First post after lurking for awhile :).
Putting together my dedicated home theater. No windows, 100% light control with a 12 foot viewing distance. I just picked up a used Panasonic PT-ae4000u. Incredible image quality! My last projector was an Optoma GT750 (more for convenience rather then "awesome" PQ, obviously)... and waaayyy before that, I used to have a Panasonic PT-AX100u that I absolutely love (hence the decision to go with another panny).
My theater room's absolute max accommodation for a screen is 135", which is what I wanted. I didn't calculate the throw distance on the AE4000u prior to purchasing, and discovered that butt up against the rear wall, the max screen I can get is 123" (or 120").
When I had the PT-AX100u, I was doing 135", and it was awesome. I really loved that completely immersive theater experience where the picture was so large, just a lliiittttttllleeeeee bit of the picture was ever so sliiggghtttllyy out of your side vision, but not to the extent that really required you to move your head side to side.
With this 120", I don't quite get that, but I could with something like the BenQ w1070, which is in all respects, inferior to the AE4000u in overall image quality (don't want/need 3D).
So I pose the question, if you were me, would you opt for the more "epic cinema" experience, or the better image quality.
BTW, before someone mentions, I can't really move the sofa up to the wall, because the double doors to the theater room are positioned in a way that would make you run into the sofa if it were pushed up anymore.
Thanks in advance!
I myself would go the 120" screen, with a dark finishes to capture stray light coming off the screen, and enjoy the brighter image.
Maybe you can't move the sofa, but you could reduce the viewing distance with an acoustically transparent screen and screen wall
I agree with Tedd.
You're definitely going to lose some brightness - even if using a high quality first surface mirror, and I think there will also be a marginal hit to your image quality. Finally, working out the proper geometry and calibration is going to be difficult. And once it's calibrated, you'd better have it rock solid secure because any tiny change in the mirror's orientation is going to be noticeable on the screen for sure. You may wish to take a look at how Runco accomplishes this with the LS-100d.
The dimensions you mention above - are you talking about 120" wide or diagonal? And I assume you're using a 16:9 ratio? Either way, it's a sizeable screen from that viewing distance and I would definitely choose a nice punchy 120" image over a less bright and more muddy 135" one. Just my two cents...
Assuming a narrow room you might be closer to the "ideal" triangle??
a current gen 70" HDTV has a better picture quality than any projector I've seen - - but I'd take the projector.
I recently went with a panasonic AE8000U and it's a significant upgrade my my Epson 8350. I was considering a 70" HDTV this next go round after investigating the new TVs - but ultimately when I zoomed down my projector image size to get an idea - I new that wasn't really going to float my boat - no matter how good the picture quality was. I currently use a 144" scope screen which is the equivalent of 152" 16x9 at scope mode and 114" 16x9 in native mode from about a 13' viewing distance. I'm digging it!