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I just bought a Mitsubishi HC7900DW, and knwoing this when I made the purchase, I will have an installation issue with 3 possible solutions (angle the projector slightly without having to use keystone, put the screen 1 foot closer to the couch, or have the couch 1 foot off center from the screen).

I was planning on sitting 8 feet away from a 106" screen which is already close, but one possible solution to my installation issue would be to end up sitting 7 feet away from the screen, if that's not too close then it's the most ideal solution to my problem.

So, is sitting 7 feet away from a 106" screen too close?

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I just tried watching my 6' screen from 4' away to make a worst case scenario and I actually find it more enjoyable and immersive. That's a 0.66 ratio, my original plan of 8 feet from a 106" screen is about a 0.88 ratio while sitting 7 feet from it would be about a 0.77 ratio.

Since I found watching at a ratio of 0.66 for a few minutes more enjoyable than my usual ratio of about 1, would a 0.77 ratio on my new 106" be a problem?

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It's all up to you on what you like. I'm 11' from my 106" and that's as close I'm going to sit.

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I just bought a Mitsubishi HC7900DW, and knwoing this when I made the purchase, I will have an installation issue with 3 possible solutions (angle the projector slightly without having to use keystone, put the screen 1 foot closer to the couch, or have the couch 1 foot off center from the screen).

I was planning on sitting 8 feet away from a 106" screen which is already close, but one possible solution to my installation issue would be to end up sitting 7 feet away from the screen, if that's not too close then it's the most ideal solution to my problem.

So, is sitting 7 feet away from a 106" screen too close?

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7' is awfully close but not a whole lot different than 8'. Like 12".............wink.gif

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I sit 10 feet from a 120" screen and have no issues with eye strain or darting.
Also keep in mind that if you're getting a 16:9 screen, most movies are 2.39:1 in which your screen will have black bars on top/bottom and reduces your viewing area/screen size.

You could project a 106" picture before buying the screen to see if it's to big for your taste.

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It is personal, BUT when you hit your forehead on the screen you are a bit too close, however at that distance it is very immersive, LOL.

Personally I sit about 8 - 9 feet from a 120" screen and it is great.

I found the best distance was when you could only just see the edge of the screen in the outer side of your eye, in other words the edges of the screen are just a little inside the limit of your visual field. You have to turn your eyes to 'focus' on action on the outer edge of the screen. BUT at the end of the day it is what you are happy and comfortable with that is 'right'.
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Yesterday I sat at an even closer ratio than 7' from a 106" screen (I sat 4' away from my 82" screen) and didn't find it to be a problem other than the screen being high enough for me to have to keep my head tilted up (from my normal distance the height isn't a problem at all), but in my next setup the screen will be quite a bit lower so that won't be an issue.

The screen is already bought because I have many solutions available, I also noticed by repositioning things in the room I can end up moving the couch further back by up to several feet if I find 7' too close which so far I don't think it will be.

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It is personal preference. SMPTE recommends that three screen heights away (for scope) is reference. I agree with this and that is my preference. 106" from 7 feet away is way to close as far as I am concerned. It may be fun at first and on occasion but such a viewing environment is just not for me.
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is sitting 7 feet away from a 106" screen too close?
That's too close. Field of view of 57.6 degree. This has exceeded 20th Century Fox recommendation of 45 degree and THX's 50 degree (for cinemascope movies).
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I once read that George Lucas said if you stretch your arm out in front of you and can't make more than two "hang loose" signs across the screen, you're good.
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It's a personal choice since what is good for you may not be good for me. I like to sit about 3/4 of the way back in a movie theater, so I probably would prefer something a little further away. I am 16 ft from my 118" diagonal screen.

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I love the immersiveness of an Imax type screen. It feels like you are in the movie. I like sitting at a 1 to 1 ratio. My screen is 100 inches diagonal. I sit 100 inches away.
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I sit 9 feet away of my 2:35 screen which is 10 feet wide I like to be inside wink.gif
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I'm the thread starter and I finally have my projector and screen setup, by repositioning things I was able to make it so I'm 9 feet away from my 106" screen and if anything I'd want to be closer but it's good like this. I use the same PC for my home office and home theater (I also have a regular LCD screen connected, 2 keyboards, 2 mice) and when I'm on the projector I often switch back to Windows to check my emails and stuff like that and I want the small text to be readable from my sitting distance.

I'm surprised at how far away some of you sit, isn't it like just being closer to a small TV? Why make a huge screen to sit so far away from it? Maybe I have a wider than average viewing angle or something.

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I'm surprised at how far away some of you sit, isn't it like just being closer to a small TV? Why make a huge screen to sit so far away from it? Maybe I have a wider than average viewing angle or something.

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Possibly they are trying to recreate their theater going experiences as they remember them. Sitting in the back fondling a girlfriend, LOL. Old memories die hard. Me, I'm with you. Why sit well back so that it is like looking at a TV screen? I like immersive as well, especially when viewing 3D, I still duck and dodge bits flying out of the screen.

Great to hear you have your projector and you are happy with your set up. What it is all about is YOU being happy not what others do or think. Enjoy!
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Well, I don't know who "some" are and what percentage they represent but you have to understand that some are in very larger rooms where some seating will be considerably closer than others...regardless, I would bet next to none of them are comparable to watching a typical ~50" television.

I'm 10-11 feet from a 100" screen and most seem to think it works real well.

Honestly- unless you're going to be the only one watching the screen I think singled-minded opinions are a bit pointless...and, well, single-minded.

Put it this way:

If I put a comfy chair 6-7 feet from my screen and marched 100 people in one by one, sat them down there, and then said they could move if they wanted to, I'm confident I'd have at least 90 couch-jockeys within 20 mins.

I don't think the THX 35ish spec is an accident- anything much beyond 35-40 is simply uncomfortable for the vast majority for hours at a time.

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If your nose touch the screen you are too close smile.gif

Did you actually read the previous posts?? See my post, it's #6

'It is personal, BUT when you hit your forehead on the screen you are a bit too close, however at that distance it is very immersive, LOL.'
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