Originally Posted by descalabro
I will try to get one the same size I already have, since I’ve got no more space for a bigger one anyway, and the JVC X7 that I recently bought isn’t bright enough for larger screens. Look, I enjoy large screens but I feel that from a certain size and up it’s mostly a matter of taste. 107” from 8,5’ distance is large enough for me. And I don’t buy this “seating closer or going bigger because the projector is 4K and you can better enjoy detail” argument. That’s just not the way I watch a movie, and certainly isn’t the way most directors think when they make a movie. I f it’s detail they want, they’ll use an extreme close-up shot. The first time I sat in front a large 1080p TV I felt strangely nauseated and tired looking at all the facial skin detail of actors. And nowadays, when so much of movies is CGI, I really don’t want that much detail in most situations. For example, CGI smoke, fog and water look clearly fake most of the times, and a huge 4K image doesn’t help in this regard. That’s not the kind of movies I most enjoy, anyway, except for sci-fi (by the way, no, Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t sci-fi), and even for sci-fi I feel that 1080p on a 100” is plenty. The same goes for the HDR and color space discussions: sure, it’s good that projectors are getting closer and closer to becoming technically accurate professional image devices, but most of those discussions are measurements and numbers, and again, that’s just not why not how I see movies. All I need is a well balanced image and a basic surround system, my perception will do the rest. Sorry for the long post, it just seems to me that this screen size question depends mostly on what you really enjoy.
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I want to strongly agree with your post. There was a time in the early days of FP with 480 and even 720 resolution people selected immersion with an eye on what point will it be as big as I like but not get to a point the resolution was a negative on PQ. With 1080p an awful lot of people had a resolution that supported a totally good enough PQ for as immersive viewing as they would ever like. That doesn’t mean 4k wont produce an improvement in PQ over 1080p just that they will never want to sit closer just because they can. Sure there are people that 1080p limited but IMO they are not the vast number of people.
It is hard to say as with time and ever improving resolution I slowly liked greater immersion, but I have found the content and the cinematography play more of a roll than the resolution. As an example movies intended to play in both scope theaters and IMAX venues when I watch the IMAX version I can tolerate and even enjoy that level of immersion I could never stand with a 1.85 flat movie 4k or not.
I have most of the original 1.44 IMAX science and nature movies I bought years ago on crummy DVD format. We thought it was great at the time. we used to watch them with a XGA projector as immersive as we could stand based on the resolution and the upscale. I even watched them beyond the resolution sometimes well into pixel peeking range because the cinematography allowed it. It was fun. I wish they made BD versions of them still in that AR but they are now cropped to 16:9 even the newly mastered UHD BDs.
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. My screen at 8’ seating distance like yours max out at 110”. Perfect for scope and the new IMAX movies and zoomed to 90” is great for flat movies and much of TV 80” or less. They are by no means small at that distance.
Based on all this my 4k desire is not so strong to upgrade. Sure I will with the next projector. I still buy BD not buying DVD any longer. BD is really good enough actually more than good enough for me still.