If you want to resolve 1080p at the seats you have to make sure that the viewers are close enough to the screen to actually resolve 1080p with 20/20 vision. This link shows the seating distances to fully resolve the various resolutions you'll run across. Note that the distances listed are diagonal inches. FP screens are usually sold vertically. Remember the pythagorean theorem is your friend. My screen is 104" diagonal for 16:9 viewing... My front row is at 10' and my back row is at 14'. My front row can resolve 1080p, my back row benefits from 1080p.
John, your number 1 seems like what I was thinking, but at 104" and 10ft, arent you too close for 1080p (in 2160 range)?
So do you go 2:35 or 16x9 screen if you have mixed content? Id assume I'd go the biggest 16x9 thats appropriate for the area (just like buying you standard big screen tv).
I went constant image height with an anamorphic lens, so 2.35:1. If you aren't going CIH then yes, maximize 16:9 height.
I don't think there's an if in there, you're going to have mixed content.
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I have a 16:9 screen, when watching 2.35:1 content the unlit portions are not noticed by me...
All good stuff. Im just throwing numbers around now, no decisions made. I also think 4ft for row spacing is not enough.
If I were to buy now, itd be something like RS40 or HW30ES, Im thinking $3-5k for the PJ alone. Basically, I wanna do it once and do it right.
The use of the room would basically be UFC, College Football and Blu-ray. I actually had a 73" tv at 9ft, and loved it, so I think 10-12ft at 100" or whatever it ends up being will be fine with me. My goal is to shoot for a room of at least 12'x20', or bigger if I can. This project is a ways away, Ive just never studied up on PJ's and setups, so now is the time.