Next week I will likely be purchasing a Panasonic AR100 projector to replace my failing InFocus SP4805. The 4805 has served us well for 6 years, but now the light tunnel is failing (still on original bulb!).
Back in 2005 when I first bought my house, I knew I wanted a home theater room, but only had a small bedroom to do it in, 10' 8" x 9' 6" or so. I set up the 4805 to throw in the long dimension, and ended up with about a 9 foot throw distance, with a maximum 16:9 image size of 72". I leveled up the projector and painted the wall to match the image area. I rolled on what I think is the RS_MudMaxx or whatever it was called, from this forum back in late 2005/early '06.
I've always been happy for the most part with the painted screen's performance, except for a couple of light roller marks that are only visible on white or very bright scenes.
So now we're getting this AR100 which is a real light cannon, although it will usually stay in Eco mode with the Cinema setting, which I have heard should not be too bright at all.
At first I'll just set up the projector to use the current painted screen, with the idea that I will likely re-do the screen in the near future (larger size, maybe CIH, probably different mixture). If by chance the projector ends up a bit too bright on Eco/Cinema settings, is it possible for the screen color to tone down the perceived brightness?
MM I know we talked way back then when I was first doing this screen. I'm just down the road from you in DeSoto County. I'm thinking I may try renting a Wagner sprayer and spraying a new screen instead of rolling. I'll also likely do more sanding to get a smoother surface, as some of the original painted wall texture is still there on my current screen.