So I think I've decided against the DNP 08-85 screen. I had an 80" sample for a week and I was comparing to my interim Elite Sabel 1.8 gain screen. I just didn't see much of a difference in my room between the two screens that would justify the 10X price. I think the DNP is best suited for light coming from above the screen. My problem light during the day is from the side so It didn't perform much better than the $380 Elite screen in that regard. Also, because the Elite is listed at 1.8 gain it was much brighter than the 0.8 DNP which I preferred both for sports duing the day AND movies at night. There is a bit of hot spotting on the Elite but not terrible. Go figure. I actually preferred the $380 screen over the $3800 screen. Maybe the DNP is just not the best screen for my application. One thing I still need to see is if the DNP 08-85 material throws less light back to my room that has bright colored walls and a white ceiling. Obviously the Elite screen has its flaws which is why my search for a screen continues. At this point I am looking for something in between the two price points and I'm looking for advice. Ready to buy now.
Projector - Sony HW50es
Screen Size - 110 to 115" max / 16:9
Throw - 12' max for now
Seating Distance - 11 to 13'
Viewing break down - 40% sports, 10% hdtv, 50% movies, some 3D.
Non-dedicated living room with some ambient and room lighting from the side and opposite the screen but no light from above the screen. Walls are tan, tan carpet, and white vaulted ceiling about 4' from the top of the screen. I may be open to painting my walls a bit darker color if necessary but can't black out the room.
I might take another look at BD because of my side ambient light issue but the poor wide angle viewing, color shift, and sparkles, and price has me hesitant. I close the curtains on the problem window if I have to but that gets me back to ground zero in deciding on a screen. I more worried about getting the best screen for my room than the cost but aside from the Black Diamond's side ambient like rejection, what other screen will give me the best performance overall?
I'm probably thinking gray and gain in the 1.2 to 1.4 range.
Help / advice is needed.