I decided to pull the trigger on a new projector to replace my Epson 8100. I've been projecting to a 144" screen painted on the wall with Behr flat paint, so nothing special. I briefly talked with AC Science and Visual Apex and would like the forums input on my screen decision.
I'm leaning towards a B-stock JVC RS45 but am also still considering the Epson 5010 or 5020. The projector decision is partly based on the screen size.
Some key points:
- I'd like to go as large as possible without compromising image quality or brightness.
- I like a bright image, something that pops.
- 80% 2D Bluray movie watching; 20% HDTV
- My budget is roughly $1000 for the screen. Fixed Frame.
- Desired screen size is 120”-133”
- Seating distance is 12’-15’
- Projector distance is 12’-23’
- I’m willing to do something to reduce light bounce on the ceiling and floor near the screen.
I have over $1000 of Best Buy gift cards that I’d like to use for the screen or projector if possible. They carry Screen Innovations and I was looking at their 120” budget screen. The other option is to get the Epson projector from them.
Using the projector calculator, it seems that the JVC is not bright enough for 130” without adding screen gain to 1.3 OR changing the zoom to 2x (are there any downsides to this?)
I’ve got three options:
1. Mike from AVS recommends a Carada Brilliant White with 1.2 gain, about $1100.
2. Visual Apex’s Line – 120”- 135” for about $500
3. Something from Best Buy:
3A: High end - Screen Innovations 120" with Solar 4K 1.3-gain screen material = $1400
3B: lower end - SI Sensation 120" with 1.0 gain screen material= $700
3C: Elite or some other brand they carry online.
So here’s where my questions start:
1. Can the JVC do 133”? If yes, what screen do you recommend?
2. Is there a difference in image quality between Visual Apex’s screen and Carada? I understand the Carada may be sturdier, but I’m more concerned about the image.
3. Any other suggestions or recommendations?
Thanks in advance!