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James, while I have a Draper M1300 screen -- I'd have to agree that a DIY solution can look really good. Its hard to beat the price performance ratio of a DIY screen.
In regards to the GrayHawk looking "bluish" (or whatever). You need to take into account that the viewing environment is going to have a huge impact on how you view things. This goes for comparing any screen material.
Human vision is very forgiving, but there are certain things that do "catch your eye". Best example of this is the extremely high brightness/contrast settings used by default in most consumer TVs. Far higher than you want/need for optimum viewing as we've all learned by using AVIA or VE. Why do the default to so bright? Sells more TVs.
What about color accuracy? Well, VE has a test sequence that shows a center window of a fixed color, and then varies the surrounding background color. As you watch this sequence you see the "fixed color" section get redder, then bluer. Hmm. Yes, it is an optical illusion.
Where does this leave the high end consumer trying to make the "right" choice? In a difficult position certainly.
Without finding a store that will demo exactly what you want (screen + projector) you're going to have to make a leap of faith.
If you can put together a home brew optical comparator this will help with your color perception. Search the forum(s) for optical comparator.
Black level and image quality you should be able to check for with the samples.