I am in the process of replacing my Panny AE900U PJ that went bad on me. I loved the pj, but am looking to replace it with one of the lower priced value projectors (Optoma HD131Xe or BenQ W1070). I would love to get the Panasonic PT-AE8000, but college tuitions make that an impossibility.
In my current set-up, I have a dedicated basement (just over 7' ceiling) HT (no windows), a 106" diagonal severtson screen (silverish), two rows of theater seating (2nd row sits on a riser) and the projector was mounted slightly behind the second row. I liked the pj being behind us... kind of like a real theater set up. The throw for the Panny in that set-up was just over 18 ft.
However, with these new projectors I am looking at, the throw distance for a 106" screen is around 12.5 feet. That places the pj directly over my first row, and in front of my 2nd row of seats. I have no problem physically moving the mount forward, but...
I was just wondering if the pj being directly over us affects the viewing experience. Do any of you have a similar set up? I am sure the noise could be a little more of an issue (since it is closer to us), but how about the viewing experience. Would it bother 2nd row viewers?
I know this isn't a real technical question, just wondering if any of you have experienced this kind of set up.