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Guys, can I get some input? My seating area is approx. 11.5 feet from the screen and I'm looking at a 120" screen. In your opinion is that too big? Or is that typically up to the person? I'm wondering if I went with a 107" screen if the picture would simply look higher quality from that distance..."sharper" perhaps?
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It is a personal thing.
Set up your projector and watch it on the wall at 120" for a week.. look at all kinds of content especially fast moving stuff.
I sit about 13' from 110 and at first it felt to big but after a few weeks it is ok. Would not want it any bigger but that is me. I sit center to 2/3 back in a movie theater.. I like the screen to almost fill my vision so I am looking out a window seeing the entire scene at once rather than having to look to see what is going on at the left of right edge. Fast moving stuff can be difficult to watch if you are to close... Others will say they like it bigger.. is something you need to figure out before you buy a screen.
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Thank you so much for the feedback! The only reason I say I'd go that big is because we will only use it for movies and special events....so my thought was "go big or go home". The only problem is I was going to order a package with projector and screen (at once)
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It really is personal preference, I had no issue with 120" at 11-12 feet. Over the past three years I have played tons of video games/watched movies at that distance and loved it
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package deals are typically not very good deals.. Take the time to understand the projector terms, technologies and requirements for you room.
I never really enjoyed watching TV or movies until I got a projector. Looking at the stupid little box for 3 hours seems silly.. However, once you start watching HD TV on 100" or greater, you will wonder how anyone could watch a 50" flat screen. Saving it for movies and special events is a waste of money, projectors loose value as fast as computes or cell phones so in 2 years it will be virtually valueless in the resale market, so use it as much as you can and enjoy it!
Next time you are sitting in you favorite viewing seat watching HD TV and a car commercial comes on and the show the fine print.. Realize with a projector you can actually read what that says!
Good luck in your project and have fun!
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We watch a 120" screen from 12' 6". I like it, my wife doesn't want it any bigger / closer. It sort of depends on what projector you use. Some projectors may show screen door / pixels that bother you if you sit too close. Others won't. Give one of us at AV Science a call if you have questions or want a 2nd opinion / price quote.

Sometimes it's better to get the projector first, and play around with screen sizes on your wall or a white sheet, and then buy the screen,. Takes alot of the guess work out of " what screen size do I want ". smile.gif

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Guys, can I get some input? My seating area is approx. 11.5 feet from the screen and I'm looking at a 120" screen. In your opinion is that too big? Or is that typically up to the person? I'm wondering if I went with a 107" screen if the picture would simply look higher quality from that distance..."sharper" perhaps?

my setup is a 120" wide 2:35 screen and my front row of seats is 11.5 feet i think it is the perfect size i would not go any bigger for sure but that is just me, i think if i went any bigger it would be hard to watch fast moving action pack scenes.
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It took me awhile putting tape on the wall and deciding what screen size to go with while zooming with the projector.
I ended up with 128"X50" 2:35 screen and I'm only 8' to sitting position.
No regrets at all as I eventually got down to three sizes with the tape and zooming which took me a week or so to decide.
I find the 128" gave me the best immersion that just looked right.
Using a JVC X-90 and Darbee.
The hardest part is to decide to go anamorphic(been a yr or so)getting tired of having to adjust the zoom for certain movies without to much spillage.
All in all,bigger is definitely bettah:).
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OP - I'm in the same boat. Seating at 11-12 feet and looking at 106, 112, and 120".

I strongly recommend what others said, buy the projector first and play with different sizes for a week at a time.

To answer your question, I don't think 120" is too big. I was at 144" from 13' and that was big. But my wife loved it. I actually had a friend that vomited during Casino Royale due to motion sickness- no joke.

As I type this, I'm watching a movie on a 4x8 sheet of foam and I'm pleasantly satisfied. A 4x8 sheet is 48" tall, which yields a 98" 16:9 screen.

Keep in mind, the smaller the screen, the sharper and brighter the image should be. I'll probably go for 112" myself. That'll feel big after watching 98".

I used this calculator to figure out sizes.
http://www.draperinc.com/ProjectionScreens/CustomSizeCalculator.asp
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I sit at 12' from my 'screen' (currently a sheet) and I'm projecting a 115" image. I had originally wanted to go with a 110" screen as I thought 120" sitting 12' away was too big but after playing with the zoom on my projector (w1070) I have gotten used to it. It took me a day or 2 to get my eyes accustomed to a larger image after using a 60" plasma. The wife even agrees to go with a 120" screen as well. Have not gamed too much but seen lots of sports and movies on there and it is working for us.
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I sit 11' from a 120" screen and I don't think it's big enough, especially after watching an IMAX movie. So my wife tells me to sit closer...badda bing!
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120" from 11.5' is pretty big. As suggested, I would get the projector and shine on the wall at that size and live with it several days, to see if this will work for you. Wrong screen can be an expensive mistake

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120" is not too big! Obviously, it depends on your personal preference, but I like my projected image pretty big (or else, what's the point?). I have a new setup in my new house basement where the seating is about 12' from the screen and I project 110-120" depending on the format (120" for cinemascope and 110" or so for 16:9). In my old apartment I used to project about 140" from about 12-14" and even that felt "small" after a few months. IMO, you can never get big enough (as long as you don't start seeing pixels). I'm using a PT-AE8000U btw.
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As others have said, it's a matter of preference. I sit 13' away from a 106" 16:9 and I feel it's great. After much experimenting on the wall my wife was happy with 92", but agreed that we should go a bit bigger for 2.35:1 movies with the option of simply reducing the 16:9 image size if needed (we were OK with the image not reaching the screen borders, however we have adjusted for the full 106"). Personally, for ultrawide I would prefer somewhere in the 110"-120" but it wasn't practical in the space we had. However 106" 16:9 is perfect, especially sports and our favourite TV shows. It gives me a viewing angle of 33*, smack dab in the middle of the recommended THX and SMPTE viewing angles.
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I will be at 144" 2:35.....about 12.5 ft!!

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