Optimal size screen for my projector?

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  1. natalia86

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    Hi guys [​IMG]
    Total newbie here new to the world of home cinema.
    I recently purchased the Epson EH-TW8100 (or Epson 5020UB I believe?)

    My approximate projection distance from seating area to where I'd position the screen is 391cm (12ft 9" approx)

    I know the projector at that sort of distance can go to 130", and not knowing much about this I imagine it's not really advisable to zoom to max? So I thought perhaps bring it down to 120". But then I'm reading articles on google and apparently people make the common mistake of going too big with projector screens.

    Is 120" screen advisable for this size room? Or should I perhaps bring it down to 110" / 100"

    I'd like as big a screen as possible really while still ensuring optimal quality and comfort.

    Thanks so much!
     
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    Anywhere from 1.1 to 1.5 times the screen width.

    That works out to...160(at the 1.1) to 120(at the 1.5)

    Both are "rounded to the closest size you can buy".
     
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    For that seating distance i'd go 120 inches, i sit around 8.5 feet from a 104 inch screen.
     
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    Since you already have the projector one solution is to use a large sheet or go to a fabric store and buy some inexpensive blackout white cloth in your largest potential screen size and pin it in place on the wall. Watch for a week or so at various screen sizes noting the changes in size, perceived contrast and brightness. See what combo you like and then purchase the screen size that best meets your needs.
     
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    Greetings

    just remember that the larger you go in size, the more often the bulb will need to be changed ...

    The image will become noticably dimmer at a faster rate on a 130" screen than a 106" screen. I have some clients that go the extreme end with a 2.35 perforated screen. On those set ups, a 2000 hour rated bulb needs to be swapped out at 800-1000 hours of use. The combination just bleeds too much light ...

    regards
     

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