I need advice choosing a screen. I purchased an existing home a few years ago and now that the kids are getting older I thought it would be nice to have a home theater for them. When the home was built, they installed Left, Right, and Surround speakers in the walls and ceiling. I googled the speaker model number and believe them to be Destination Audio in-wall speakers. I will use them for now and upgrade them later if I feel the need. I have never had a projector and screen before and decided it was time to seek opinions from those with experience. The past couple of days I ordered a BenQ W1070 projector, Onkyo TX-NR818 receiver, Bic F12 sub, and Bic center channel speaker (which I’ll change later if I upgrade the in-walls so they all match). These items will be arriving this coming week. When I ordered the BenQ, I was planning to purchase an Elite Electric125H-A1080P2 screen thinking it was “good enough” and for the money I could upgrade it later. From the pictures below, the screen will be located in front of the fireplace. As a result, it must obviously be retractable (cha-ching). Also, due to the in-wall speakers and since the center channel will be located on top of the mantle behind the screen, the screen must be Acoustically Transparent (and cha-ching). As I thought about my screen selection more prior to ordering the Elite, I decided that I probably would be disappointed with the inevitable curling of a non-tensioned screen and also decided that I should try to future proof it as well. Therefore, I am now looking at some of the Motorized, Tab-Tensioned, Acoustically Transparent, 4K ready screens. I believe I have narrowed it down to either the EluneVision Reference Studio AudioWeave 4K (120” diagonal) or the Seymour Center Stage XD H110 (126.2” diagonal) with the EluneVision being the front runner at the moment based upon all the reading I have done on the forum. Due to the mantle, the screen will be about 10” from the wall containing the in-wall speakers (and 30” or more from the recessed areas around the fireplace. As reference, the 6 pieces of masking tape on the fireplace tile, mantle, and wall below the ceiling would have been the outside dimensions of the Elite 125" diagonal screen viewable area.
My concern with the EluneVision, from what I’ve read, is light passthrough reflecting back onto the back of the screen and causing problems. I think a black backing can be ordered on the EluneVision to prevent this but I’m trying to stay under $2000 for the screen.
My concern with the Seymour is that, again from what I’ve read, the weave tends to be more visible than the EluneVision. I expect couch seating will be located around 11’-12’ from the screen and there will be beanbags on the floor in front of the couch. I like that it reportedly has some gain vs the EluneVision but maybe that is not necessary?
There is a 9’ wide sliding glass door wall on the 15' wall in the "L" to the right but there are blackout curtains to block the light so the light can be well controlled during the day.
So experts and enthusiasts, in your opinion, what would be the best screen choice based upon the constraints of: Retractable, Tab-Tensioned, Acoustically Transparent, 4K ready, future proof, and ~$2000 budget (less is better). I may upgrade projectors in the future, but I don’t want to upgrade the screen. Any and all opinions and advice are welcomed.