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I'm new to this area of home theater and need some advice. I am going to be purchasing a lightly used Optima HD180 for about 400-500 dollars, I think this is a good deal. What would be a good inexpensive screen for this projector? Any advice is appreciated, it will be in a room that the light can be controlled.
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I'm new to this area of home theater and need some advice. I am going to be purchasing a lightly used Optima HD180 for about 400-500 dollars, I think this is a good deal. What would be a good inexpensive screen for this projector? Any advice is appreciated, it will be in a room that the light can be controlled.

Please do note: When one says the light can be controlled, this also means the walls, ceiling, and floor within at least 5ft of the screen are a dark color, preferably Black..
When you shine a projector on a white screen, the screen becomes the light source. That light then reflects off the light walls and ceiling back on to the screen washing out the image.

For folks to help you with your choice they need to know.
Budget
Diag size of screen your are looking for.
Fixed frame, electric or manual pull down
Type of content .. sport, gaming, movies, HD TV..etc
Color of room as per above and if it can or can not be corrected.
Seating distance
Acoustic transparent (will the speakers be behind the screen) or not.
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Please do note: When one says the light can be controlled, this also means the walls, ceiling, and floor within at least 5ft of the screen are a dark color, preferably Black..
When you shine a projector on a white screen, the screen becomes the light source. That light then reflects off the light walls and ceiling back on to the screen washing out the image.

For folks to help you with your choice they need to know.
Budget
Diag size of screen your are looking for.
Fixed frame, electric or manual pull down
Type of content .. sport, gaming, movies, HD TV..etc
Color of room as per above and if it can or can not be corrected.
Seating distance
Acoustic transparent (will the speakers be behind the screen) or not.

Thank you. Size of the screen about 120 inches, fixed, manual pull down, sports and movies, room is white and yellow, seating distance is about 10ft back, and the center speaker would be behind the screen.
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Thank you. Size of the screen about 120 inches, fixed, manual pull down, sports and movies, room is white and yellow, seating distance is about 10ft back, and the center speaker would be behind the screen.

You left out #1, How much you got to spend?
A fixed screen is a frame that mounts to the wall. A manual pull down goes up and down, which one do you want?
When you say center speaker is behind the screen, we assume you are looking for an acoustically transparent screen, or can you move the speaker.. #1 will dictate if you have to move the speaker.
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You left out #1, How much you got to spend?
A fixed screen is a frame that mounts to the wall. A manual pull down goes up and down, which one do you want?
When you say center speaker is behind the screen, we assume you are looking for an acoustically transparent screen, or can you move the speaker.. #1 will dictate if you have to move the speaker.

A manual pull down, I could move the speaker down and not need an acoustically transparent screen, my budget is around $300. Thanks for your time.
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For $300-350, I would build my own frame and buy Dalite screen material.

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Vutec sells a 110 (54x96) manual with Matte White material for $210. With wall brackets and freight you'd be under your budget.
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Thanks for the info.
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