front row 9.5'
second row about 14.5'
I will tell you how I like it in less than a month. That is when I hope to be finished. But, I did some experiments on the wall before I started the project and I liked it from the 9.5' front row distance. It ends up being close to a 50 degree viewing angle if I remember correctly. I think the 1.78:1 will be too small for me but I was height limited and I went with as tall a screen as I could fit.
That puts me at 1x screen width and 2.3x screen height, with a 54 degree horizontal viewing angle.
My second row is at 15'-10" with a 34 degree viewing angle, slightly less than the 36 degree minimum recommended by THX.
Using a JVC-RS45.
Front row is 130" from the screen (3 * height)
I am ~ 11' 6" back from 144" wide 16:9 - only viewed a handful of movies but I definitely am glad I did not chose a smaller screen.
Several friends have watched a movie with us and some preferred 2nd or 3rd row but most liked the front (especially for 2.35:1 content)
I watch in the middle row at 16'... but the front row is fun for certain movies.
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My Home Theater of the Month- Le Petit Trianon
Hanging around here can give you an inferiority complex! I thought I had a big screen, but at the end of the day relative to those posted I'm about average! :-)
140" wide, 2.35 -- 12.5 ft. distance
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I'm not a dedicated theatre, but just the living room in my condo. 72" wide 16:9 - what is that about an 84 diagonal. Primary viewing from about 14-15', but we fill up in front if there are more than 3 watching. My preference is about 1.5 screen widths to the eyeballs, but the nature of the room dictates a longer viewing distance unless I want to move furniture all the time.
We were all probably feeling pretty good about ourselves until thebland posted his stats. Thanks, buddy!
just under 11ft
projector is the the panasonic AE8000