I intend to ceiling mount an electric screen that will drop in-front of a wall-mounted LCD (so fixed screen won't work) and possibly some speakers (I'm not too concerned about muffling). I am using a Viewonic PJD7820HD - extremely bright (3000 lumens) but poor blacks. I have been projecting onto a grey wall which helps with the contrast.
This will go into a room with a white ceiling and grey walls. We will most likely sit between 10 and 15ft from the screen (we will literally slide the sofa back when we fire up the projector). I am looking for a screen between 110 and 130". My budget is extremely low, hence the Viewsonic
There will most likely be minimal ambient lighting, but it could be completely dark if necessary.
During my research I've found the Elite Screens Spectrum Electric125H would fit my needs quite well, but with somewhat limited availability I think it's more expensive than it should be: $310 from some unknown seller om Amazon with who knows what return policy or a little more from Elite Screens themselves. CamelCamelCamel tells me that it was available from Amazon for ~$235, but it hasn't been available at that price for over 6 months. It's also out of stock from Walmart.com.
I would like to buy from Amazon.com or Walmart and I've noticed that the Elite Screens Spectrum Electric128X is available with free shipping for $255 from both stores . Has anyone used a 16:9 projector on a 16:10 screen? Could I "mod" the projector to lower the black border, or add some velvet of my own without screwing up the mechanism. Maybe buying the 16:10 screen would give me more flexibility over the drop?
Is this a stupid idea and do people know what's going on with the limited availability of ~125" Elite Spectrum screens?