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TenTonBass's Avatar TenTonBass 05:18 PM 11-28-2012
This is just a random noob question. I am looking at purchasing my first home in the coming future and I am keeping a keen eye on basement layouts for my future home theater.

I was doing some research on a site that has a throw range to screen size calculator and the calculator went as low as 12 feet on the throw range in which it suggested a 89" screen at 16:9 ratio.

In your opinion what would be the minimum screen size you would want to warrant having a projector set-up? I guess your answers could determine what size room setup I will keep an eye out for.

My other option is going with one of the 80" Sharp LED tvs but for the price of one of those ($5,000 - $6,000) I think I could get a nice projector set-up.

Thanks guys!
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Mrke1's Avatar Mrke1 05:29 PM 11-28-2012
Everyone's advice will differ but I'll throw in my experience. I had a 200 sq ft room in an old condo that I put the projector in. I believe it threw around an 86' image, at about 12 ft. At the time, it was okay, but I was sitting way to close. Close enough that it would torch my eyes after watching a movie. You want to sit a good 15-20' away from your screen when you start to get to images that size. Now, I have a house and throw 106' image and can sit back a ways. I believe you want to get to 90"+ to really get the experience. My advice would be to not only worry about the size of the image, but how far back you can site from the screen.
TenTonBass's Avatar TenTonBass 05:43 PM 11-28-2012
Yeah my goal was to be close enough to be taken in by the large screen size.
I know the new massive LED tvs (80" +) have a rather short minimum view distance for their size.

I didnt know with projectors that viewing distance was that crucial.
donaldk's Avatar donaldk 06:59 PM 12-01-2012
It isn't, anyway wit 1080P you shouldn't sit further away than 3 time the image height, that's assuming you have 20/20 vision, not worse. With 4K that's twice the vertical resolution, the viewing distance recommended is 1.5 times the picture height, and with 8K 0.75 times the image height. So you very well may be just fine sitting three meters from a 1.5 meter high screen, so a screen bigger than you are considering, this is quite forgiving.
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