As a first time projector owner, I'm in the market for my first screen. I just finished painting the wall that I want to mount the screen on, so I'm ready to get the screen up there!
Here are pics of the area that the screen is going to be:
I'm going to have the screen to the left of that window well in that big open area. I plan to have it about 2 feet or so away from the right side wall. I'm looking at either a 120" or 126" screen most likely. I also need to understand how close to the ceiling a screen can go before it can have a negative effect before I make this decision.
In that third picture there, you can see that there is a ceiling drop (I think it's duct work) so I plan on putting a ceiling mount behind it with a pole, and mounting the projector so it's JUST under that duct work portion of the ceiling. It is going to be about 15.5' feet back from the wall there. The sitting area is going to be basically right infront of where you see the projector sitting right now infront of that pole.
I plan on mostly using it with the lights off in that room. Since it's in the basement it can be pitch black if I want it to be. However there is a possibility when I am watching football or sports, that I will be getting up to go to the bathroom or getting more beer or something, and I MAY possibly have the rear lights on but dimmed down as low as possible. But in general, the ambient light isn't really an issue.
As far as what I like, I definitely do like a nice bright clear picture.
I have seen screens range from like $150 to $4k, so I know there is a huge range however I just don't know what exactly most of the differences are. I was hoping to spend around $300 - $400 on one of that size, but if that is unrealistic then please let me know.
I want a 16:9 screen that is going to be stationary. I also do kind of like the black velvet bezel look that is around most screens, so that is not an issue for me. I did see a black diamond screen in the store yesterday, and while it's cool, I'm definitely not looking for something like that.
So please leave me some suggestions, thanks!