Just got back from a weekend at the second home. FINALLY got some help and was able to install the screen.
It is a SeymourAV 120 retractable. 120" image width, 16:9 ratio. Standard XD fabric. Retractables all have the black backing.
My only problem was mounting the screen to the wall. It is BIG and HEAVY. I thought I could do it alone, but no go. It is almost 134" wide and weights about 90#. Too big and unwieldily to do alone. (You do NOT want to drop something this expensive!)
Once placed on the mounting bracket, you basically take off two velcro strips, plug it in and go. Very simple.
I fired up the Sony HW40 and watch some video. Certainly an upgrade from watching on a sheetrock wall.
Room is about 12.5 wide. Projector is mounted 16ft from screen. Seating distance is about 11 ft.
Keep in mind that I have no basis for comparison. This is my first projection setup. That said, I thought the picture was great.
The room is still under construction. Ceiling and floor is in, but walls are still sheetrock with primer. I am sitting on patio chairs for now. The bright white walls help reflect light quite a bit. The wood ceiling/floor has helped a lot in this regard.
There is a window on one wall. This will be treated with a blackout curtain. Since I really only watch movies at night, the room is effectively light controlled. This is a home in the "country" and there is no light at all coming in at all after the sun sets.
I had a chance to watch most of two movies. Both on Blu-Ray. At first they appeared a little too bright. I have a calibration disc, but haven't run it yet (waiting to finish room). After playing with some settings on the projector, I was able to get a much better picture. I am sure I will be able to dial things in very well through calibration.
Legends of the Fall was the first movie I fired up. I thought I was seeing the screen "weave." Then I turned off "reality creation." Things became "softer" and the "pattern" disappeared.
Next movie I tried was Skyfall. Partly because I like the movie, but also because so many see to use that as a "reference point" movie for testing things out. Here, reality creation made things incredibly sharp but didn't cause the "pattern" effect I saw on Legends. I think it has to do with the age of the movie or quality of the transfer.
At 11 ft away from the screen, I could not see a pattern. I don't have a teenager's eyes anymore, but am sensitive to these things. If that is the only thing worrying you, I would say don't sweat it at all.
Picture quality was great. Both movies have a mix of dark and light scenes. Again, things looked a bit bright at first but were easy enough to correct with some settings. When I finish my walls in darker colors, that will help too.
Acoustic quality of the screen - wow. It is like the screen isn't there. I was very impressed.