I've agonized over THX standards vs SMPTE and realize that ultimately what matters most is what looks best to me. My concern is whether this will likely change over time once I get used to the screen and I hope some of you with more experience will chime in.
Here is a summary of my situation:
The front half of my 27.5 x 14 x 7' high room is being used for the theatre (back will be a card table and small bar for now) and I'm pleasantly surprised with the picture of our Epson 8350 even on a dark taupe/grey painted wall. Our Eyes at the main seating position are 11.5' to 12' from the screen and we are in the process of deciding between a 108" or 100" diagonal 16x9 screen. The side surround speakers are installed and can't be moved from their current position about 12' from the screen on the side walls hence our eyes being 11.5' to 12' from the screen.
With my two hours of experimenting last night, the 108" seems a bit too big for 16x9 and close to just about right for 2.35 content whereas the 100" is ideal for 16x9 and a bit small to "just right" for 2.35 content. I figure I'd get used to the larger screen over time but based on my perception TODAY I'd go with the 100". Our family room set up we've had for a couple years is a 58" Plasma viewed from about 9.5' which I think may be influencing the comfort level with a 100" screen. On the flip side it seems a waste to not go with the larger 108" screen and so many posters here seem to go much larger from the same distance which has me questioning myself.
My specific questions are as follows:
1) Did your first projection screen seem too large to you?
2) Did you get used to it over time?
3) Have any of you regretted going TOO BIG?
The screen will be about $1000 (Elunevision Reference 4K white 1.0 Gain) so I want to make the right choice and the price difference between the 108" and 100" is not a concern.