I'm diving into a projector setup for the first time, and am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I just pulled the trigger on a BenQ W1070 given the overwhelmingly positive reviews in the "low cost" category. I'm also wanting to start out with a cost friendly screen (ideally <$500). My questions are really around the use of a standard screen vs audio transparent. From what I've found so far, it seems the best setups have the center channel directly behind the screen, and therefore would need to use an AT screen. As I've thought about my own setup, I've also realized that if I were to use a non-AT screen, I'd ether need to put the center channel way up high, or way down low. This caused me to raise this question:
--If the large size of projector screens will force you to place the center channel way up high or way down low (neither of which is desired), and having the center channel placed directly behind the screen is ideal, why wouldn't everyone use an AT screen? Am I missing something?
Is it simply that non-AT screens have a better picture for the money? Does it come down to trade-offs between picture quality vs. sound quality? Perhaps another way to ask the question is: If money were no object, then would all setups use AT screens with the center channel behind the screen?
I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile or videophile, but I probably value the sound quality a bit more than picture quality. And as I said, I'm looking at the lower end of the cost spectrum for a projector screen. So far, the one that I'm being drawn to is this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00934CQ1K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
I'm looking at the 100" size, though I'm actually concerned it might be too big, given that I have a slanted ceiling and would be forced to hang it fairly low. How low is too low for a 100" screen? The viewing distance would be roughly 13' (front row), with the projector also back about 13'. I will also have a back row with stadium seating. The ceiling height is about 8'7", and the room width is 13'.
I'd love to hear some thoughts and advice from the experts!