Hey, everyone. Periodic lurker from time to time, but this is my first post. I'm in the process of making all the purchases for my dedicated 16 x 26 movie room. Need help on projector selection. I've read a ton of threads, articles, reviews over the last week, but value your input on my specific setup.
Room is 26ft deep by 16ft wide x 9ft high. Room is completely light controlled with a very dark gray on ceiling/walls (Sherwin Williams Peppercorn). 7.2.4 setup with two rows of seating (not placed yet). Probably going somewhere around 18/19ft throw distance. Likely going with Silver Ticket 158" 2.35 woven acoustic screen which is 1.1 gain. Probably 70% movies / 30% regular TV and sports. Not much if any gaming (PCs for that).
Looking in the $3k-$4k street price range. For context, only other projector I've had was a 1080p BenQ HT3050 on a Silver Ticket 120" 1.0 gain screen. For me, family, and friends, it was amazing. (Up until a year ago when we started building a new house, hence the new setup...) So with that I started looking at the BenQ 5550 which led me to the Epson 5050, which looked / read should be better. That lead me to looking at the JVCs.
Right now I think
I'm set on the JCV 790 for the contrast, etc. even though it appears top be about $1k more than the Epson. I'm willing to pay that difference if it really is better. From what I conclude, people make it out to be better in almost every material category, save for maybe input lag and brightness. The NX5 looks to be better (e.g. native 4k and HDR, etc.) minus the step back in contrast. I've seen it online sub $5k, but not sure I trust those stores. If it really is closer to $6k, it drops out of the running. But somewhere around $4,750 I could make that work.
1. Thoughts on the 3 projectors for this setup? I'm leaning on the JVC 790 right now. Your opinion, is it that much better than the Epson 5050? Neither are that new, but I am okay with that. Won't be swapping out for a very long time, so I see the appeal of the native 4k on the NX5. Budget wise I don't think it fits unless there is a really good deal out there somewhere.
2. Related to the above, probably biggest question is brightness. per some calculators, looks like 16:9 content will be ~39fl and zoomed in 2.35 will be ~25fl. But not sure if that the brightest settings, etc. HDR is great, and I would notice it, but the rest of the family would not.
3. Recommended seating distances for the 2 rows? Maybe somewhere between 11-12ft row 1 and 14-16ft row 2? Going to build a riser for 2nd row.
4. Recommended screen height? Haven't researched this one yet, so feel free to tell me to go do my own homework first. Total of almost 4ft of blank wall space to play with on top/bottom. Maybe completely centered? Want enough space above/below for masking when zoomed in for 2.35 content.
And yes, I've read the threads
Just wanting some specific input. Thanks!