I'm hoping this thread will settle things down to a happy medium for a first timer like me. I usually sit in the middle rows at the cinema, so I want to recreate that kind of viewing angle if possible.
But I'm imagining there's a limit for cheap projectors screen sizes. With my AE100 I'm assuming at least a 1.5x width distance, and allowing for 2x initially. So this will restrict in a small room.
But is there a light limit as the screen gets wider and each pixel is duller? Or if the room is totally light controlled doesn't it really matter, as the lumens output is the same overall?
The further distance is more to do with room size and shape rather than viewing comfort - I find 12-14' absolutely fine - minimal screen door. The height of the screen will make a difference too - lower is certainly more comfortable to view
sods law will probably make an appearance when it comes to locating your pj and screen.
There was no way I could accomodate the short throw, lights, screen width and seating without loads of hassle. I ended up swapping sofas around, removing a celining light an just leaving a blanking plate and screwing wood between the celining joists so I could mount the screen sensibly...