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People that own home projectors, how big are your screens?

Just curious, I use the Carl’s ProGray Projector screen Material, and I use the full 126 by 71 inches.

But it seems like most people go a lot smaller? Which makes no sense to me since I would think we would want the image to be as large as possible.

Does it make a big difference in image quality?
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People that own home projectors, how big are your screens?
Mine's 100", but I could (and probably should) have gone 106".
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I went with 150" which is about as big as I could make work for my room. Projection technology has trade offs and the ace in the hole has always been the size of the image. The smaller you go the more flat panel televisions make sense.
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Mine's 117" (diagonal), felt a bit too big at first, after 1 week I regretted not getting a bigger one, now 3 years on, I'm pretty ok with it.
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We are fans of larger so we do 151.5" or 143.5" of scope using every available inch of width and height allowed by the room.
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135" Wide x 65" High

Hello All,

Hope you are all well.

135" Wide X 65" High Multi Aspect Ratio 2.0:1 unity gain screen.

Sitting Distance is 11 feet. Viewing Angle is 54 degrees.

Here it is with 2.35 content.



Projector is a Sony VPL-HW10 which would not belong in this forum since it was over $3,000 when new.

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Just curious, I use the Carl’s ProGray Projector screen Material, and I use the full 126 by 71 inches.

But it seems like most people go a lot smaller? Which makes no sense to me since I would think we would want the image to be as large as possible.

Does it make a big difference in image quality?
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Any discussion of screen size needs to include viewing distance. My wife and I view a 100" 16:9 screen from exactly 10', or 10" of diagonal per 1' of viewing distance. I could tolerate a little larger from 10' but my wife can't. It still beats our 60" plasma from 10'.
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135, 9 feet seating position.
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119" and I sit in the first row about 9' away. Very happy.

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Hello Dave,

Indeed, that is very important information. I also think viewing angle should also be included.

Wife and I in a theater usually sit at about the 50 degree viewing angle in a theater, and that is what I recreated for our home viewing.

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Any discussion of screen size needs to include viewing distance. My wife and I view a 100" 16:9 screen from exactly 10', or 10" of diagonal per 1' of viewing distance. I could tolerate a little larger from 10' but my wife can't. It still beats our 60" plasma from 10'.

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110" 16:9 fixed screen and sit 8' back in a 12' x 12' dedicated fully light controlled room. Perfect size for IMAX movies like Avatar but I wish I could go a little larger for 2:35 content but with my large OHM mains on each side it's the widest I could make the screen. Power masking and shifting image to the bottom of the screen brings the screen all the way to 2:70 to 1 for those super wide screen movies like Hateful Eight, Bridge Over the River Kwai and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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130 inch 2.35 screen at about 13 feet. I could move my seats a little closer with a pristine source but current distance is a compromise because it helps mask some of the flaws of crappy cable TV etc.
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As big as the zoom range or wall allows.
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Dave is correct it is a function of screen size and seating distance, and of course how many people you are planning to entertain. If you want your room to hold 16 people you are going to need a bigger screen than the conventional HT that holds 4.

The system that works best is CIH constant image height or CIH+Imax .
Immersive viewing as CIH for most people starts around with a viewing distance that is 2X the screen height and most people fall someplace between 2X and 3X screen height. As an example the back row in a commercial theater is closer to 4X.

One advantage of not going excessively large is the smaller the image the more lumens you have available and for that reason and that my seating max out at 6 people in a single row and 95% of the time 4 or less our screen is 110” and seating is about 2.5 X the screen height. That size screen gave me the immersion we wanted and also enough lumens to fight some ambient light we wanted in the room for sports viewing and such.
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150" screen, Epson 5030ub, 16 feet from screen. I started with a 120", then, then 150". Had to go to inwall's and A/T screen so I could have room to go 150". You can read a lot on this, butt the simple thing is to install you projector and just project up on the wall to the size you feel is right, then pick the screen.
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10' 5" wide 2.4 white over silver spandex and 10' 5" wide 16x9 white over black spandex at 9' seating distance. I switch the screens depending on what I'm watching or how I'm feeling. I'd go larger if my room would allow it
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I built a room width (12.5 foot) white over black spandex screen - I care less about image quality than I do about image size. People can hate me all they want for that but that's how I like to watch a movie. First row is roughly 10' from the screen.

That being said, text in movies or games is most definitely "chunky" on the screen.

My PJ is the BenQ 1070 and I run it min/max where I slide the zoom all the way one way for 16:9 (9.5 feet wide) and all the way the other way for 21:9 content (12' wide)
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I do a 161" diagonal in my unfinished basement. Sitting about 16' away from it.

W1070 With The Lights On - 161" Screen

It's pretty darn cool. It will be better when I finish the basement.

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That being said, text in movies or games is most definitely "chunky" on the screen.
But still even an old Gamecube game that looks really "bad" by today's standards looks "really" great when it is over a 150".
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But still even an old Gamecube game that looks really "bad" by today's standards looks "really" great when it is over a 150".
how are you running that in 16:9? Is that an emulator? I really like Mech Assault, KOTOR, etc from OG XBox but good god the 4x3 framing just drives me nuts.
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GameCube and Progressive Scan Capability

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how are you running that in 16:9? Is that an emulator? I really like Mech Assault, KOTOR, etc from OG XBox but good god the 4x3 framing just drives me nuts.
Hello,

Hope you are well.

Many GameCube games support progressive scan and 16:9 aspect ratio natively if you have the component cable for the GameCube, or play them on a Wii with component cables. No emulator required.

Later,

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how are you running that in 16:9? Is that an emulator? I really like Mech Assault, KOTOR, etc from OG XBox but good god the 4x3 framing just drives me nuts.

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Just curious, I use the Carl’s ProGray Projector screen Material, and I use the full 126 by 71 inches.

But it seems like most people go a lot smaller? Which makes no sense to me since I would think we would want the image to be as large as possible.

Does it make a big difference in image quality?
106" here. While the inclination to most is to get the biggest screen you can throw on the wall its usually a bad idea. The key factor here is seating distance and viewing angle. If your seating area is to close to accommodate an over sized screen your viewing experience will actually suck. (its the same effect of sitting in the front row at the movie theater when you showed up late). There are formulas out there to determine proper screen size.
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Not necessary. GameCube supports 16:9 right out of the box as long as you have component cables.

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I am currently in transition, but when my system was up, we sat 8 feet from a 92" 16:9 screen and it was great.
I now have the space for a 106, maybe 110" screen. I'm still working on it, but look forward to the larger screen and sitting further away.
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