Home Theatre Projector questions from a cheap noob...
I watch movies on a 27" widescreen iMac. It's perfect for me. However, I just started dating someone and it's not perfect for two people watching. I don't want to buy a television as I prefer life without them.
So, I'm considering buying a used projector off Craigslist
. I have tons of room for throw as I live in a loft.
I have a stereo, but it's ancient so does not have HDMI and all that jazz. (My receiver is from the 70s or 80s, for instance, but has plenty of RCA ins/outs.)
I have a dvd player but not a blu-ray player. However, through a friend I have access to blu-ray and dvd discs for free so if BR is better to project, I don't mind buying a drive for that. (Bonus if it can hook up to my iMac).
If I don't want to buy more speakers/stereo equipment and just want to spend money on the projector, b-r player, and possibly a screen, what should I look for in used gear?
Should I just buy the best one I can afford and make sure it has outputs to go to my amp? If so, what are those outputs? Or are there converter cables to take HDMI and other outs and turn them into my needs?
I mostly watch classic films, foreign movies, and art house pics. Explosions and crazy surround sound stuff is not a priority.
Any particular words, phrases, makes, or models I should be punching into my Craigslist searches? Thanks.