Originally Posted by jw131313
What screen manufacturers do you think I should research? 130-150' diag is what I was considering too. What is a typical good viewing height for a screen?
I think most people put their screens way too high. You want your eyes about 1/3 to 1/2 up from the bottom of the image. This means that you likely want the image about 1' to 2' from the floor for most comfortable viewing results.
Seated viewer at about 48" eyes to floor, maybe lower if leaning back/reclined. A 133" screen is about 65" tall, so call it at least 21" lower to the bottom of the image, so right about 2' from the floor to the bottom of the image.
This is following best practices.
With an in-ceiling screen in use, and 11' ceilings, with 2' from the floor to the bottom of the image the math is as follows:
132" floor to ceiling height.
24" from floor to bottom of 133" diagonal screen.
65" from bottom of screen to top of screen, making top of screen 89" from the floor.
132" - 89" = 43" of black drop needed from flush mounted screen for image to be at proper height.
For screens, I would reach out to Elite, DaLite, and Draper. Elite may be a fair bit less money on certain models, but perhaps not. They also don't have the same material lineup as someone like DaLite will have.
For the big bucks, it's always worth mentioning Stewart Filmscreen. Stupid expensive, but you know... it's only money.
My favorite may very well be DaLite. But, they aren't exactly cheap either.
Depending on the design of your front wall, you could build a cover for the screen that acts as a shelf in the room, or put the screen into a soffit which could lower overall cost a bit. But, not a ton.