Originally Posted by bix26
At that distance your really losing the benefit projector witch is a large immersive screen. At the same time your taking on all the disadvantages of a projector witch is low contrast, low brightness and low sharpness compared to an even lower-midrange tv. Why not just get an 85” tv and move your seating a little closer or add bigger screen?
I'm only 15.5 feet away. If I downgraded to an 85" panel (74 inches wide), then I would need to sit 12 feet away to get the same field of view. So I have to put the couch closer
than 12 feet for a larger field of view. That doesn't work with my room's layout.
The screen is fixed where it is (comes down out of the ceiling), the couch is where it is (against the back wall; happy wife position), the projector mount is fixed (connected to the ceiling against the back wall's tapestry for multi-bounce sound absorbing reasons), we have two couches in an L-shape (back wall and side wall), and the screen has 1-foot of clearance on each side and is maximized for the room. So the projector is the variable.
All of my previous projectors have been fine with these dimensions (i.e. their zoom lenses were able to accommodate). And the current crop of leading candidates that I am considering are fine with my room configuration (UHZ65, HT9060, LK990, VL7860, etc.). So it is this ViewSonic that seems to be the odd man out.
I agree with Cruiser54's on-paper
assessment. And I was really liking this ViewSonic LS700-4K projector until I got tripped up with the limited throw range. 1.13 to 1.47 seems quite limiting. The LS700-4K really is a short-throw projector.
Thanks for the feedback.