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Hi all,

I'm sure this has been asked before but I'm trying to get the latest opinion as I need to move fairly quickly on a screen for my HT set up. I have a Epson 8350 in a basement that has some ambient light that can be controlled with blinds with a throw distance of 13.5 - 14ft. I will be using this for movies, sporting events, gaming, and general shows.

I am looking for a 120" 16:9 fixed frame screen. Please let me know what gain, color - white/gray you all suggest based on the info provided above.

I've been looking at Visual Apex 1.1 found here:
http://www.visualapex.com/Projector-Screens/Projector_Screen_Details.asp?chPartNumber=VAPEX9120

Also, Elite Screens R120WH1 ezFrame Fixed Projection Screen ( 120-Inch 16:9 AR)(CineWhite):
http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-R120WH1-Projection-120-Inch/dp/B000YUG02S

Another Elite - ER120WH1 Sable Fixed Frame Projection Screen (120 inch 16:9 AR)
http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-ER110WH1-Projection-Screen/dp/B00366TZ3S/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373255960&sr=1-3&keywords=elite+sable

What are you guys thoughts... I'd love to get some feedback. I dont want to go the Jamestown route due to the long wait time.


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I found this Monoprice screen for $477 - it's 120in 16:9, in HD Grey with .8 gain.

What do you guys think and does anyone recommend monoprice?

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10829&cs_id=1082914&p_id=7963&seq=1&format=2#description

I don't like the logo being there on center but can deal with it if this is truly the best option.

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Here's another screen that I'm seriously thinking about purchasing. I'm local to the area and can purchase it for 360.

120in 16:9 Focupix high contrast grey screen with .9 gain found here:

http://www.htdepot.com/Focupix-Widescreen-Fixed-Frame-Screen-125-p/40027.htm

What do you guys think?
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The price is not my only requirement - I want the best performing screen that is suitable for the room that I had described within that budget

I'll check out that link. Anyone else able to let me know what they think of the Focupix Screen i high contrast grey with .9 gain?
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The price is not my only requirement - I want the best performing screen that is suitable for the room that I had described within that budget

Yes, of course you want the best screen for the money, my point was you were not looking for a certain screen fabric like AT or High gain.. Everyone who has asked that question want the best. As you go back though the pages of the search you will find lots of answers to your same question.
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Another question.. Should I go with matte white 1.1 gain or high contrast grey .9 gain in a non dedicated home theater that may have some ambient light and white walls for now? I know grey has better black levels but white may be brighter
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You probably should contact the screen manufacture and request a sample pack of their available screen fabrics. This way you can hang them up in your environment (they are only about 1 foot square) to see if you get hot spotting, sparkleies, or visible texture. I have read more than a few unhappy posts over the years about budget screen texture, sparkles and hot spots. One fabric may be fine with one projector in one environment and completely awful with a different projector in a different environment. This goes for high end stuff as well, so it is always best to check samples first.
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Hi Project H,

 

I'm also looking to buy a screen for under $600. What did you end up doing and do you have any suggestions?

 

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