Originally Posted by WOLVERNOLE
This is a really silly, short-sighted comment. C'mon ! So anyone with an interest in a REAL "dedicated home theater" is gonna be "satisfied" with a 95" "screen?" Ummm, NO !
I have a 108" screen (essentially 9') and that is about as small a screen as most home theater enthusiasts would really want to consider after going through significant steps to a nice room.
I agree with a portion of your premise in that yes, a 96" (8' wide) panel could be very, very pleasant & enjoyable. We sat and watched a movie on our friend's 85" SONY 950G two nights ago...very pleasant and nice "presentation" no doubt ! But once one "goes big...you just do not want to go back."
And getting a stiff "panel" of a door would be limiting (especially the HEIGHT)...
So...NO!!, projectors are NOT going anywhere. People WANT 108", 120", 144". They (we) are not in the 95% granted, but there are a sizable number of BIG screen people.
Good counterpoints, and I agree that once you get beyond 8ft wide, a rigid single panel would be an issue re: moving into a home/room/basement.
However, all bets are off once segmented displays become affordable- you could buy many smaller segments and assemble whatever size that fits in your home.
But I think panels up to the size of sheetrock or plywood at Home Depot (8'x4') would be feasible and sellable, same as they sell those items- stacked in the store like plywood/OSB sheets. They got the sheetrock down into my basement just fine
But I want to go 10' or 12' wide sometime in the next year or 2, and some guys are doing 12' to 16' wide screens already with the Sony 4K laser 5000 lumen cannons of the world.
Only issue is Dolby Vision/HDR10+ support on (affordable) projectors. Might be doable with sensors built on on the pj to measure/calibrate screen brightness or other methods, plus best in class tone mapping/dynamic gamma/contrast