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post #1 of 50
Thread Starter 
I have been reading on this forum for ever and seem to run across the same questions in EVERY thread so may I suggest we make an attempt to eliminate further "What screen screen size, gain, etc. should I get?" threads by informing readers on the decisions we have made, and if we feel we made the correct choices....

With that:

1) What projector are you using? JVC RS40
2) What is your throw distance? 12'
3) What is your seating distance? 8 1/2'
4) What screen: size brand, aspect ratio, and gain? Currently Undecided
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Not sure yet...
post #2 of 50
Thread Starter 
99 views in a day... Come on guys, this thread could help alot of people. Please take a minute to reply.

-Brandon
post #3 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by nobuyersremorse View Post

I have been reading on this forum for ever and seem to run across the same questions in EVERY thread so may I suggest we start a sticky thread and keep these questions isolated in one thread....

With that:

1) What projector are you using?
2) What is your throw distance?
3) What is your seating distance?
4) What screen: size brand and gain?
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size?

1)...Epson 9700 ub..... if i would change it would be a Epson 61000 or a Mits 9000 Both have Powered Zoom.. I hate the manual Zoom on the 9700..
2)...13.8 ft from lens to screen.
3)....16.5-17.5 ft
4).....SI BD .8 Gain 113inch
5)......Same
post #4 of 50
Panasonic PT AX 100u
13 ft lens to screen
Sit 13 ft from the screen
1.0 gain 106" 16 by 9 Mustang Pull down
same size


Secondary screen behind pull down is a 50" Plasma (the projector screen looks huge by comparison)
post #5 of 50
HD20
16ish throw
14-15 seating
138 inch screen
White sheets, 150 inch elite screen on the way, if Pilot gets their head out of their...
post #6 of 50
1) What projector are you using?
Mitsubishi xd460u xga resolution dlp darkchip3 with very old lamp.

2) What is your throw distance?
156"

3) What is your seating distance?
96"

4) What screen: size brand and gain?
96" x 54" (1.85:1) screen, 110" diagonal
Goodshin 4:3 120" (8ft x 6ft) tripod projection screen, glass beaded retroreflective (2.5 gain, measured +/-5 degrees vertical +/-7.5 degrees horizontal according to the manual, with a half gain viewing arc of 35 degrees (+/-17.5)) fixed to wall as 93"x50.3" screen

5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size?
Bigger and maybe sit a bit further back, thinking of converting garage into cinema room.
post #7 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by nobuyersremorse View Post

I have been reading on this forum for ever and seem to run across the same questions in EVERY thread so may I suggest we start a sticky thread and keep these questions isolated in one thread....

With that:

1) What projector are you using?
2) What is your throw distance?
3) What is your seating distance?
4) What screen: size brand and gain?
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size?

1) JVC RS20 projector. Works brilliantly in my set up especially with the remote controlled lens features for zoom/focus/lens shift (and the variable aperture).

2) 13 1/2 feet.

3) About 10 1/2 feet depending on where one sits on the viewing sofa.

4) Screen: Stewart ST-130 white screen 1.3 gain. Screen size: Variable Image Size. I use 4 way automated masking to alter the screen size and shape as I wish. Screen size can vary from around 100" diagonal (or smaller) 16:9 images to around 135" diagonal 16:9 images. CinemaScope images from around 99" wide to 124" (just over 10 feet wide).

5) That question is one of the reasons I bought the biggest screen that would fit on my wall and went with variable image size. I never have to think about that question, so no regrets. As it happens I really enjoy a wide variety of image sizes. Sometimes the picture at 102" diagonal is so dense and sharp and punchy it has almost a giant plasma vibe that is very exciting. But then a huge 135" image is an entirely different experience and feels almost IMAX-like in a you-are-there vibe. And I like everything in between for various reasons. Either I like variety or I'm just not good at making decisions.
post #8 of 50
nobuyersremorse,

You asked. We gave. Out of curiosity why haven't you contributed?
post #9 of 50
1) Acer H5360
2) 12.5ft
3) 11ft
4) Monoprice Motorized 106 inch 1.0
5) Same size
post #10 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post
nobuyersremorse,

You asked. We gave. Out of curiosity why haven't you contributed?
Amen was thinking the same thing......
post #11 of 50
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nobuyersremorse View Post

I have been reading on this forum for ever and seem to run across the same questions in EVERY thread so may I suggest we start a sticky thread and keep these questions isolated in one thread....

With that:

1) What projector are you using?
2) What is your throw distance?
3) What is your seating distance?
4) What screen: size brand and gain?
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size?

1) Epson 8700ub or JVC-HD250
2) 12' Throw
3) 11' Seating distance
4) 100" or 106" or 110" or 119" Da Lite HP 2.4 gain
5) I am assuming if I get anything other then the largest screen I can squeeze in with my throw distance I will end up wishing I went larger.

I started this thread because I have had trouble deciding which screen size to go with and upon reading literally over a hundred of hours of threads I see the same question asked on almose every page of every thread I read. I feel that this thread could help me and hundreds of others in the future make good decisions.

The main issue I am having is with both projectors if I do the min zoom to get a 119" screen. I worry it will hurt the picture quality and kill the black levels and contrast. I could change around my living room and throw from 16' but then I could loose alot of the brightness. Ultimatly reading what others have and if they feel they made the right decision is much better then typing your seating distance into a calculator that gives a screen size based on the back row of a theatre. Thank you for all of your replies, I think once we get a couple hundred posts on this thread noobs like myself will be able to make decisions based on what the majority currently has or wish they had.
post #12 of 50
1) What projector are you using? JVC RS10

2) What is your throw distance? 20ft

3) What is your seating distance? 11', 18' and 21'

4) What screen: size brand and gain? Dalite electric Cosmopolitan 2.8 Highpower. Constant Image Area setup. 126" diag scope and 116" 16x9 screen area. 40 square feet of viewable screen area for both aspect ratios.

5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Wouldn't change a thing
post #13 of 50
Epson 8350
15' throw
11.5' seating
106" cinetension2 cinegray
Happy with size, would maybe go with a higher end screen if I could. Very happy though with what I have, no complaints.
post #14 of 50
1) What projector are you using? Epson 8500UB
2) What is your throw distance? 16'
3) What is your seating distance? 13'
4) What screen: size brand and gain? Elite 120" 1.1 Gain
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Larger, but I will change out to a new projector this year and may go with a 2:35 screen with masking system
post #15 of 50
1 What projector are you using? Sanyo PLV 1080HD
2) What is your throw distance? 19'
3) What is your seating distance? 12' and 15'
4) What screen: size brand and gain? Elite Silverframe 120" 1.1 gain
5

No bigger, same.
post #16 of 50
Since Sneill asked nicely

1. Epson 8100
2. Throw distance = 14'
3. Seat distance 11' (and eventually a second row at 17')
4. Elite fixed 120" Cinewhite 1.1 gain
5. Feels just right. I would eventually like to go to AT for speaker issues, but would leave size alone for THIS room (12x20)
post #17 of 50
1. Infocus 4805
2. Throw is 16' Ceiling Mount
3. First seating 12', second, 17' on 6" riser
4. Screen is Draper M2500 old version ~2 gain 110"
5. Axiom M80's, HSU subs etc
in the next few weeks this will change to

as of Jan 2011

1. Epson 8350
2. 12'6 throw, Ceiling mount, 12" drop, 7'5" ceilings, 12'3 x 19' room
3. Same seating
4. 110" Dalite High Power 2.4
post #18 of 50
1) What projector are you using?
Dwin Transvision 4

2) What is your throw distance?
12 1/2 feet

3) What is your seating distance?
12 1/2 feet

4) What screen: size brand and gain?
100 inch Draper Cineperm HiDef Grey with 0.8 gain

5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size?
I would buy the same screen model, but I think I would go with the 92 inch. I find movies to be fine on the 100 inch, but I also play a lot of Xbox and I find it a bit to overwhelming at times.
post #19 of 50
1) What projector are you using? PANASONIC 4000
2) What is your throw distance? 12.5 ft
3) What is your seating distance? 12 ft
4) What screen: size brand and gain? 103 or 115 Elite 1.1 2.35:1
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? I'M TORN ON WHAT SIZE I SHOULD GET. IS 115 OVERKILL OR PERFECT. 99% MOVIE WATCHING.

ANY SUGGESTIONS.
post #20 of 50
Here's mine:
1) What projector are you using? - Panasonic ae1000u
2) What is your throw distance? - 12.5 ft
3) What is your seating distance? - 10 ft
4) What screen: size brand and gain? - 106" diagonal, DIY Gray sheet 2.40:1,
curve, DYI lense
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same
size? - 120" dia max
post #21 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by streaker76 View Post

1) 4) What screen: size brand and gain? 103 or 115 Elite 1.1 2.35:1
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? I'M TORN ON WHAT SIZE I SHOULD GET. IS 115 OVERKILL OR PERFECT. 99% MOVIE WATCHING.

ANY SUGGESTIONS.

Never heard anyone who has lived with a screen for awhile say "Gee, I wish I had gone smaller"

115" is not too big at 12', especially in 2.35:1. I run 120" 16:9 at 11' and the kids are complaining it should be bigger. Personally, I think it is perfect.
post #22 of 50
Here's mine:
1) What projector are you using? - Sony VPL-VW60
2) What is your throw distance? ~11.5 feet
3) What is your seating distance? - 8-10 feet
4) What screen: size brand and gain? - 92" DIY(shoppingdeals/ebay) 1.2 gain
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same
size? - same, room limitations.
post #23 of 50
post by mistake.... kindly delete
post #24 of 50
Well, I'm in the midst of my build so this probably won't be particularly helpful to anyone, but here's what I'm planning...

1) What projector are you using? Optoma HD20
2) What is your throw distance? 11'
3) What is your seating distance? 9'
4) What screen: size brand and gain? Currently researching material for DIY AT, planning 117" diagonal 2.39:1
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Can't say yet.

I know this thread is intended to reduce the repeat questions, rather than generate new ones, so apologies in advance if this should go somewhere else.
post #25 of 50
1) What projector are you using? JVC RS20 with Prismasonic 5000 A-lens
2) What is your throw distance? 16 feet
3) What is your seating distance? 10 feet and 17 feet
4) What screen: size brand and gain? 136" Carada 1.4 with Carada Masking System
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Same
post #26 of 50
Recently upgraded to my 3rd pj to a 1080p one, I swapped out my Carada High Contrast Grey surface to Classic Cinema White surface and could not be more pleased!

1) What projector are you using? Sharp Vision XV-Z15000
2) What is your throw distance? 9.5 feet
3) What is your seating distance? 10 feet
4) What screen: size brand and gain? 88" Carada 1.0
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Same
post #27 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by newfmp3 View Post

1. Infocus 4805
2. Throw is 16' Ceiling Mount
3. First seating 12', second, 17' on 6" riser
4. Screen is Draper M2500 old version ~2 gain 110"
5. Axiom M80's, HSU subs etc
in the next few weeks this will change to

as of Jan 2011

1. Epson 8350
2. 12'6 throw, Ceiling mount, 12" drop, 7'5" ceilings, 12'3 x 19' room
3. Same seating
4. 110" Dalite High Power 2.4

How come the sad face? Your not liking that screen? I'm looking to go with an Epson 8350 mounted to the ceiling, with possibly that screen.
post #28 of 50
Thread Starter 
I figured this thread would keep going.....

I currently have my projector and am throwing to some Joann's blackout cloth from sizes ranging from 92" up to 112" 16x9 from my 8 1/2' seating. So far the larger 106"+ is very involving but does show more defects in the film/hd cable and if I spend hours watching on a weekend it does cause eye fatigue. So far I am leaning towards the 92" as I love how sharp the picture is and how much better the contrast is. The only problem so far with this size is with 2.35 movies, it does seem a little small.

I have a jvc rs40
12' throw
8 1/2 seating distance
-screen to come-


Lets keep hearing from everyone. This was one of my biggest dilemas from the beginning and I think this thread could help alot of people in the future!
post #29 of 50
1) What projector are you using? JVC RS20
2) What is your throw distance? 16'
3) What is your seating distance? 12', 18'
4) What screen: size brand, aspect ratio, and gain? Jamestown frame; Seymour A/V CenterStage XD AT material, 1.2 gain; size = 136" wide x 64" high, 2.125 aspect ratio (CIA-ish) - gives me 113.7"x64" (~130" diagonal) 16:9; 136"x58" (~148" diagonal) 2.35:1(
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Just received / assembled it last Friday, but I think its perfect
post #30 of 50
1) What projector are you using? Epson 8500
2) What is your throw distance? around 11'ish
3) What is your seating distance? 11'ish
4) What screen: size brand, aspect ratio, and gain? Elite 110", 16x9, 1
5) If you were buying a new screen would you go bigger, smaller, or same size? Once I have a bigger room I will be changing to a 2:35 screen that should be able to be around the same size for 16x9 movies and games. I am hoping for some great new projectors to come onto the market by then.
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