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Screen size for AE100

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by SanPedro, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. SanPedro

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    I have an AE100 currently throwing onto a 6ft wide blackout blind. After going to the AV show in Manchester, where they had some much bigger screens with the PJs on show, I am now looking at an upgrade.

    How big would be ok?

    My room is 24 x 13. I sit about 16 ft back from the screen. Would an 8ft screen be ok from this distance or will I get too much screendoor at this size and with this PJ? I have it running through a ProV.

    Help appreciated

    Chris
     
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    At 16ft seating distance, 8'wide is probably do-able, but you're at the limt as far as screendoor/brighness/picture quality is concerned, imo.

    You could try 7/7.5 ft, you'd probably be happier with the picture quality at that size......... Try it out at any size you want, really - /me GRRRRs, 16 ft seating distance.......... Grrrr.../


    All the best,

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    I reckon that you could get away with a nice 8 foot screen in a 16 foot room. IIRC the general rule of thmb is 1.5 - 2 x the screen width for the ideal distance, hence 8 foot being cock on.

    However, its debatable as to if the AE100 can still look great at that size although your Pro-v will help it.

    Why not Keep it on minimum zoom and simply move the PJ further back ?

    Could you not project onto a wall or blanket as a test, maybe even a piece of material ?

    Hope this helps a little.

    Cap:)
     
  4. Majik

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    Sorry if this is a hijack of sorts, but I was going to go for an 80 by 45 screen size, from an eight foot viewing distance - is this too big? (Also an AE100)

    Majik
     
  5. SanPedro

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    Just been thinking that capn. Would the best quality come from placing the PJ as close to the screen as poss, or as far away? I would have thought that placing it as close as poss as the light has less distance to travel and would therefor be brighter. I guess I'll zoom out as far as I can from my current position to see how it looks. Simple enough I guess:D

    It was sat watching the HS20 with Matrix Reloaded that got me thinking "Size DOES matter". It really was like being at the cinema.

    Sean: you could always knock a hole from your viewing room and build an extension ;)

    Chris
     
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    Sorry Majik, but i think the answer is "no chance". At my last house my AE100 was 12ft from the screen and the max it would output was 6ft (and a bit) from that distance.

    Chris
     
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    I did a similar test yesterday, I sat my projector width wise accross my lounge, so at 11ft I managed a 7.75ft pic and it looked great against a magnolia wall!

    I am looking to buy a 92" Draper Luma screen so that I can fit an image of between 7-7.5ft accross, I think based on the result of what I said at the top of this post that the image will be bright enough and of good quality.

    Can I aska question...what is a Pro V and how much are they? If it will increase image quality I would be happy to consider it!

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  8. SanPedro

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    Tony

    They are about £100. A number of places sell them under differnt names. It scales up the resolution to 1024 x 768 (XGA is iT?) and de-interlaces the signal. It also seems to smooth the screendoor effect. Plus it has more colour control options than the AE100 by itself. Look on here for threads on ProV.

    I got it because SKY looked crap on my PJ. Sean G (theritz) recommended it to me. I was gobsmacked at the difference when set up properly. It also improved DVD images as I only had Svideo from my Samsung machine. Plus you will only have one lead going to your PJ.

    It's well worth the money IMO.

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    Cheers Chris - appreciate that. Looking smaller then, hmm...

    I'll nick the one from work and temp it up to make some decisions....

    Majik
     

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