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As far as I know, all front projection fabrics from Stewart are prices the same (with the exception of the Platinum 300). The Firehawk should not cost any more, if past practices hold true.
I don't know if I would recommend a Firehawk with an 11HT, you don't really need it. There should not be any difference in real contrast ratio when you switch to Cinema Black, sure the blacks get blacker, but the whites get proportionally dimmer. You would be better off going with a Greyhawk and using normal lamp brightness if you find the image too dim (you should not, though). The Greyhawk has a wider viewing angle than the Firehawk, so it would be better to go with that. The Greyhawk will perform well in ambient light, because it is a lower gain, but the Firehawk will be better at rejecting off-axis ambient light. The Firehawk will end up producing brighter blacks because of its higher gain, the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish with Cinema Black.