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Location: Kansas City, MO
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AVScience Sales - he says his room is going to be dark for movie watching, and it's in a basement. I've been to his room and I don't think he needs a heavy duty light canon to fill it. I've not used the JVC's you recommend, but my Epson 8350 is almost too bright even on it's cinema mode with lowest lamp settings on my 104" diagonal DIY screen.
As to screens ---I really don't like gain screens Andrew. I don't think we've ever talked screens or projectors, but after trying several different screens myself and having multiple friends in KC with all manner of screen materials and comparing them all I think the best is a simple white or gray non reflective surface. I had a simple dalite classroom projector that was 110" diagonal. It was a vinyl non gain screen and worked fantastic, until I tired of the roll induced wrinkles. I then bought a $1000 High Contrast Cinema Vision Dalite Elite screen that was 96" diagonal. Multiple friends of mine told me later they didn't like the screen, but didn't want to say anything. I never really liked it that much either. The sparklies were caused by the grain were distracting on bright scenes or solid colors. I've come to realize that most high contrast screens have this sparkly effect. Some people don't mind it. I did, and most of my friends apparently did. I liked my cheap Dalite classroom pull down screen material better than the HCCV screen. My current screen is a DIY screen made with JoAnns black out cloth. It cost only around $100 to build and finish the entire screen and looks the best so far. I bought nice black velvet from JoAnns, framing boards, braces, and steel hardware from HomeDepot and a light duty staple gun. It turned out very nice with no wrinkles or problems. A recent friend who visited my theater asked me where I bought it - thinking it must be a pro screen. The Black Out fabric itself I bought for like $38 with a 50% off coupon making it less than $20 bucks. It is perfectly suited for a projector beam. It has a limitation in size because the rolls are 54 inches meaning that you can have about 51" height - - which is something like what I have. I've heard rolling it with one of the many DIY paint mixes can make it even better, but I'm hesitant because it looks soooo good right now and I really dread any kind of gain on the screen.
Improvements from my DIY screen to screens that cost $5k more that some of my friends in KC have are very small incrementals at best IMO. To put this in terms we both understand -- let's say you could buy a pair of JTR Captivators for $6K, and a pair of SVS PB13 Ultras for $100 dollars. Despite the fact that the Captivators are better - are they worth the extra cost in this obviously silly exaggerated example? Probably not...ESPECIALLY if you are considering buying a cheap $1000 projector like the 8350. Heck, one of the guys I know pretty well in KC, carp, just used a gray flat paint on smooth drywall as his mammoth screen wall (like 150" or something?) and it's gorgeous with the 8350 projector.
Good luck in this! There are a lot of options, and I know of no better time to get a enormous fantastic looking picture for so cheap a price of entry. Consumer projectors are amazing in this era! You get soo much for so little $.