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Is anyone able to get samples yet? I'm seriously considering getting the 144" 16:9 but am not sure if I should go with the F2 or F3. I have a fair amount of ambient light during the day but most can be controlled with blinds and curtains.
I'm currently just projecting (I think it's about 138" 16:9 at the moment) on a neutral earth tone beige wall which surprisingly looks very good. At normal seating distance of 12', you can't see anything, but up close, the finishing texture on wall is very visible.
I'm using a Sharp XV-Z30000 and have a JVC 6710 coming in probably sometime next week.
I do have a 116" wide 2.35 Da-Lite High Contrast High Power sitting boxed up in the garage. I might be able to bring that in for a shoot-out and also throw up a white linen sheet for good measure.
As for the setup... eye level is just over 40" from the ground. With the AVR stand and Center Channel Speaker, the bottom of the screen will be about 30" or so off the ground. So about 10" of the screen from bottom will be at eye level. The projector is about 5'6" off the ground. Some of these measurements could change depending on what screen I get and the height of an upgraded center channel speaker.
As you can see, the room is pretty wide so the outer seats are not in a "sweet spot." I'd say they're close to 45 degrees off center and more towards the edge of the screen. Though they are only occupied half the time. Most of the time the main couch is used. But, with such wide viewing angles, this screen sounds like it would fir the bill.
Facing the wall where the screen will go, off to the left is the kitchen where there is a fairly large window but it has blinds and curtains. Behind the screen you can see the large sliding glass doors that lead to the back patio which also has blinds and curtains. But, off to the right of that, that you can't see, is a regular door that leads to the back patio and doesn't have and curtains or coverings. And facing the wall where the screen will go, to the right in that hallway is the front door with windows that doesn't have any coverings either.
During the day, we can close all the blinds and curtains and controls most of the light. There is some light that leaks through directly onto the screen wall and from the front door area but it doesn't hit the screen directly from there.
There are only two main lights in the room from above light fixtures which you can kinda see in the pictures. They are not recessed. One is directly over the seating area and another directly behind the seating area in the open space. Usually they are not on. Sometimes we leave the kitchen lights on and those are four recessed 60 watt equivalent CFL bulbs.
Hope this helps explain the room and environment. Any thoughts?