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Help with first projector room setup

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I am trying to purchase my first projector. We have a dedicated room with no windows. I have been dreaming about the LG HU80KA. I just measured my wall for a 150" screen. Oh...my... That's so big. I don't think I realized. I'm wondering if there are resources for how far away to sit and how far away the projector has to sit etc. That's big enough to essentially be my entire wall. I think it leaves enough room for speakers on the edges and for components underneath, but not with much more room. I'm worried at that big that where we normally sit (about 12' away) won't work and I'm worried with the screen that big about the projection angle and seating if it has to sit too far back (heads in the way etc.) on the ceiling.

Thanks for any help.
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You may try Google-ing "screen size calculator". Many recommend a factor of 0.67 to 0.84 seating distance to screen size ratio. Example: 11ft seating distance; 11ft = 132inches; 132" x 0.76 = 100" screen size. We recently finished our basement home theater and have a 100" screen with a seating distance of around 11ft. It seems just right, no head sweeping to see the whole scene. It looks great in both 4k and HD. BTW, I can't say enough about the Viewsonic PX-727-4k projector. Good luck!
In my last home theater we had a 195" 2.40 aspect screen. Looked great in my opinion. Personally I would go as big of a screen as you can fit. Have you thought aabout getting a AT screen...then you can put your speakers behind the screen. I prefer speakers behind the screen because it is more like a theater, and the sound comes from the screen, not form the sides or above/below. If you are using a fixed screen you can easily matt the screen sides if the screen is too big for your liking, and also have a screen that is big enough in case you decide you want bigger later.
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