How Big can you go (screen size)?

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  1. ShawnN

    ShawnN Auditioning

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    How big a screen would or should one get in a 9'x 17' room? Is there a formula for that sort of thing?
    Thanks[​IMG]
     
  2. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    THX recommends a 36° viewing angle.

    For example, if you sat 7' away from your screen, to meet Lucas' standards, you'd need around a 60" 16:9 TV.

    HERE is an online calculator that breaks it down into greater detail.
     
  3. Jeff Engel

    Jeff Engel Stunt Coordinator

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    And remeber that THX recommends 36 degrees for the LAST row of seating, not the primary, so your furthest row back should have 36 degrees.
     
  4. Stephen Tu

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    Those THX recommendations are for movie theaters, where with film's greater resolution you can have a much bigger screen. At home with mixed sources at much lower resolution you aren't going to get very good picture quality at those distances.

    At 7' a 60" would look pretty bad with typical SD sources.

    Anyway, people's tastes vary, the only foolproof way is to go to the store with a tape measure and see for yourself what you like, on a variety of sources. But I would start with a 16:9 set with diagonal approximately half of your viewing distance, and try bigger/smaller from there.
     
  5. Andrew Bunk

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    I was at 8' with my new 57", and it seemed too close. I moved back to about 9', and it's much more comfortable to view from that distance.
     
  6. ChadLB

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    RPTV or Projector????
     
  7. Ron-P

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    My 9'x16' room has an 80" screen with seating at 9' and 12'.


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  8. ShawnN

    ShawnN Auditioning

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    Hi I will go with a projector.
     
  9. ChadLB

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    How high is your ceiling? Probably 80" * 45" with that wide of a wall...
     

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