This my first home theater build. I just got my Epson 5050ub and have set it up temporarily on the back bar. It will be ceiling mounted at 20 feet with a Chief 4500. If I go the screen route, I'd really like it to be a Dark Energy Screens model
as it seems like it would be great bang for my buck considering my ambient light. But I think their sizing is limited.
: Epson 5050ub
Distance to Wall
: ~20 ft (ceiling mount)
: 99" usable
: ~ 10 ft
My wife and I have been testing out different formats and screen sizes to figure out what we like best. For TV, a 120" 16:9 screen is about perfect for us and I wouldn't want to go too much smaller for TV viewing. For movies, I REALLY like getting a large image somewhere between 140-150" Scope would be great (140" would be perfect). My wife prefers the movies a little smaller, but shes ok going up to the 150" Scope viewing.
Movies = 150" Diagonal 2.35:1
TV = 120" Diagonal 16:9
Movies = 113" Diagonal 2:35:1 on a 120" 16:9
TV = 120" Diagonal 16:9
Option 1: Painted Wall
Pros: No need to choose format. Avoids problems with Imax movies.
Cons: Not as good ALR compared to Dark Energy Screens. My wife thinks it's not as aesthetic.
Option 2: 150" 2.35:1 Screen
Pros: This allows for the largest possible movie format AND our preferred 120" 16:9 TV format.
Cons: Masking needed for best 16:9 experience. Slightly larger than preferred for movies. Not available in this size from DES?
Option 3: 120" 16:9 Screen
Pros: Easiest option. Available premade from DES. Perfect size for TV.
Cons: Feels limiting for scope movies.
Option 4: 150-160" 16:9 Screen
Pros: Maximum use of space.
Cons: Seems too big for TV. Not available from DES?
Option 5: Custom Dimensions
Pros: As wide as I want it for scope but with some additional height for Imax ratio. Will get a bigger 16:9 image out of the area.
Cons: Black bars on all image ratios. Probably not possible with DES. More complicated masking.
120" 16:9 Screen
This size seems perfect to us for TV shows. I don't want to go too much smaller than this for TV
(This would be the size if projected on 120" 16:9 Screen)
This is the preferred size of a scope movie for my wife (although she doesn't care THAT much), which is also the same size the movie would appear if we had a 120" 16:9 screen. So this option would definitely be the most convenient and probably cheapest.
145" 2.35:1 Screen
This is what a 145" scope screen would look like. I think the optimal scope screen for my eyes would be about 140" diagonal, but up to 150" would be good too. And a 150" scope would contain a 120" 16:9 screen. All I'd have to do is work up a masking system to make it look just as good as a native 120" 16:9.
157" 16:9 Screen
This seems way too large for watching TV shows (though I haven't tried football yet), but it would make MAXIMUM use of the real estate on the wall. This size 16:9 screen would allow for a 145" Scope screen.