People are often sold a bill of goods thinking that a bigger image is always a better one. When it comes to limited space, there is a designated method to select an optimal size of projector screen. The big three questions to ask for determining screen size are: 1. What is your projector’s make/model? 2. What is the room size? And 3. What is the distance between viewers and the screen?
All these come together to provide the viewer with the optimal size for your projector viewing experience.
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*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.
[20:13] Jim: Hi
[20:13] Jaime: Thank you for contacting Elite Screens. I’m Jaime, how may I help you?
[20:14] Jim: I have a room that is 12 feet by 12 feet and i would like to know what size projector screen can I use? I like as big as I can get.
[20:14] Jaime: This is a great question and it is entirely up to your preference. You already answered on the room size but here are 2 other questions. What Is your Projector? How far will you be sitting from the screen?
[20:15] Jim: I’ll be 10 feet from the screen and the projector will be an Epson 3700 at the same distance.
[20:15] Jaime: I am looking at a projector screen calculator. Throwing from an overhead mount from a 10’ distance, you get an 84” image. Even if you can throw at a full 12 feet, it will present a 100” image.
[20:15] Jim: Interesting. How did you get this data so fast?
[20:16] Jaime: Our website provides a screen calculator that uses the specs from all the projector manufacturers in the industry. Follow the link and add your projector’s make/model: http://elitescreens.com/front/front/cms/slug/screen-calculator
[20:16] Jaime: An unscientific method is to project onto your wall from your desired projector placement and then measure the image’s size. Here’s a great video on selecting a projector screen: http://elitescreens.com/elitetube/screen_size_edu.mp4
[20:16] Jim: So I can get it too big…
[20:16] Jaime: You can. Think about why the first row at a movie theater is so unpopular. The same can be said about putting a screen into your room that is too big.
[20:16] Jim: That makes sense. I want big but I don’t want it uncomfortable to look at.
[20:17] Jaime: Correct. If you go to about 00:44 of the projector screen sizing video, there is a chart that recommends the optimal viewing sizes for the various seating distances from the screen.
[20:17] Jim: Excellent, I appreciate the info. I was afraid that anything under 100” would be unimpressive.
[20:17] Jaime: It was my pleasure to help. Thank you for reaching out. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email or text.