Really appreciate your feedback – thank you.
Another question, this time on seating distance from a 4K image.
I read online that seating distance from 4K content (or upscaled to 4K content) can and maybe should be closer than the conventional previous wisdom of up to 3.5 times the screen height.
We initially planned a 130” wide 2.35 a/r screen (141” diagonal), that’s supposed to drop between the side speakers and above the center speaker.
The room is under construction, but I stopped by the construction site today, and using masking tape, drew it on the wall. And… that screen did not seem “big” enough for that room.
By moving the screen to be in front of the speakers instead of the original plan of dropping down between the side speakers and above the center speaker, I can now plan for a larger screen (that will be perforated for sound) that can also have its bottom closer to the floor. [First question – is there a best practice on how low above floor level should a screen end at?]
What would nicely fit in when taking the screen in front of the speakers is now a 162” wide 2.35 a/r screen (176” diagonal).
Visually looking at the masking tape glued to the wall to simulate this larger size – I loved it!
I read the VPL-VW1100ES can easily fill a 176” image without compromising brightness, so that’s not a concern.
Now I need to make sure this new screen size is not too big for where the seating is planned to be……
Using this online calculator http://myhometheater.homestead.com/v...alculator.html
(that can only take a 16:9 based image size for its calculation of seating distance – so I’ve entered the constant-height 16:9 image that will projected on this 2.35 screen, which is 123” wide on 69” with a 141” diagonal) I see that THX recommended viewing distance is about 16 feet from a screen of this size – a distance that is about as far back as my room would allow. Which means if I got something wrong – I might end up with a screen too big for where my seating distance is.
So my question is – am I doing the math right? Will a reasonable viewing distance of 16 feet work with a constant image height 2.35 176” diagonal screen / 16:9 141” diagonal? And is the math different for 4K content? And a less important question mentioned earlier above, is if there’s best practice on how low above floor level should the screen end, if there’s no practical limitation (center speaker now behind the screen).
The reason I’m so fixated on this, is that I need to tell my contractor where in the concrete ceiling to leave an opening for the screen case (right next to the wall behind, so the screen drops right in front of the tv and between the speakers, or 2 foot forward in the ceiling, in front of the speakers) as well as the dimensions of this opening.
I really appreciate your kindness and patience with me and my questions.