Thanks for the ideas, WW and MM. My goal is to have it hang from the ceiling and simply remove it when it's "regular" tv time. Fantastic WAF and I've already killed the poor lass...just look at the room, lol.
BTWL Yes sir MM, re the Crowns: XLS 1500's for the 11 channel array. All of this is REALLY for a dedicated space in the near future, but I just cannot wait any longer for PJ!
Ok, first things first:
After taking a good luck (and a tape measure, lol) yesterday, the reality is I can actually pull off a "standard" 92" screen.
Yep, it would be placed in the middle. And no it won't really block much of anything- other than my Kuro of course.
5" from the ceiling (not ideal, but you do what you can do) the bottom would run just above the center channel and driver array of the L and R and about 4" past the outer edge of the L & R. I'm not terribly concerned with the height speakers as they're bipolar (fire out to the L and R, front, actually) and what I get is what I'll get for now. Audio equip and IR's will be ok.
Alright. So we're good in that regard.
Screen? Seeing I can now live without AT, things seem to be much more flexible for my app. To be completely honest, I was/am about an inch away from ordering this and moving on with life: http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-ER92WH1-Projection-Screen/dp/B00366MBAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359569953&sr=8-1&keywords=elite+screen+92%22
Opinion? My question/concern (as you'll discover is a bit of a theme, here) is the rigidity of the screen, not being mounted on the wall. I'd really not care to have it flex, mounted in free-air.
I figured after the $ outlay and time spent constructing on the DIY side, $200 is pretty darn reasonable/equitable. Keeping in mind that this particular app has about a 6 month life-span, that's about my limit.
Now, that said, your introduction of a (seemingly) simple sheet of material (forgive my lack of familiarity with TW hardboard) kinda brings me full circle with my initial idea for an outdoor screen that I absolutely planned on being a low budget DIY-affair: cut a screen out of "x" material, paint it, add a finished edge, hang it (I have a trellis outside perfect for the task). Done. Cheap. Likely, very cheap.
Why not just do the same, indoors?
The thought/problem I keep coming back to is finding a material that's lightweight, yet rigid enough to provide for a flat screen...I suppose less than 7' wide for a 92" screen that's less of a concern, though. I'm assuming this TW hardboard you're referring to works quite nicely in either regard. (?)
I seem to have this massive fear of a non-uniform screen that is throwing a wrench into this DIY consideration. It's also why I pretty much threw out any pull-down/motorized screens...it was hard to find ANY under $300 that people weren't complaining about within days, weeks, or months (re screen uniformity).
PJ: benq 1070 (pretty darn bright from most accounts)
8' away, 92" image
I'm in SE Wisconsin.
thanks a ton,