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Grey vs. White? Optimal size

Hello forum.

I am about to purchase a new projector screen after moving into a new house and I'm not sure whether grey or white is the best choice. I'm also having trouble deciding size. I'd really love some opinions on what some of the experienced forum members would choose.

Set up:
Epson HC 3700 (love it! By the way)
Large area recroom with light grey walls, white ceiling, significant daylight during the day.
Projector distance approx 10.5'
Viewing distance approx 9.5'
Seating is a wide couch, so some viewing is off centre.

I'll be watching mostly hockey and movies, mostly at night without any lights on but occasionally daytime viewing with some lights on.

I am looking at a few screen brands:
- Elite Screens, ezFrame, Sable or Aeon
- Silver Ticket
- Kanto, possibly as a budget option

Would you choose grey or white?

I am debating between 92" to 106". I love the immersiveness of the 106 but I'm worried it's just too big for the distance, particularly with any fast motion. What would be the optimal size? (1080p)

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I sit 9.5' from a 151" screen sometimes (I bounce between front and back rows). Go for the 106" at a min.
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Not to hijack the thread.

But i also have this question regarding Grey3d vs White that Elite screen is offering.

My room will be a batcave (no windows)

I wont watch 3d as much but do want to watch it from time to time.
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As a rookie myself I'll try to explain it the best I can.
Go to this site, plug in the projector you want, and play around with screen size and gain to see what is acceptable.

Too big of a screen and too dark of a grey will cause the picture to be too dim.
The darkness or lightness of a screen is referred to as gain. 1.0 gain screen is normally white (or a silver), and 0.8 gain is a fairly dark grey or metallic screen.
Higher gain screens like 1.4 may also be silver and reflect light better than the normal 1.

I'm going to order my first set up too, and I'm settling on screen innovations slate 1.4. It's a compromise of everything I want. Decent Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) so I can get a better picture with a little daylight creeping through my plantation shutters, darker than white to help black levels a little, yet a higher gain so I can stick with a big screen. The big tradeoff here is sparkles, some scenes show sparkles like a bright blue sky.
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