I am a projector noob. Having done some research, and with the help of forum members I was able to make an educated decision on what size screen, what type of screen and what projector to get for my room. Thought I'll put them here, so it could help others in my position.
These are the two calculators that brought it all together.
This first one only needs you to know what projector you want to buy. You can try various projectors and see what fits your needs. You can try various screen sizes and various distances for the projector. You can also change the screen 'gain' with various screen sizes and distances too. This works for both 16:9 and 2.35:1 screen calculations. Very easy to use, really no math involved.
But, I think this calculator assumes the projector position to be ideal. However, in my case I would rather set the projector in the back wall and and not centered but rather to the left of the screen and at a certain height as well. So, this calculator doesn't calculate position changes.
From the first calculator I found out I could get a 146" scope screen for my room (of course you need to make sure the room size and seating position would allow for such a size). But I would need the screen to have 1.8 gain. So, Da-lite high power with 2.4 gain could work. However, I didn't know how much more gain I would need by putting the PJ in a non ideal spot and whether 2.4 gain fo the Da-lit high power be enough.
This calculator solved that
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE. This told me the 2.4 gain screen in my case will efectively be a 1.9 screen considering my not so ideal PJ location. Just perfect.
There are many other calculators on the web. But I found these two to be the easiest to use. This one looks pretty good too
Hope this will help other newbies too. PLEASE FREE TO LIST THE WEBSITES AND CALCULATORS THAT HELPED YOU AS A REPLY.
The search function helped me some what and to make it easier to search, let me put some key words
- What screen size do I get?
- What gain screen should I get?
- what screen should I get?