This is an old thread I started and I thought I would bring it back for some of the new members. What made me think about it is there is now a thread running that is asking if it is just a matter of time till FP is dead?
In that thread there is a lot of suggestion if an 80â€ť flat panel gets down in price as they are doing many or most or some will take a 80â€ť over a 120â€ť say and just sit a bit closer.
made some observations and comments in this thread I think contradict that logic.
I have thought a lot about what point in size of a screen moves our reference into this immersive state. Along with seating distance of course. I know without doubt sitting 1â€™ from an 18â€ť monitor does not give me the feeling of a movie theater experence. And I do know sitting 10â€™ from a 180â€ť image will. When I moved and saw at my new house the biggest screen I could do was 110â€ť, I began to wonder. Now I have a variable zoom setup that allows me a screen size between 60â€ť and 110â€ť at a fixed seating distance. I play with the zoom to match the quality and type of content and I have to say around 100â€ť I start loosing the feeling of cinema even if I move closer as in doing an experiment. 110â€ť is pretty fair at being movie like, but I can see where the effect doesnâ€™t kick in solid till 120â€ť-130â€ť, and as
will attest to 150â€ť is a great number.
I can experiment but Iâ€™m stuck with the room I have and 110â€ť screen size for now. If I could stretch it to 120â€ť I would and move my seating back a foot. With throw lengths that canâ€™t happen with the shorter throw projector I have now unless I go back to my mirror setup. I think my 110â€ť is right on the edge and with knocking out every bit of light I can it works fine as a Cinema like feel.
There are many pluses to a huge flat panel display, I will go out on a limb and say they will have to get to 120â€ť or larger before they can break the depth perception cues needed. Now I donâ€™t know how important that is to the average consumer.
Depth perception is caused by the offset between our eyes. Thatâ€™s why I can look at virtual screen with my phone set in my goggles (viewmaster) and watch a movie and have the experience of looking at a huge theater screen.
Bare eyes IMO there is a difference in the question I asked in the first post.