It feels like I've spent hundreds of hours picking up a screen for my room. There's too much pros and cons for each variant. I haven't picked a projector yet because I think that screen choice should come first. I need your thoughts. I'll try to make my post as structured as possible. Here's my mini-theater-to-be/living room.
I have a place for a 84-86" diagonal screen. The main problem is that behind the curtains is a balcony and I'll be needing an easy access to it (1). The second problem is my ceiling and walls (2). Let's call (1) a form-factor problem and (2) a screen material problem.
So, to counter (1) I have several options:Var.1a
MFR (manufacturer) motorized tab-tensioned ceiling screen
"+" - very ergonomic, trigger-controlled by a projector
"-" - damn expensive, lack of sizes for my room, need to spoil my nice ceiling, possible wrinkles and waves Var.1b MFR motorized floor-stander
"+" - cheap, very ergonomic, needn't to spoil the ceiling, trigger-controlled by a projector
"-" - higher possibility of wrinkles and waves, reliabilityVar.1c
MFR/DIY fixed frame screen
"+" - cheapest variant?, reliability, no wrinkles and waves
"=" - (if implemented) ergonomic, trigger-controlled by a projector
"-" - need to invent a mechanism to provide access to the balcony, need to implement it, cannot truly disappear, perhaps not-so-cheap?
I think that covers (1). Now as to (2) I have been researching the market and studying some basics regarding screens. I have a basic understanding of lambertian, angular-reflective and retro-reflective screens. So, now I have several options here:Var.2a
MFR high-gain angular-reflective screen (Supernova
"+" - best contrast possible, needn't to do anything about the ceiling (great ambient lighting resistance), high gain for bright 3D
"-" - stupidly expensive, narrows the choice of projectors (throw ratio of 1.5:1 or more is needed), difficult projector placement (needs to be mounted perpendicular within the boundaries of the screen), possible artifacts (brightness non-uniformity, hot spotting, sparkling)Var.2b
MFR 1.0 matt white screen
"+" - cheap, no artifacts (great brightness uniformity, no hot spotting, no sparkles), no restrictions in projector choice, great placement flexibility
"=" - possible brightness problems for 3D
"-" - contrast is totally dependent on room treatment, need to invent masking mechanism for ceiling, additional cloth may further deaden the acoustics of the roomVar.2c
MFR+DIY matt white screen (buy a screen and improve it with SF 2.5 5.0 paint or similar)
"+" - same as Var.2b + high gain for bright 3D, better contrast?
"-" - same as Var.2b + I have little experience in DIYVar.3
Complete DIY screen
"+" - ?
"=" - ?
"-" - I have little experience in DIY and have little confidence ATM in the possible outcome
Using pure logic, I would choose right now Var. 1b + 2c. But I'll be needing your help and advice anyways.
So, there you have it. Props to those who read and thanks to those who will help!