Screen Size and Aspect Ratio - Dedicated Room
I've been slowly finishing my basement and building out my dedicated HT room and it's finally coming to an end. I originally had my eyes set on either a 77" OLED or a 86" 4k TV, but my interest has sparked on projectors. I pre-wired the room for both options luckily! As far as light control, it's in the basement, cement walls on 3 sides, and can be completely light controlled. The trick is, I've had some interesting eye surgeries to improve my vision, and they've left me with some tricky issues where my vision degrades (alot, especially in my right eye) when there is a heavy bright/dark contrast, so I usually watch movies with some lighting on to keep my eyesight from going crazy. Anywho, I've attached pics of the room as it currently stands. The lights in the drop down are on a dimmer and are controlled separately from the main ceiling lights. I'm hoping that keeping them on and somewhat dim will keep the picture from washing out and my eyes in check!
Room details... 11x17, 8ft ceilings. 2 rows of seats. Projector would be approx 15' from the screen. 7.2.4 setup (JBL 590's, 520c, PSA XV15's up front) with the front setup being L, Sub1, C, Sub2, R, so L&R will be directly under the drop down ceiling. You guys probably can't read the writing on the green tape, but the bottom 2 are the TV stand height, and then the center channel height. That leaves me with 100" between the drop downs and 61" from ceiling to the top of my center channel. My question is... do I just get the widest screen available to fit that space? The room will be 99% for movies, so a cinema-scope ratio screen would be the best and most likely most used, but my head says to just get the biggest screen (ie 16x9) to fit that space and just have extra white at the top and bottom if watching movies, and then I'd have the option for a larger 16x9 if I was to play a game or something. Orrrrr is that annoying (having visible white space the majority of the time) and in turn better to run a cinema-scope screen and sacrifice some screen size when viewing in 16x9?
I've found a few 110" 16x9 screens that will fit the space, and I believe like a 103-104" cinema-scope screen, all depending on frame thickness, etc. Main Listening Position on the front row of seats is approx 10ft. I'm also having a hard time seeing what makes some of the more $$$ screens worth their extra cost, so please change my mind if necessary. I'm not fixed to a tight budget, but I do like to be budget conscious. $500 seems like a good price for a higher end screen, but that definitely isn't the case. I only want to buy this once!
Projector wise, I'm still somewhat stuck on Epson or JVC (or possibly BenQ), but I'm learning! As I said before, I've always been a TV person, as they do great with the lights on, but the sheer size difference is intriguing, haha. I just hope I don't miss the clarity a TV can provide. Also, as a side not, I haven't been around a home projection setup for years, so I'm sure they have came leaps and bounds from what is (negative) stuck in my head. Thanks!
Last edited by tehknics; 04-10-2019 at 04:41 PM.