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Maximum screen size for my new home theatre

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Dear All,

I have a dedicated home theatre room with 19 feet long, 14 feet wide (where the screen could be placed) and 9 feet roof height. I would like to have the biggest possible screen size on a 16:9 aspect ratio. I am planning to buy an Epson TW6100 projector along with the Curved Elite Screen to go with it. I might do an acoustic treatment at a later stage for a better sound with some better speakers (for the moment i just have a 5.1 LG surround system). I would love to have a 11.2 surround system (with Speakers from Golderear technologies). I would like to here advise/ Opinion on both the screen size as well as the surround system or both. Thanks in advance. Love you guys as you guys are very helpful.

Best Regards,
John
post #2 of 13
It kind of depends on the room, seating distance, and personal preference. The larger the screen, the higher the light output needs to be to compensate for the size. Also, think about where the speakers needs to be for optimal sound. Acoustically transparent screens are a two-edge sword... you can go larger as you can put the speakers behind the screen, but they also reduce the effective light output (or the actual gain to be correct) of the screen.

Also, a very large screen with a mediocre sound system tend to be quite dissatisfying... LG are not known for their sound systems.... 11.2 will be quite expensive, and for most people not necessary. I would recommend getting a good, high quality 5.1 set up and splurge a bit on a receiver capable of 11.2 (mind you most won't have 11 channels of amplification, but as long as you have the pre-out for the additional channels, you'll be fine), then add speakers (and amplification) as finances allows.

Acoustic treatment shouldn't be seen as an afterthought... it can make a decent system sound amazing and without it, it can make a great system sound mediocre... There's plenty of DIY options, but start off with a few heavy rugs, some heavy drapers, etc. and you have at least a good start.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Dear Audiojan,

Thanks for your advice. Do you think i could start with a 7.1 AV receiver and later on add an additional receiver to have my complete 11.2 surround. At the moment i am just planning to spend on the Projector (Epson TW6100), screen (Elite Screens) and a receiver (Marantz NR1604) and later on add the speakers as and when i have enough budget for it. I would prefer to have good speakers at a later stage like the Triton 2 from Goldenear technologies (They sound amazing for that price point) along with the other surround and ceiling speakers from the same company. Thanks in advance.
post #4 of 13
No, to get 11.2, you will need to have a receiver capable of encoding and outputting 11.2. Basically, either you need to have a receiver with 11 channels of amplification (that can be used as the same time, make sure you check that, it's not 11 channels of binding posts, so looking at the back and counting won't give you the answer), or you need to have a receiver with pre-amp outputs for additional channels (which in many ways makes more sense budget wise... that way you do split up the cost over time a bit). You can't add additional receivers to get 11 channels...

The TW6100 (or 3020 here in US) is a very good budget projector and a great starting point for a HT. Personally, I like Elite screens, good balance between price and performance. The Marantz receiver will sound good, but you are limited to 7.1 (and that's not necessarily bad... you really need to have enough room to even use the extra 2 channels from a 5.1... and native is pretty much always 5.1 with everything else extracted...). I bet those speakers do sound good, start off with your front 3, then add a subwoofer, then add surrounds, than add back surrounds (if you even need them...).

Ceiling speakers are a bit of a compromise though, same thing goes for inwall. Mind you, they not going to sounds bad per se, but commonly they do get outperformed by free standing speakers.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by John Rabi View Post

I am planning to buy an Epson TW6100 projector along with the Curved Elite Screen to go with it.

I would suggest going with a flat screen instead of the curve (which for your setup I don't think really provides any benefit) and reallocating that money towards something else... Stretching up to the next Epson projector with that savings would be an excellent trade...
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I might do an acoustic treatment at a later stage for a better sound with some better speakers (for the moment i just have a 5.1 LG surround system). I would love to have a 11.2 surround system (with Speakers from Golderear technologies). I would like to here advise/ Opinion on both the screen size as well as the surround system or both. Thanks in advance. Love you guys as you guys are very helpful.

Screen size is a function of your seating distance - figure that out and you'll get a range of screen sizes. You should test your setup before ordering the screen - project onto a paper backdrop, white sheet or wall and test it. While we usually think "bigger is better", you can go too big - best to check your preference before pulling the trigger.

Audiojan gave you a lot of good advice on the audio front - I'd second the move to 5.1 or 7.1 and put the money towards speakers (quality over quantity).

Jeff
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Dear Jeff,
Thanks for the message. I would start with a good speaker for a 5.1 and later a 7.1 surround system. I was planning to buy an Epson TW6100 and now i am thinking to have the Epson TW8100. Any advice on the projector option as my budget is maximum of $3000-$3500. Converted to Indian Currency. Thanks in advance.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Dear Audiojan,
Thanks for the advise. It helped me a lot on my understanding.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys,
After doing lot of research, I have decided to buy a PT AE8000 projector for my dedicated home theatre room which is 19 feet long X 14 feet wide and 9 feet high. The room is fairly dark with a window on one side, which is closed with the wooden blinds. I am planning to buy an AirBright 5D screen from Elite Screens which is a 1.8 gain material, since i watch lot of 3d content as well. I am bit confused in choosing the size of the screen. I would like to have a very big screen maybe a 150 inches diagonal screen with a 16:9 Aspect ratio. Need advice if i could have a big screen of 150 Inches diagonal for my room size and yet have a bright image with PT AE8000 or should i go for a 135 inches diagonal screen instead. Should i go for a smaller screen than a big one.
Thanks in advance,
John
post #9 of 13
I would highly recommend testing the image on photographer backdrop paper or a white sheet before committing to a screen that large. Especially with 3D you're going to want adequate brightness.

Also, what's your seating distance? That's what will determine the correct range of screen sizes. Do you have two rows of seating? Sight lines and speaker placement will also be a factor, as a large screen also pushes the speakers lower and to the sides - you'd like to keep them out of the corners and the center off the floor!

Jeff
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Dear Jeff,

I am planning to have just 1 row of seating (4 Seats) which would be at a distance of about 14-15 feet from the screen.

John
post #11 of 13
You should test it... 120-130" would be plenty big from 14-15'. My "prime" seating is 15.5' from 108" (16x9). From that distance it could be a bit bigger and be fine... Much larger though and I'd be concerned about image brightness and speaker placement...
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Dear Jeff,
Thanks for the advice. Will buy the projector and test it on a white wall and then make a decision on the size of the screen. Any advice on the Elite Screens AIrBright 5D??? I haven't read any review from the users, other than the manufacturer themselves as it seems to be a new product. Hope someone could give an idea, if this would fit my requirement. The main reason i am considering this screen is because of its bright image for 3D.
John
post #13 of 13
You should take a look and ask in the "Screens" forum...
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