Originally Posted by purbeast
I would recommend projecting the image on the wall and playing around with various sizes before you purchase a screen.
Additionally since it is going to be in a dark basement, higher gain is not needed, which is what can make the cost of screens also go up.
I'm a total noob to screens though so I can't really give you any more input really on what to get.
Me personally, I just bought a 120" 16:9 Elite Sable screen that I haven't put together yet. I'm sitting about 13' back from it.
Paint the wall white if you can. Shoot your projector at that and see what you like and what size makes sense.
I find it easier to buy the right size screen to fit the projector and it's location- Than it is to change the projector or it's location after you have a screen for it.
Screen should be one of the last things you purchase. Usually many buy a cheap one, then the final one. It's nice to buy your projector and play to decide these things when you can. That's what I did. I actually bought a $20 sheet of white laminate at the Home Depot the first time I got my projector back in 2003. I shot at that just because I wanted to set it up and play around before I bought a screen. It was 8 feet by 4 feet, like a sheet of plywood. Turns out 8 feet was enough to help me narrow down to my current 92" screen back then in 2003. If I did it today I'd do a 110" + for sure. I just didn't have the option back then based on technology and prices.
When I bought mine I wrote to Dalite, Stewart, and a few others and got small screen samples.
They send them free. I stuck them up on the wall and took a look to see what I liked. I shot various images at them and compared them. It's a cool way to learn about gain, and viewing angle, and grey vs white vs silver etc....
I ended up with a 1.3 gain Dalite - but only because it worked best in my limited budget. I think it's a really good high value option.
My favorite and my "best" was the stewart. It was like $1000 more though... so I passed.
The firehawk and greyhawk were both very impressive back then. (it's been some years)
Usually a 1.0 flat white or a 1.3 with black enhancement is a solid choice for DLP I think.
Originally Posted by assassin
Thanks for the reply!
No, no ambient light. Its in the basement. I watch mainly movies and sports.
Really looking forward to more opinions. Especially what size screen I should use.
Size is a personal preference. Some thing Bigger is better. Others are just looking for reasonable. Personally I find the size the #1 reason I choose the Projector over the 55" Plasma TV. It's not even as much PQ as it is is PQ quantity. It's more like going to the movies. It's great for movies and sports like your suggesting.
So for size I'd say it's mostly based on your personality, as well as the room and distance from viewing area and the projector
I wanted 120" but ended up with 92" This was because my room is small and I just didn't have the room to throw larger with the projector I bought first. Also, I didn't have the budget for a projector that would look good on a the bigger screen back then. I have had a DLP projector since 2003. It was a big deal to get 720p when I started. Screen door effect and pixels was an issue too. Today- 1080p is pretty easy and affordable so much of those issues are gone. You can go bigger easier and cheaper than before. Projectors are higher pixel counts and throw more light for a lower price. I don't remember choosing a screen size as much as I was reaching for a larger size when I started. Today, I still have the same size because I have the same basic room layout and already own the screen. I could go- and want to go- Larger with my current new projector but I need a new screen to do that. I have put off buying a bigger screen. Screens are like PSU or case in your HTPC. You probably might use it past one build or mobo/cpu. Your screen will probably out live your electronics- You'll likely replace your projector before you replace your screen.
Here is some basics I went through:
More light is needed the bigger the screen. More light is more $$$ in projector speak. So the projector determines the screen size for sure.
Assuming you can afford a projector to fill any screen size- then you should default to how far away you sit to choose. If you can't afford a high end projector then the lumen output at a theater calibrated level is going to determine what size will look best for your choice in projector. MAX LUMENS is not a good stat. Look at the calibrated or theater mode light output. www.projectorcentral.com
is a good source.
At a smaller screen size and the same projector your going to have a much brighter, better, punchier image.
80" looks better than 100" which looks better than 120" - But this is for a cheap projector.
A good projector can throw proper light for 100"+ and is designed for that. So it might be too bright for 80"
Questions for you:How far away is the viewing area and the projector
?? The throw distance of your projector will also effect your screen size. Certain projectors throw a certain size or range image from a certain distance. This you will need to pay attention with.
Usually it's best not to use ZOOM if possible. Set the projector zoom lenses flat- and position the projector where it's going. Measure and buy the screen then. That's a good plan I think.
Otherwise- You will be moving your projector closer or farther away to achieve your screen size you purchased. Trust me- It's easier to buy the right size projector screen than it is to move or relocate a projector to a screen you already have. Relocating a projector to an unplanned location is not easy once you run wires and stuff. Do it all right the first time and you'll be glad you did.
Note: I deleted the previous because of typos