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turbonerd12

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Hi all,
We are building a new house. Our basement foundation drops down about 13" where the screen will go so that we can have a couch on that level and then an couch behind it 13" higher. (See plan uploaded- it shows a platform, but we dropped it instead of building up). I was thinking of a 110" screen size so that the people on the lower level aren't too close. But I'm also concerned about the distance for the people sitting at the counter watching. So then I was leaning toward 120" screen. We are about to wire everything up and put the outlet in the ceiling for the projector and I'm trying to get a distance where the electricians can put that outlet in- but I'm basing it off of the screen size for distance. What viewing distance do you go off of? Thanks!

Also- our ceiling height will be roughly 8'4" on the upper level and then about a foot higher as you drop down.

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Dave Upton

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Hi Emmi,

It's hard to be sure, but it looks like your first row of seating is about 9' back from the screen. At that distance, I wouldn't go beyond 110", just for viewing comfort. You can use this calculator to play with the variables and get angles, but I can say that in my room 9' and 110 is about the limit of comfortable viewing.

https://www.projectorscreen.com/projector-screen-calculators

Sam Posten

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HW Reviewer
Senior HTF Member
I respect Dave's opinion but I've personally found 120" FINE at 7' and would go bigger if I had the room to do so. You'll be more fine at 9'. YMMV.

turbonerd12

Agent
The back of our couch on the lowest level goes to 13’. So I’d say viewing is 12’ from the screen. I don’t want to go too small either that viewing from the countertop would be too far.

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