Originally Posted by joedeeze
Thank you for the reply. I made post a few days ago about painting my wall gray, but I came across the silverticket and it looked like a great deal.
Any chance you might be able to help me with my screen choice?
In a nutshell I'm just really having a tough time figuring out what approach to take.
I want to be able to play some games and watch movies in my room with some ambient light, and I'd also like a boost to contrast. If a little brightness is lost I would be okay with it.
How much brightness would you estimate would be lost if I used the silverticket screen rather than a white one, projecting from 13 feet away with a benq w1070? Do you think I would have improved contrast and be able to watch with some ambient light? Is some brightness the only thing that is lost? Also, picture uniformity is important to me.
The room I'll be using is not a dedicated theater and I will have a sliding door off to the left of the screen, but no windows other than that. The walls and ceilings are off white.
I should mention that this is my first projector and this will be my first screen. I'd be willing to pay up to $500 for the screen if it makes a huge difference. Looking for 120"
With a bright room like you're describing , Joe, there are trade-offs involved. Before we get to screens, Let's talk about your projector.
The projector you're planning on using (Benq w1070) has phenomenal light output in every mode, (1700 plus lumens in Normal lamp, 1300 plus lumens in Eco) which is a great starting off point. Lots of projectors make claims of high light output, but those are usually in their highest Dynamic modes which give up color accuracy in return for more light. When asked to put out in more natural color modes, they always fall way short of the Benq1070. The Only Home theater projector I know of that can put out as much light as the Benq1070 in all its modes is the Sony hw40es at about 2.5 times the price. The Panasonic ae-8000 is even brighter in some modes, but at 2.5 to 3 times the price. So, really you have the best bang for the buck with the Benq1070.
The reason I'm talking so much about the Benq's light output is because, with such a bright projector, you should first see how much of an ambient light problem you have before you start thinking about what screen to use. My advise to you, Joe, as a first time projector user, is to set up your projector and project it on your bare white walls. The Results may happily surprise you. Or at the very least, give you a much more accurate idea of what direction you want to go in terms of what screen to use. Good Luck, and report back your results. Then We'll talk about screens.