Hi Patd. I am in the research stage of creating a backyard theater. After many many hours of reading threads on Backyardtheater.com, I have decided on a Carl's 16x9 screen. Ive also researched projectors and am considering an Epson 8350. The one thing that is holding me back is that I am not sure if it will be bright enough to fill the 16x9 screen. When I use the "throw distance calculator" on projectorcentral, and i put in the vertical screen size of 192 inches, it calculates my throw distance of 29 feet but with only 4 foot lamberts of brightness. Even if i move the "throw range" to 21'9" (which i think adjusts the zoom on the pj), the foot lamberts only increases to 6. It says the foot lamberts should be 12 to 22 for a good picture. So, now Im not sure that this 8350 is bright enough for a 16x9 screen.
While researching this, I discovered that you also have a 16x9 screen and the 8350 for a backyard theater:) Could you shed some light on this for me? Is the picture bright enough on the big screen? What mode do you use the pj in (dynamic, etc)? Any other details or thoughts you can share to help out would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!