Originally Posted by millerwill
Your comments are (of course!) very true, Tom, and I agree with everything you say above. It is indeed all about personal preference, and we all try to get what we like best within our constraints of space, budget, etc. In a fully darkened room, with light absorbing material in critical areas, I find 14 ftL off a large screen very nice (certainly better than the 6 to 7 I was getting at the end of my first lamp's life). However I find that twice that is even more dynamic and engrossing (maybe my eyes are just growing dim!); this is entirely personal preference. I'm sure I would find a 150" lcd tv in my same darkened room, giving 35 ftL, just dynamic and enjoyable, and it would have the advantage of degrading less when I do turn on a reading light by my chair; but it would of course probably be more than I am willing to pay for, let alone getting it into the room.
PS When I first thought about replacing my 19" Sony Trinitron about 10 yrs ago, I got a Samsung 61" RPTV (having read many of Arun Gupta's posts here on the Forum). I loved it, but after ~ 6 months got hungry for something bigger, and after a yr or so went to a Mits 73" RPTV. Liked it even better, but then the same story: wanted something bigger, and realized that the only way this would be possible would be by going to a projector. I read for over a yr, trying to decide whether or not this would work for me, and finally made the plunge just as the JVC RS1 came out. That was my personal preference.
So for me, a projector, with its sensitivity to ambient light, etc., was the compromise I was willing to make and deal with in order to get the large screen experience I wanted. As said, I would be happy to have a comparable size 4K lcdtv, but this is just not reasonable, at least for the present; maybe rolldown OLED, so some other technology, will make direct views displays of this size manageable (and affordable) in the future. If I'm still around at that time, I would be delighted to go that route.