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Hi,

I'm planning my first projection system - exciting times! I'll be repurposing basement storage space, creating a rectangular theater room that's 13½' long by 7½' wide by just 6½' tall. Wish it was larger, but that's the best I can do. With allowance for screen frame, I can't go much bigger than 80" wide, so I'm planning an 80"x45" 16x9 screen, with all front speakers beneath the screen. I'd prefer the speakers to the sides of the screen, but that would mean a much smaller screen :-(.

Seating will be a couch at the very back of the room, plus a couple of bean bags for the kids just in front, and to either side, of the couch.

Intended use is 60% movies, 25% sports, 15% gaming. I have complete light control, but would prefer a little ambient light for movies, more for sports, and more still for gaming. All lighting will be new, so I have flexibility there. Décor will probably consist of a black curtain behind the screen, and mid-to-dark walls. Not sure how dark I can go on the ceiling - probably a mid-gray.

Based on reviews and bang for the buck, my projector shortlist consists of the Epson 5350, though I'm open to (cheaper) 1080p 2D alternatives if they'd better suit my space. The throw will be 13'7" (through hole into next basement room), for a 2.0 throw ratio - either ceiling mounted, or on a high shelf; it could come forward or back a bit if necessary.

Which brings me to my screen. I'm thinking a hanging, painted and framed 16:9 Thrifty White.

Based on the above, what DUI screen paint do you recommend?

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Silver Fire v2.5 2.0 sprayed.

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Silver fire sounds fine. And don’t worry about a low ceiling I crammed a 6’ x 8’ into a room with 6’4” ceiling. As you get close to the ceiling consider a dark band a few feet into the room.



PS Angle the sound up just a little to ear level while seated and you will be fine.


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I really think that the Epson "8350" is hard to beat considering it's low price.
I would stick to that choice as it is a feature rich unit that has serveral advantages that play into your needs.

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Silver Fire v2.5 2.0 sprayed.

For my edification - why not higher? Lack of lumens?

Ambient light will be low (and well controlled) for movies. And I can use a brighter PJ setting for sports and games.

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For my edification - why not higher? Lack of lumens?

Ambient light will be low (and well controlled) for movies. And I can use a brighter PJ setting for sports and games.

-jim.

Unless you get a higher end PJ that costs 2x the 8350, a 2.5 screen will absolutely deepen your perceptive Blacks, yet being not "too dark" for the Lumens at hand, when the PJ is set on Low lamp for "Dark Room" viewing of Movies, the blacks will be Interstellar while the Whites and Colors will dazzle.

It's all about having a balance. If you want to go darker...say into a 4.0, and Screen size and Thrown are well matched, and if you "stay" in Normal Lamp Mode, you'll have Crazy good performance no matter what you watch in.

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