I can remember the day when any TV over 25″ was considered almost obscenely large. I recall having trouble loading a behemoth 27″ model that I’d just bought into the back seat of my car. I had to take it out of the box to squeeze it in. It was so heavy that carrying it was a two-man job. We’ve come a long way since then, haven’t we? How large is your home theater screen today?
Televisions are much larger, lighter and less expensive now. The average screen size today would have been considered a “big screen” model in the past. Owning a TV less than 32″ is practically a conscious lifestyle decision, like some sort of demonstration that you can’t be bothered with such frivolities in your life as watching television.
Given that I’m writing this on a home theater enthusiast web site, I have to assume that most of our readers favor HDTVs or projection screens on the larger side. My primary display is a projector with a variable aspect ratio Constant Image Height configuration. I don’t usually think of my screen size in terms of the standard diagonal measurement. At its largest in “scope” mode, the screen is 6-feet wide. That would equate to a diagonal of just over 78 inches. Standard 16:9 content pillarboxed in the center of the screen measures a little above 62″ diagonal. I won’t pretend that this is the largest screen size I could have (many projector owners push screens over 100″), but in my small room and short seating distance, this is the most comfortable size for me. I also tend to prefer a brighter and punchier picture. The larger your screen size with a projector, the more trade-offs you’ll suffer in image quality. If I were to ever move to a larger space, I’d most likely upgrade to an 8-foot wide screen with a higher gain, but that’s probably as large as I’d want to go. For where I am now, I’m still satisfied with what I have.
What about you? What’s your screen size?