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Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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You seem to be focused on the negative results, and very little concerned with the positives. If the DaLite HC option was so terrific, you'd think everyone would have gone that route. They haven't. BTW, it is NOT 1.1 gain. More like .85
Face it, they WANT your business, so they will say just about anything.
It is merely a easier option, not necessarily a good or best one.
Your PJ's performance, the room's characteristics, and your own expectations come into play in any decision, and unless your experience is more extensive that your post would seem to indicate, you should proceed with at least some caution. Post your PJ's specs, your rooms environment, and such, on your own thread in DIY Screens, and make your decision at least somewhat based on the responses and ideas your receive.
Failure comes the quickest to those who are impatient, or feel that they have nothing to learn from others' experience. In my time on AVS, I've seen that those who steadfastly followed sage advice and specific instructions to the letter have seldom failed. Those who have bastardized methods, cut corners on required materials, or experimented with known values just to put their own stamp on a project are the ones who complain loudest when things go awry. It's never their fault. Well, some do admit it...and go on to achieve success.
Your job of perusing though countless posts on enumerable threads can be far easier by enlisting the aid of those such as Tryg, myself, and several others. Despite my fondness for my own preferences, I've seldom given anything more than broad based advice, then let the Poster decide his own course. Most everyone else usually follows the same route.
So let us help, if we can. Don't settle for "So So" results with a big screen or you'll be condemned to a "SO SO' experience.
In any event, good luck!
To quote James T. Kirk;
"I'm laughing at the superior intellect"