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Location: Northern, VA - Washington, DC
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It really depends on the room and your desires. Front projection is not one bit better or worse than any other TV in a decent room. If you have good light control by the screen, then I would recommend that you ditch the TV altogether and just throw a 100"+ screen up on the wall.
It is amazing how quickly you get used to the size, so pick your screen sized based upon your theater seating preferences. Center of theater is about 1.5x the screen width, so if you like sitting closer, go a bit larger than that calculation. Typical center of theater is 110" to a 12' viewing distance. But, you do want to control light in the room very well for best results. That means darker paint, and more directional lights which can be dimmed. You can have hundreds of watts of lighting as long as they don't fall on the screen directly and have huge reflections that fall on the screen.
We had a multi-purpose room in our old home. Painted burgundy with grey carpet and grey ceilings, but we had 3 rows of recessed lights which provided a lot of light output where we needed it at the time. The kid's could play on the floor while I watched the game, or someone worked over at the desk area. Good blackout shades on the windows meant that the projector could be used daytime or nighttime without issue.
A multipurpose room will never be a dedicated home theater, but with proper thought and planning it can still provide an excellent cinematic experience when the lights are out, and a very useful room when the lights need to be on in certain areas. Great for hanging out with friends while watching the game, or cranking up to watch a good movie, or to entertain the kids with cartoons while they play in the room with some lights on.
Planning is key.
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