Originally Posted by gil393
The main advantage I see in a larger screen is that you can have more people watching the movie together. I have a 200" screen and currently seat 24. I can go up to 35 (we had 50+ for the super bowl). In my opinion the front row is too close but the kids seem to like it. At this size 1 row is sub optimal, 2 rows are good, and the back row/bar is decent but you are sitting on bar stools.
There is a fare amount of hassle in a room that size. Audio, projector, etc. all become that much "more".
A much smaller room/screen will provide the same experience but probably only for 1 optimal row. At some point I think that going too small might cause problems with Audio, speaker sizes and separation if you try and put the speakers behind the screen.
The other benefit to a larger screen is that the viewers head position can change without throwing off their viewing angle as much, ie you do not need to keep your head as still. The mind compensates for all of this but i do find watching a movie on a large computer monitor from a close distance very tedious.
OTOH, my main TV is a 34" 16x9 CRT that we watch from 12' and do not plan on changing. So I am not predisposed to big images.
Just my $.02
You summed up all my beliefs for at least the last 12 years that I have been in this hobby quite well.
It isnâ€™t until the last few months and reading comments here and elsewhere that I have been wondering more and more if there isnâ€™t something more to a big screen in mental terms how we perceive it than just the amount of the image that fills the eyes.
Like you I know for sure watching a movie sitting close enough to my 15â€ť laptop to remain immersed is much different than that same level of immersion on my 110â€ť projection screen. Even given better resolution, better contrast, and more brightness there is no comparison how much better the projector does. I also hear many others going 110 to 150 claiming a better experience a lot. So for simplicity I asked about 110 to 220.
I have also been involved in a LieMAX discussion where people view an IMAX 1.89 no different than a TV show or a flat AR movie.
Like you I was quite happy for many years watching a floor model 25â€ť TV from 10â€™ across the room, so there is some scaling that takes place in our vision. The CIH forum folks see presenting a scope movie letterboxed in a CIW setup a disaster. I also try and view with a CIH mindset but when I go to friends with front projection and they are doing CIW I donâ€™t find the scope image excessively small only slightly less immersive. Like watching it from a few rows back in the theater. One thing in my theater there is no screen frame to give anything away before the movie starts and I zoom up and down to suit my mood and the content. My whole wall is the screen. I must admit better BD content looks better larger.
Steve first got me thinking about just physical screen size. And lately I have been reading IMAXâ€™s game plan going forward where they are selling the IMAX experience now and not the mammoth IMAX screen. From some of the reactions I see to it there was something about the screen size people want still.
The comments are most interesting thanks for posting.