
  • transmits uncompressed digital video and audio with Hollywood approved content protection protocol, (HDCP)
  • kit includes an IR (infrared) emitter and sensor so you can use your original remote control

Check out the full line of OwLink extenders here»

This product is being exclusively launched through Projector People. We have 100 and 200-ft extender kits in stock, longer options are just a phone call away. Give one of our Projector Experts a ring at 1-888-248-0675.

Projector Central Reviews the Samsung F10M LED Projector

Our friends at ProjectorCentral.com recently took the 1,000-lumen Samsung F10M LED projector for a spin. Check out the review below.

Samsung F10M projector

The Samsung F10M is the world’s first full-size, high-brightness LED based projector. Compared to traditional mercury lamps, LED light sources are greener and last much, much longer. Where mercury lamps fizzle out around 4,000 hours, the Samsung F10M’s LED light source lasts up to 30,000 hours.

“If you are anything like me, you have trouble wrapping your head around big numbers, so: you can use this projector for four hours at a stretch every single day, starting today, and the lamp will not expire until early April of 2030 – over twenty years from now,” ProjectorCentral.com.

Read the full review here»

Learn more about the Samsung F10M and the benefits of LED projectors»