Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 5
If you have the budget, there are projectors that can do this. You can also do this with lesser projectors as long as the screen has enough gain. Many people use a Da-Lite HP to get large bright 3D. Does require the projector lens to be placed near seated head height. If we can help you, just give us a call.
When you get interrupted and it takes you 5 minutes to complete a post, you get beat out.
I'll give you guys a shout and talk some things through. Way back when, I got my IN-76 from AVS.
I definitely would like to avoid the projector at head height. The plan is to ceiling mount it, which would put it just barely on to the screen (the lens level that is).
At least on the initial go around, I don't want to break the bank on the projector and probably the same on the sound, because I think the sound isolation is going to cost a pretty penny (less concerned with rest of house, but am concerned about neighbors dealing with bass). I can always upgrade projector/sound later, but I want to get the construction right from the beginning.
Originally Posted by plasmaowner
I can't speak of all screen material but a HP screen should give you plenty of light. I have a 159"16:9 HP screen and it's nicely bright in 3D using my Sony HW50. I sit about 16 feet from the screen and it's HUGE. I think 13' from a 155" screen may be too close.
Originally Posted by zombie10k
I sit about 14 feet from my 142" 16:9 HP. I thought my screen was big, the 159" is a monster.
3D + HP are designed for one another. The typical 1000 lumen 3D projector looks great on my HP, but it's the older 2.8 material. Some have measured it as high as 3.0 gain when the projector is at dead center.
That size at low gain would be way to dim for my preferences. I like to squint once in a while in a bright scene. then it's bright enough.
Maybe my thinking is wrong, but in the case of your two screens, when I look at viewing angle calculators, they are basically the same. 159" at 16 feet & 142" @ 14 feet have basically the same viewing angle, ~40*. So, shouldn't those two viewing experiences be pretty much equal even though one screen is quite a bit bigger than the other? I was just showing this to my wife by having her move up to 10' and then 9' when watching our 118" screen.
We are used to watching a 118" screen at 13' and have done so for the last 7 years (didn't realize how long it had been until I looked it up, but makes sense we are on our sixth bulb I think). Even with my wife, who isn't an AV enthusiast, I said something like, "we will probably have a bigger screen in the home theater" and she said, "I sure hope so."
Currently, we have a viewing angle a little less than you guys, we are at about ~36.5, but both feel we need to be bigger in the theater to have a more immersive experience. Are we kidding ourselves and going to get sick of the bigger screen, if we jump all the way to 47^?
Since I have some time, I think I need to slide my seating forward, and spend a few days at 40^, same angle as you guys, then maybe 43^ and then 46^ (12', 11' and 10'). I have a 170" at work, so I may bring her in on a weekend and watch a movie on that at around 14-15', which will be the same viewing angle as my 118" at 10', just to make sure that maintaining viewing angle by varying distances on two vastly different size screens gives the same feeling in terms of immersion and getting/tired overwhelmed.