Join Date: Apr 2001
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I'm updating my HT with accoustic treatment and new HT recliners. Before I start building the rise for the second row, I need to decide on the seating distance.
This has lead me through a series of thoughts which ultimately made me decide to go for an SMX accoustic transparant screen.
My question is what screen size you would recommend for my room - I would then pick the projector afterwards. I would like a 2.4:1 screen.
My room is 13.4 feet x 22 feet, with sloping walls (attic).
Right now I have a setup with three floorstanding speakers and a pull-down Dalite High Power 100" 2.35:1 screen above the speakers. This is the widest I could go due to the sloping walls - the top corners of the screen touches the sloping walls, while the buttom is right above the speakers.
I could go wider, though, by lowering the screen. This would require an acoustic transparent screen, as well as rising the speakers by 6-8" to get the lowest unit above the screen frame.
The distance from the front wall to the eyes on the first 138" wide row (4 berkline 090 recliners with the end seats angled) is maximum 11.3 feet, but with a false wall with the screen mounted, it will be 2-3 feet less.
Second row (4 berkline 090 recliners 130" wide) will have maximum 17.9 feet from front wall to eyes, with false wall 2-3 feet less as well.
The seating width is a little tight, with only a 2-3 feet corridor to the right of the rows. I expect to use the center seats mainly, with the end seats as overflow.
Current projector is a Sanyo Z4, but will be updated to a 1080P digital projector in the 2000-3000 $ price range in a year or so. The room has complete light control.
Initially I will use zoom for constant height, but will probably update to an anamorhic lense at some point. This could be a couple of years down the road, though.
I used to have a Prismasonic H-500, but thought the CA and unclearity was too much.
What screen size (2.4:1) would you recommend? I'm thinking something like 9-9.5 feet - but fear it might be too close to the first row, which would be my primary row.