Screen size vs. seating distance

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  1. Kevin_F

    Kevin_F Stunt Coordinator

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    What is the general rule of thumb when it comes to screen size vs. seating distance? I am thinking about getting a 106" screen and wanted to know what is the recommended viewing distance.

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    Kevin, for a 480p projector it's 2X screen width. For a 720p, it's 1.5X screen width.
     
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    I personally like to sit closer so I'm in the 1.3 range.
     
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    A slightly different approach / take on it....


    I like to get people to where the field of view of the Display is similar to that of a pay movie theater 3/4 the way back to the very back of the theater.

    Which equates to on the minimum side, abut 10' distance with a 57"-ish widescreen display.

    You almost have to go to a pay theater and sit in the back to get a feel for what I mean by this though.
     
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    1.5 to 2 times screen width seems to be standard. I personally prefer somthing closer to 2 than 1.5, but it comes down to personal preference.
     
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    It really depends on a few things:

    1) the resolution and type of projector(the type basically covers the pixel packing density, because resolution alone is not enough)

    2) Your eyesight

    3) How picky you are

    For me, closer than 2x with 720 DLPs I see screen door. I'm a CRTer so I am used to a very smooth picture, and sitting 1.5 is very pixely with 720p.
     
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    That's why I bought a Panny LCD with Smooth Screen technology, that is the only digital that pulled me from my NEC CRT. I cant stand screen door effect at any distance!

    My screen is now 9' wide (124" 16:9) and my front row (main seating) is at 13'.

    Wes
     
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    I have a 106 inch screen and sit about 12 ft away. Check the website www.projectorcentral.com

    They have some good info.
     
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    I auditioned a Z3 recently and tried 2 screen sizes from around 10'. The first was 100" the second 86". The consensus was that 100" was too large although the kids didn't seem to mind. I thought 86" was the maximum I would go to comfortably - so I am getting a 86" fixed screen, which I think is about 6'4" wide. So based on this I am sitting at about 1.6 times the screen width.

    At this distance there was no screen door, so for me it was whether the screen was just too overwhelming - which it wasn't.
     

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