I’m having him come over tonight to review and change things upFrom 12’ and 18’ seating distance I would want a 180” 2.35:1 screen doing constant image height presentation.
I think if your HT guy is recommending anything smaller than 150 16:9 screen you need to find a new HT guy. 106” is way to small IMO.
That theater is insane. Must have cost a fortune! The motorized masking sounds awesome but probably comes with a heavy price tag.Heh! Big! 150" 16:9 at 12' is a 50° viewing angle. I've got about 40° and it's pretty big. The 106" at 12' is 36° which is the thx standard. This is where seeing different installations or putting up a sheet or projecting onto a wall to get an idea of size is very useful. You may find 36° too small, you may find 50° to big or even to small still you may want imax 60°.
See this theater https://www.avsforum.com/ht-of-the-month-the-hahn-theater/?amp
It has a 4 way motorized masking and automated zoom functions for a smaller image for certain content and a huge image for others.
Thank you for the info, very informative. Projector it is! I guess I can dedicate the entire thing to home theater status and use the family room for more causal ambiant light viewing. I’d like to keep the entire project, including install under 25k.With two rows at that distance you can forget the TV. Even the biggest TV currently available would not be cinematic from 18'. Really, a 106" image would be undersized for 12' and 18' viewing distances.
Viewing video projection in the dark is generally referred to as home theater while viewing in ambient light is generally referred to as home video or home entertainment. Most dedicated home theaters are optimized for viewing in the dark while most viewing in ambient light is done in family rooms or living rooms similar to TV viewing. You are just in a unique position of wanting a dedicated home theater with ambient light and are going to need special consideration for your setup.
Other than the $10k you mentioned in the other thread being willing to spend on a projector I haven't seen any further mention of budget. Realistically speaking, what's your total budget for projector, screen, sound system, seating, installation, etc.?
Thanks for the linkhttp://www.acousticfrontiers.com/2013314viewing-angles/
This is a good viewing angle/field of view resource, showing the different standards.
Depending on where you personally sit in a theater, I think a good rule of thumb is to target 45deg for the prime row.