Not sure if my room can handle a projector

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  1. Jimmmy

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    Hi guys, so this is my tv room, and its layout and dimensions: [​IMG]

    I really, really, really, want to get a projector in there and the wall furthest to the right can handle a 104" screen, however, that leaves me sitting only around 2.5meters from it.

    Having no experience whatsoever with projectors, is it too close for comfort? I'll be getting a 1080p projector since the 4k ones are ludicrously expensive at the moment.
     
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    So yeah, the measurements on the image were all wrong.. I've fixed that now. :)
     
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    Best thing to do is borrow a projector and display a 100" screen and see if you are happy with it
     
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    That would be ideal :)

    However, the room still hasn't been built, and won't be built until after 3-4 weeks. I was hoping to order a projector+screen so it will be delivered around the same time that I finish the apartment(however stupid that may end up being.) :)
     
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    I would typically work to 1.5x screen width for seating distance. You have to take into account the person and the room and use. I have done some rooms where the front row was maybe 1.2x but a more comfortable back row at nearer 2x. People then get the choice to sit in the closer row or not.

    Anyway back on point, realistically you want a screen about 160cm wide or so. It looks like there's maybe room to nudge the seat backwards when you are in cinema watching mode so you could allow yourself up above 2m wide knowing if it does feel too large you can shift the sofa back. Don't go silly, it's not bigger is better it's just tiring having an image that's too big to take in comfortably. It will also reveal any weaknesses in the projector...

    Do consider having the rear speakers right on the wall above the PC aiming forwards to give you a nice fair distance behind you to help create the rear surround image.
     
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    Making decisions on the preferred image size for your viewing distance are, as Seb points out, far easier if you have the ability to mess about with a Projector before you order the screen (and Projector).

    Given that most folk hang on to Projectors for a relatively long time I'd say any short term delay now is well worth it in the long run.

    Once you know your screen size it'll take less than3-weeks to order in a custom size screen (under a week if you go with a standard size).

    What are you planning in terms of Loudspeaker placement?

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    Thanks guys.

    This is roughly how to front would look
    [​IMG]

    For the rear speakers I'm not 100% decided, but atm I was thinking about wallmounting them up against the ceiling on the walls either side of the sofa and angling them downwards..
    All the way back on the computer wall sounds good as well, I hadn't thought about that option.

    I tried taping the size of the screen onto a wall and while in a sitting position roughly 2.5m away I don't feel the screen is overwhelming.

    I was mostly worried that the FOV would give me problems, but from my quick and dirty test it didn't feel like it would, it's worth noting that my eye sight is terrible, so bigger might just be better in this case. :)
     
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    If you're near Essex, I could pop my 1080P DLP projector round for a demo?
     
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    Wow, thank you for the kind offer, but sadly I'm in a different country. :/
     
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    Keep in mind:

    Movies are mixed to be played back on limited range speakers plus a Sub.

    Full range loudspeakers often don't work well when too close to a room boundary (wall).

    Ideally you have three identical speakers across the Front LCR.

    The Centre channel may carry 60/70% of a Movie (dialogue).

    Limited range, wall mounted designs from the likes of Artcoustic, Anthony Gallo, M&K... may not 'look' as impressive as what you depict but are likely a far better fit with your room.

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    I've had the speakers for around 3 years now and I really like them so far(possibly because I don't know any better :D) so they'll stay at least to begin with..

    My rears are Dali Fazon Sat's which I will probably mount high up on either the side walls or back walls and angle them downwards..
     
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    'possibly because I don't know any better :D' - often the most cost effective way forward with AV and Hi-Fi :)

    Loudspeakers can last decades never mind years.

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