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Budget screen for JVC DLA-X55R

Picking up a JVC DLA-X55R and need to go cheap but effective on the screen for now. Room is 15' wide by 22' deep with 9' ceilings. I do not have seating or anything chosen yet. Don't know whether to try the paint or the spandex. Have a double window that I plan on blocking for daytime viewing but mostly watch movies after dark. Thanks!

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How many Seats / Rows? Screen size is determined by viewing distances, and size also plays a part in determining what DIY Screen app might be most advantageous.

In a light controlled Theater, with a PJ such as the X55R, you could ace out a 135" Screen easily using Flexi-White on a Frame.

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Thanks for the reply! 2 rows. I was thinking a row of four theater seating in the back on a riser and some sort of couch/sofa for the front row. (wife wants to be able to lie down and also use it in case someone is visiting and needs a place to sleep). I was thinking maybe 120" or 132" screen. I think I would like to do a 2:35 format as we only watch Blu-rays. No tv or regular DVD. I will play some Call of duty on it but can handle the black bars for that I was originally thinking of building a screen wall to hide my speakers behind and using the monoprice multi-format screen with manual masking. Buying this projector means buying an actual screen is just not in the cards or wallet right now. Ill have to make one. Thanks again for the reply!!

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Well then the Flexi solution is pretty much ideally suited for your purpose.

Look at this Frame:
143" 2.39:1 Flexi-White w/Silver Fire v2.5 4.0. ...on Maui


It is very lightweight yet sturdy

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MississippiMan,

What did the painting do for that Flexi White? In other words will I need to paint it? Thanks
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What did the painting do for that Flexi White? In other words will I need to paint it? Thanks
Significantly improved Ambient Light performance....something that is not needed in a true, light controlled Theater.

The JVC has excellent Contrast specs, so without any need to combat lighting issues, a coating of Silver Fire isn't needed.

Of course using a lighter version of SF does enhance colors and further deepens Black levels, therein further improving perceived Contrast. But those who believe in a more purist viewpoint and who opt in for PJs of the x55r's ilk usually specify a Matte White, unity gain screen so that they see exactly what the PJ does with the supplied content....no more...and hopefully no less.

Even with all that, I would have still suggested a painted coating, but all that raises the cost of the build by approx. $200.00, and you did state you wanted a "Budget" Screen so in your case, simply specifying the Flexi-white seemed the thing to do.

But....if you even begin to consider the prospect of EVER having ANY degree of lighting present when your viewing content, be it DVD or TV, then you would be...and are well advised to consider at least Silver Fire v2.5 1.0
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Painting Onto A 106" Tab Tensioned Screen with Silver Fire v2.5 4.0

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Thanks so much sir. I was actually going to pick up Panasonic projector but found an unbelievable deal on the JVC so I want the best I can do for say, under $300 bucks. This is my wall now with my 58" plasma. The tape outline is 120" 2:35 screen and the tape corners are 132". So you think I should go ahead and paint it for the better picture. Is it best to spray it? I would have to rent a sprayer.
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Spraying is absolutely the best, but renting sucks. For just about exactly the same you can own one of these for the present and future needs. (...besides...no place rents out proper Airless HVLP rigs...)

http://www.amazon.com/Factory-Recond.../dp/B005QQ0AFS

Combined with this Needle Kit.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Earlex-1-...al|fbx|dynamic

Many have gone this route before and never regretted owning these little Gems of HVLP Guns.

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Thanks again! So looking at my photo would you go for the 132" 2:35 or will that big limit my brightness watching 3d material?
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MississippiMan,

Do you think the JVC has enough light output for an Elite 138" AT screen? And how would that screen compare to the one you suggested with Flexi. Thanks bud.
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Do you think the JVC has enough light output for an Elite 138" AT screen? And how would that screen compare to the one you suggested with Flexi. Thanks bud.
In a totally darkened room setting, it would be at least passable.

3D? Furgittabowdit.

Visually, the Flexi alone would surpass the Elite AT. With SF applied, the performance would be astounding.

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With Flexi and sprayed SF, what would the approximate gain of the screen be MM? Would you say this project would cost around $200??
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