I have been a long time reader but never posted or signed up until today. I am looking for thoughts on my dilemma because I can't make up my mind (which usually is not an issue).
I have a chance to pick up a brand new 110 inch Firehawk G3 Velux Deluxe frame for $1350. Long story as to why I can get it for this price but it is new and a legit deal. I also have a chance to pick up a used but great condition (I saw it) 110 inch Carada Criterion Brilliant White for $350.
My projector is an Sanyo Z4 but I will be upgrading in the next year or so, therefore, whatever I get likely today is not a black level issue so I don't need the Firehawk for that reason.
The room will be painted a darker color with blackout curtains. I also have the ability to control lighting. Therefore, one would think the white would be perfect due to the room conditions and also the cheaper price.
The dilemma. Well, I like to entertain and have lights on and windows slightly open. I have a bar and pool table behind the theater seating area (about 30 feet from the screen) with two windows. I like to have them open a bit to have light in. In the evening, I like to have lights on in that area and those lights are not recessed like in the theater. They are your normal lights that emit light in all directions. We like to have the projector on when shooting pool and hanging out. Therefore, it is split between probably 50/50 of having lights on and watching sports, general TV vs. lights off and enjoying all a projector has to offer. The Firehawk would help in the entertaining but the Carada Brilliant White would probably be better with the lights off (at least that is what I am thinking). Last, since the lights are coming from behind the projecter, the same as the projector beam, it is my understanding the Firehawk would not do as well with that light than if I had a light to either side of the screen. Therefore, maybe the Firehawk won't work well in my application.
Please let me know what you would buy or any thoughts you have. Thanks.