I am a long time projector owner, Infocus SP5000. It just hit 2000 hours after 7 years of ownership. I figured it was time to buy a new one rather than replace the bulb.
I just ordered the Panasonic AE7000U, because it seems to be one of the best projectors for under $2,500, and I can use my existing Panasonic 3d glasses with it. I see the real benefits as a doubling the lumens up to 2000, contrast ratio goes from 1200 to 300,000, 3D, HDMI and 1080P.
My current home theater uses the controversial "painted wall" technique, that I am quite frankly happy with. I see no visible wall imperfections and no hot spots. The contrast ratio of the infocus projector is poor so I have very little detail in dark areas, yet sports look great.The home theater is in my basement which I built from scratch. The dimensions are 10x20 with a 100" screen. The wall is very flat, and nearly perfect and has never caused me to think that it needed to be replaced, until, my daughter threw something and dented it. The dent is visible from 5' away but after that it is not noticeable when the projector is on. This makes me wonder how perfect the wall needs to be when seated so far away.
So, now I have to spackle and repaint... Or, get a screen.
More facts. Near zero ambient light, seats are 11' and 17' away. Viewing angle is less than 45degrees. Projector is 14' from screen. The walls are camel suede paint and do not reflect anything, but the ceiling is white and does light up when the screen is on.
How is the quality of the screens sold on ebay? Any experience with them? I honestly broke the bank to get this projector, and really could not spend more than $300-$500 on a screen.
I am confused on what gain I should get too.
My options are: Repair and repaint the wall using the sherwin williams pro classic smooth enamel, right away
Buy an ebay based 100" screen for around $200 (next credit card statement)
DIYTheater, goo or another brand of projector paint (next credit card statement)
wait and save for a proper screen. 4months out (after christmas bills)
Your thoughts and advice are greatly appreciated.