Bare with me here,
I am still in the process of deciding on a screen to pair with either an Epson 6020 or a Sony hw50es. It will be in an living room with some ambient light during the day. My seating ranges from 9' on the sides to almost 14' at the center / optimal viewing location. Projector placment is flexible. Initially, though expensive, I was thinking Black Diamond because this seems to be the standard for rooms like mine. The problem is, with so many variables to consider, without being able to try different projector and screen combinations in my room, I am forced to do tons of research before I buy. It seems your return options are limited for both the screens and the projector even when spending $5K+.
So I borrowed an Epson 3020 to get an idea of brightness and screen size (first projector). I am impressed / surprised with the overall image brightness and quality even in the middle of the day with all blinds open from all seating locations. I am projecting straight on my light brown / toape textured wall. It was recommended that I go with a SI Black Diamond 106" to 110" max screen based on my room, what I'm watching, and viewing distance. The problem is that when zooming to an image size of 130"+ I still don't feel it is too big for the room. Once problem I DO see is that with brighter scenes it lights up the entire room. As I said my walls are toape and I have vaulted white ceiling that is about 4 to 5 feet from the top of the screen when zoomed to max size. Carpet is tan.
Now my questions:
- When projecting on a screen rather than my wall, with there be less reflection back into the room? Will the light reflected into the room be more or less with a higher gain screen (Black Diamond 1.4)?
Am I sacrificing picture quality when the room IS blacked out at night if using a Black Diamond or Firehawk screen rather than a screen optimized for a blacked out room? How do they compare?
- With an Epson 6020 or Sony Hw50es and screen get me close to the image quality of my 1080i LCD TV compared to the 3020 directly on the wall?
Now that I have seen how good a Blu-ray movie can look in my living room right on the wall at 130" I am more hesitant to compromise the viewing experience of movies at night for a brighter and higher contrast image during the day. Especially when paying such a premium as you do on the Black Diamond or Firehawk G3. Also, the biggest BD they offer is 113"(115" for Zero Edge). I don't want to turn my room into a cave as this is my living room but I do want to optimize my movie viewing experience at night AND get good daytime movie/sports viewing on occasion during the day if possible.
Any advice and recommendations is appreciated. I have already been talking to the AVS guys but also wanted the unbiased opinions of the other forum members.