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JVC NX5 or Sony 295 or Epson

Wanting some recommendations for my home theater. I was really looking into NX5 and almost ready to buy, but just wanting to know if it is overkill to buy a projector like this for 100” to 110” screen. Room is 13 feet in length and 14 feet wide. It would be a dedicated theater room with minimal light coming in. All the walls are also painted black including ceiling. Also can’t decide if to go with 16:9 or 2:35:1 screen. Ceiling is 9 feet high. Any help or recommendations are appreciated. Thanks
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This is not the appropriate section of the forum for this topic, try the projector discussion section and perhaps theater construction section. Be aware that there will be image size constraints depending how far from the screen you can mount the projector.

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I would think overkill for a room that is 13 feet in length and 14 feet wide. Why not a 86" LED TV?

My HT room is 18' Screen wall X 23' and I have a Sony 4K projector mounted at about the 18'ish mark of the room and my screen is 120". My single row of seats are about 3' forward of the projector. I see your setup being seats at the far back wall for 110" screen with projector above seats.

Doable? Yes but measure all this out before dropping that much coin.

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Wanting some recommendations for my home theater. I was really looking into NX5 and almost ready to buy, but just wanting to know if it is overkill to buy a projector like this for 100” to 110” screen. Room is 13 feet in length and 14 feet wide. It would be a dedicated theater room with minimal light coming in. All the walls are also painted black including ceiling. Also can’t decide if to go with 16:9 or 2:35:1 screen. Ceiling is 9 feet high. Any help or recommendations are appreciated. Thanks
The NX5 will have a better PQ.

Don't choose a screen size until you've used the projector on the wall for a while.

The NX5 plus cables at the back will take ~2'/24". This only leaves ~11', which would result in a screen of up to ~110" diagonal in 16:9 format.

With this screen size it's not worth getting a 2.35:1 screen, unless the main tye of content will be Cinenemascope movies and you're ok with the 16:9 image being 83.2".
The alternative is a 16:9 screen and using masking panels (which can be automated.) for 2.35:1 video.

Get a white screen.
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The NX5 will have a better PQ.

Don't choose a screen size until you've used the projector on the wall for a while.

The NX5 plus cables at the back will take ~2'/24". This only leaves ~11', which would result in a screen of up to ~110" diagonal in 16:9 format.

With this screen size it's not worth getting a 2.35:1 screen, unless the main tye of content will be Cinenemascope movies and you're ok with the 16:9 image being 83.2".
The alternative is a 16:9 screen and using masking panels (which can be automated.) for 2.35:1 video.

Get a white screen.
At around 11' using the full 17:9 panel (which you should for wider AR screens) you ought to be able to squeeze in a 115" diagonal 2.35:1 screen which would give you a roughly 92" 16:9 display.

With that 45" screen height you would probably want to sit around 9' from the screen.

Agree that the white screen and NX5 are the best choices here.
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Another option, everything is a bit of personal preference here, so not really an absolute wrong or right answer. I have had a lot of different varying aspect screen setups in a lot of different rooms over the years.

For 16:9 - 2:1 aspect ratios, what I would do is install a custom size 16:9 or 17:9 screen at the largest that will fit at your throw distance. Some screen makers will make one at a custom size, or make the frame yourself and get some material for it. You can now use the JVC masking function and/or scaling to clip 2:1 shows (like streaming) and use the scaling function for 16:9 to 17:9, so now you've got 2 aspect ratios covered (well techncially 3+) without having to get out of your chair. You can also still use masking panels for the 17:9 screen to go smaller down to the 2:1 like if watching something you don't want to clip or rescale, but at least you have the "instant switching" option available.

For the 2.35 - 2.40 aspect, I would buy a dropdown electric that drops over the fixed frame.

Now you have all of the aspects covered pretty much without ever really needing to use masking panels, and without ever having to get out of your chair. You will also now have 3+ optional methods of handling the 2:1 content (watch on electric by watching higher but slightly smaller image, clip or scale to 17:9 screen fixed frame screen, or get out of your chair and use magnetic masking panels).

This still lets you watch things 100% native if you decide you want to use manual masking at times. So it leaves all options open. This would be my preference short of motorized masking. The issue with masking is that it is expensive if buying pre-fab motorized systems or screen, and complex and bulky if doing DIY motorized, and labor intensive if doing too much manual masking.

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