Originally Posted by Greg121986
I'd just like to get some opinions on this setup. I've modeled my townhouse that I'll be moving into at the end of the month. I expect to get an Epson 5050UB. It looks like I can fit 120-135", but a 135" is just way too big. Sweet spot seating position is between 11 and 12 feet depending on how far back the recliner goes. The room is 18' 1" wide, and 12' 8" deep.
I cannot use exact models so I had to improvise. The tall vases are my stereo speakers. The table in the corner is a subwoofer. The purple Eddie Van Halen looking artwork are acoustic panels. The big photo on the wall is an approximation of a 135" screen (118" x 66"). The projector lens is about 16' 5" from the screen. This puts me almost right in the middle of the lens zoom according to online projector calculators. I believe I can put the projector inside a closet that sits behind the seating position by several feet. I can put a shelf in there, or possibly hang it from the built-in closet shelf or ceiling. I think I will use a gray screen. Is anyone using a Silver Ticket or Elite Screens gray screen with the 5050UB? The walls will be white and I do not expect to paint them. Should the gray help this situation? I will put blackout curtains over the windows and there are only 2 windows in this area.
Is there any information on the beam angle of the projector output? I am trying to figure out if the light cone will be too wide such that it may hit the wall if I project from the closet, across the hallway. I am assuming it will be OK but I really have on idea. At this distance, projectorcentral calculator shows 52fL with a 120" 1.0 screen. Is this a lot? I do not like a super bright picture. I had a BenQ HT1075 awhile back and even on low with a 1.1 gain white screen I always thought it was way too bright and it often made my eyes hurt. I'm hoping a gray screen will be less of an eye strain for me but I'm not sure how to quantify the measurement of 52fL. I spend a lot of time in the dark when watching TV/movies whether it's with a TV or projector.
Any thoughts on this setup are appreciated. Can anyone see a better way to position the seating?
To check if beam angle is a problem, here is the lens shift specification:
Vertical: ±96.3(H center, powered)
Horizontal: ±47.1(V center, powered)
This unit is fairly large, so make sure there is enough space in the closet:
Including feet: 20.5" x 17.7" x 7.6" (W x D x H)
The 5050UB has good blacks/shadow detail (contrast), so putting it in a room with white walls will negate that.
The cheaper version of this projector, the 4010HC could work, it has worse contrast and a 10GB HDMI chip, so no 4K HDR 60Hz.
As it's been suggested on this tread, paint or fabric is highly recommended. In your case the ceiling is closest to the screen, so that would be the priority.
On the floor a dark colored carpet would do, and retractable fabric curtains just on each side of the screen.
The BenQ HT1075 and 5050UB have about the same lumens on ECO.
ND filters are an alternative to reduce brightness.
Can't speak for the Silver Ticket, but I had a Elite Cinegrey 1.0 gain (matte grey) screen with a similar Benq PJ (106" screen, at x1.5 throw range, ~500h lamp time). It had better black details than a white screen (and an Cinegrey 3D ALR screen), but it killed the colors and whites.
Generally, a grey screen will do just that, absorb light and darken the picture in the process. I have seen pictures with grey screens/paints that have good color reproduction though.
A too dark grey screen could diminish HDR, since HDR requires bright highlights.
This type of screen will also help with reflections from walls, but only in a limited way since it's just absorbing light and not reflecting it back. For that, an ALR screen could be the answer, but they are expensive and depending on the model and setup, they could have downsides in terms of picture quality. Many ALR's have a positive gain, but there are some with a negative gain as well.
I can't tell what's on the wall/part of of the room to the left of the current seating arrangement, but that could be used instead. Ceiling installation would be required in that case.