Hello, I am preparing to pull the trigger on a Sony HW50ES to upgrade my Epson 6500.
Can anybody recommend a screen? My 132" is too big for my new room so I am going to look at picking up a 96" fixed frame and position it on a plywood stand closer to my seats (96" away) to get the immersive size I'm used to. All else being equal, and because this is probably only for a few years, I was considering just grabbing a cheap gray screen (for black levels) such as the Elite EzFrame CineGray ($334), but I do want to make sure I have enough brightness for good 3D. It also occurred to me that my room is very narrow (less than 10ft) and the walls are therefore very close, so it might be in my interest to get a screen with some gain since I understand that reduces side reflections. I'd be willing to spend 2 to 3 times the cost of the Elite if the added benefit is really worth it, but I'm not itching to drop $2k on a screen that small. I think I'd want a black velvet border for contrast since the screen will be "floating", but wouldn't want the border too thick as it would impede my speaker placement.
This will be a 100% light controlled room with color neutral gray eggshell walls and matte black ceiling. Here is a pic of the room and a scale diagram of my plan--note that the bay window will be completely sealed off and the 96" screen will be between the two speakers:
Thanks in advance for any advice!