Originally Posted by JohnnyWilkinson
You articulated in this post so well something I've experienced yet not previously thought about as you described.
I find that I prefer larger screens, regardless of whether I sit further back or not to compensate. I saw a 3, 4 and 5 meter wide screen in quick succession, but I was sitting 3, 4 & 5 meters back respectively. All should have been equally immersive, but the 5 meter one was just something special. At the time I just thought it was through looking at the carpet and seeing how far it actually was to the screen, but you describe it far more succinctly. I guess the carpet (floor) is just one of the many ways our eyes/brain determine how big something actually is - adapting for our perspective.
Subjectively, I found the sense of space - being so far away from something, was so appealing. Hence I'm going to go for as large a screen as I can.
OP - I would therefore recommend the larger size.
Thanks for reading and reading into my post.
When IMAX decided to go more mainstream and invented the new aspect ratio 1.89 as roughly the width of scope in terms of immersion only taller. They started opening new theaters and rebuilding others to the new specs. People had an idea of what IMAX was and IMAX had done a good job branding their 1.43 IMAX product for many years starting in the 1960’s.
People walked into the new IMAX1.89 theaters with a premium ticket price and somehow expected a 80’ tall screen and saw a 40’ tall screen that didn’t look much different than the screen down the street, and they started calling it LieMAX. They didn’t conceder the seating had been moved up closer and the projection and sound improved all they reacted to, was the screen wasn’t IMAX in size.
There is defiantly something to the perception factor surrounding the size and what feelings it brings out in us.
At my old house back in the days when most people thought a 36” CRT TV was huge I built a basement home theater in my old farm house. The ceiling height was 6’4” and I built a 120” 4:3 screen 6’ tall 8’ wide and added a bright XGA business cross over projector. We would play the IMAX DVDs that were encoded as 4:3. I had almost every IMAX nature and science movie they made. The reaction in a bat cave to movies that reached floor to ceiling along with a huge 4.2 sound system was amazing. All things perceived kicked in the low height the black surround, big sound and no tells as to scale once things started and then add in no one had seen anything like it at home. I had more people down there that I didn’t even know as friends were inviting their friends.
Here is a read you might find interesting.