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Ideal Viewing distance help - 135/150 inch screen

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    Hi all,

    I am planning to build a dedicated HT with a 7.2.4 setup. My room size is 21 ft x 15 ft x 9 ft. I will use the room for movies, music and games (33% each)

    My final components are as follows:

    Projector JVC DLA NX7
    Screen Elite AR150H2-AUHD / Elite AR135H2-AUHD
    Receiver Marantz 8012
    Power Amp Emotiva XPA-3 Gen 3
    Woofers (x2) Rythmik F18
    Speakers LCR B&W CT 7.3 LCRS
    Speakers Surrounds B&W CWM 7.5
    Speakers Atmos B&W CCM 684

    As we can see, I am confused between going for a 135 inch or a 150 inch screen. What would be the ideal viewing distance for both the sizes. I have researched quite a bit on this and have found varying opinions. I was thinking of going for 11 feet for the 135 inch and 12 feet for the 150 inch. Would that be too close/far? Kindly help thanks!
     
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    Projectors? Nah. I'm almost clueless about projectors.
     
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    My recommendation, which isn't very popular among professional installers or people who want to set up their theaters all in one quick motion:

    -Get the projector you want and get a giant white bedsheet if the wall that you'll be eventually attaching your screen to isn't blank. Plug a player into the projector, and put something on, and play around with the size until it feels right. Then, measure the size of the image you settled on, and buy a screen of that size.

    "Ideal" and "recommended" seating distances generally work for many people, but they're based on assumptions and preferences which may be different from yours. Since you're building a home theater that's meant to be custom to your tastes and preferences, I think it's a great opportunity to figure out what's perfect for you. It'll add an extra step to your process since you won't have everything all set up on day one, but I think approaching the sizing this way will allow you to get exactly what you want and to not be stuck with something that might not be to your liking.
     
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    Okay thanks a lot! I will consider a closer distance.
     
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    Alright thanks! I will try and do a rudimentary demo before finalizing the seating!
     
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    I've always found screen size versus what you watch a major consideration. If you only watch HD or 4K, then choose a large screen. But if you watch a lot of DVDs, most of these are going to look r.s on a large screen.
     

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