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150" CinemaScope too big for my view

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I was planning to do 120 16:9, but lately I'm switching my dream to a CinemaScope screen. So I came with this conclusion that if I'm watching a 16:9 movie or show, the screen will still be 120. The question is, that I have to seating sofa that I'm planning to use. One is going to be at a 10 feet view and the last row is going to be at a 15 feet view. I can modify my first row to be at 12' feet. Is 150 CinemaScope too close for the first and second row?
post #2 of 16
Not in my opinion biggrin.gif I have a 133" scope screen (with lens) with around the same seating distances - first row @ ~11' and second row ~15-16'. If I did it over again, I'd go bigger, probably close to 150". If you go that size, just consider if your PJ can get enough brightness for your tastes...
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm planning to buy the panasonic 8000u
post #4 of 16
I also have similar seating distances (~10' and 15.5') and a 136" scope (108" 16x9) screen.

I would NOT go any bigger, as the front row is about as big as you can get without having to move your head around. I was very concerned about the size being too big during construction. Going smaller didn't really change the "feel" from the front row, but did make a negative impact from the 2nd (which is my primary row).

So now you have both opinions. biggrin.gif

My recommendation is that if at all possible, test the screen size before deciding - use a sheet or photographer backdrop paper to see how it feels to you. After, of course, sizing the projector, etc. I did that, knowing the PJ would be able to handle the screen sizes I expected - and didn't order the screen until I had the room done with the PJ on-hand to validate the setup.

Jeff
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I think even if I want it, I wont be able. My room size is 11' 6" and thats without the drywall. I'm thinking going with a screen between 136 to 140.
post #6 of 16
is there a formula about the maximum 21:9 screen size and the seat distance?

Thanks
Shepardos
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Shepardos View Post

is there a formula about the maximum 21:9 screen size and the seat distance?

Use the normal forumulas / guidelines based on your 16:9 screen size, since you'll be using that aspect as well - and, well, by definition here, the screen height remains the same for 2.35 content...
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by jautor View Post

My recommendation is that if at all possible, test the screen size before deciding - use a sheet or photographer backdrop paper to see how it feels to you. After, of course, sizing the projector, etc. I did that, knowing the PJ would be able to handle the screen sizes I expected - and didn't order the screen until I had the room done with the PJ on-hand to validate the setup.

I agree. Get the projector set up first.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by jautor View Post

Use the normal forumulas / guidelines based on your 16:9 screen size, since you'll be using that aspect as well - and, well, by definition here, the screen height remains the same for 2.35 content...

except a lot of those specify sizes based on 16:9 screen widths, not screen heights so if you go with those you'll end up with a rather small screen.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by stanger89 View Post

except a lot of those specify sizes based on 16:9 screen widths, not screen heights so if you go with those you'll end up with a rather small screen.

I'd contend that if you get the 16x9 screen size correct, you have your screen height, and therefore the correct 2.35 size... Now, whether that fits between your walls, well, another issue... biggrin.gif
post #11 of 16
Yup, agree, it just wasn't clear that's what you meant biggrin.gif
post #12 of 16
2X-3X screen height will take full advantage of a 1080+A lens projection system and 2.66X-4X SH will give you the comparable pixel density if using the Zoom method with its 800 lines.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Shepardos View Post

is there a formula about the maximum 21:9 screen size and the seat distance?

I found this


As I'm having the same problem regarding screen size and viewing distance in 2.35:1 and 16:9, my idea was to optimize the room for 2.35:1 material.
Since thats the main AR I watch and I prioritize. So I will sit in the second (middle) row.

For 16:9 I will sit in the front row, which should give me a more immersive feeling as I'm used to.

My screen is 120" 16:9 now, so I will size that a little up to 137", which give me around 170" in 2.35:1 with the lens.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by coolrda View Post

2X-3X screen height will take full advantage of a 1080+A lens projection system and 2.66X-4X SH will give you the comparable pixel density if using the Zoom method with its 800 lines.

Agreed. If zooming, you will need to work off the image height of the zoomed 16:9 image, not the screen height. Therefore you will have to sit back a bit further than you would if using an A-Lens. Still enjoyable though.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Detees View Post

My screen is 120" 16:9 now, so I will size that a little up to 137", which give me around 170" in 2.35:1 with the lens.

That's a big screen, make sure your projector will work at the throw distance you have and be bright enough to be acceptable...

Also, what are you seating distances? Highly recommend you test the size out before committing. I'm about 10' at my front row to a 108" (in 1.85) screen, wouldn't go any bigger than that.

Jeff
Edited by jautor - 2/20/13 at 1:16pm
post #16 of 16
I'm 11 ft from a 148 in 2.35:1 high power (RS20 & UH480). I love it but theres pincushioning. My 16x9 image is 120 in. Id also suggest trying before buying.
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