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 mbeutler1203 04-16-2019 05:14 PM

Viewing Distance for New Home Construction

Good evening. Quick question as I am starting to plan out a new home build. For a 160" diagonal screen with a 4K projector what is the minimum, ideal & maximum seating locations? Need to start working on the general room dimension sizes. Planning for a 8 seat (2 rows of 4) home theater in our basement.

 bud16415 04-17-2019 07:17 AM

Conventional seating distance for a CIH (constant image height) 2.35:1 screen, or a CIH+IMAX 1.77:1 or 16:9 screen.

For CIH people tend to like seating between 2 and 3 times the height of the 2.35:1 area of the screen.

So in your case a 160” 16:9 screen would measure 78x139 and the CIH area of that screen would be 152” 2.35:1 screen or 59x139.

2 x 59 = 118/12 = 9.8’
3 x 59 = 177/12 = 14.75’

So roughly 10 to 15 foot is the range I would estimate would work. Then when you watch an IMAX movie like Dunkirk or Aquaman or any of the new IMAX Enhanced movies you would be at proper IMAX immersion as well.

My personal preference with 4k resolution and UHD BD media would be the closer distance. I know this immersion level seems a bit close to someone going from TV to FP, but most people within a few months of getting used to projection start liking more immersion. Also if you have two rows and you go for a fairly immersive front row the second row wont be immersive enough but it will work. If you pick something like 3.5X screen height for your front row the second row will be way under whelming.
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