Dont wanna spam topics so I think maybe I'll hijack this one instead.
Well, I live in Brazil. That's the bad news. Now on to the good news: me and mi dad, we go to the U.S. frequently. I had bought me a w1070 earlier this year but as it turns out Im selling it cause it's not short throw enough (it's going to be in my own room). So I'm getting me a w1080st, looking for a 120" screen.
My room has light yellow walls and ceiling and the floor is light wood. The room itself is good, but I can't stop some of the light, so even with the drapes closed there's some light. It comes sideways to the screen. We do have our own screen makers here in Brazil, most of 'em charge absurd prices for their screens, but there are some more budget oriented. Such as this:
That's R$680, around 270 bucks for a pull up MatteWhite 1.1 gain, shipped. They say the screen material is imported, heck should I know where from. Not super cheap either but hey, it's easy to get, it's close by. I almost ended up buying it. But then I read the w1070/w1080st review and in it they recommend a HC screen for it, to help out with the blacks and they say it works specially well if ambient light comes from the sides. Now, that got me wanting a HC Gray. Quoting:
If you have some of your ambient light coming from the sides, I'd definitely suggest a high contrast gray.
That HC gray screen rejects most of the side lighting. This allowed me to even have my slide window shades open a few inches on sunny days, and still have a large, great football image. If your ambient is coming from straight back near the projector, like rear windows, the HC gray won't help you.
Ultimately, an HC gray is going to be the best choice for most folks with lighter rooms, and especially if the lights are on the sides. Consider the especially the Firehawk G3, and the various Screen Innovations Black Diamond screens (different gains, etc.) which are especially good, but also relatively pricey. More affordable: Elite's HC Gray, Da-lite's HC-Da-Mat, possibly Stewart's new Cima series I haven't worked with any of them yet. Typically we're talking screens with gains of 0.8 to 1.1 gain. Trading a bit of brightness for some ambient light rejection is a plus. (Note HC screens are a touch darker in the corners/sides.)
They also have a HC Gray screen, for the same price, pull up:
But its not an imported material. The gain is 1.3. Since the w1080st is so bright I'm not sure if 1.3 is after all going to be too much. Anyhoo, I think I can get a better quality screen at the US then make it a fixed frame. I must say I'm not a handyman myself, I'd buy the material then hire someone to frame/stretch it for me. So I was thinking not spending over $200 on the material in the US. Ofc I cant bring a fixed frame on an airplane lol.
So, how do you guys think I should proceed? Thanks!!!