I just finished my 3-month marriage with the VUTEC Silverstar. I used it with my Ruby and, although I loved how bright it was, I could not get over the sparkling created on bright white scenes - after much debate I decided to return it to the vendor and I'm now shopping for a new screen.
My room is set up to project on a 16:9 110 diagonal fixed screen placed at 12' 6 from the projector lens. Based on this configuration, I can expect between 5 to 10 Foot Lamberts on a Matte White Screen (1x gain), depending on how I configure the projector iris. The calculations are displayed here: http://members.cox.net/ricvieira/Hom...2%20of%202.htm
The viewing position is between 100 to 112 from the screen. At the closest viewing distance, the screen occupies 51.2 degrees of the viewer's horizontal field of vision. I know many will say that a smaller screen size would be a better match, but I really like the sense of immersion with the 110 screen.
I can make the room pitch black. The screen wall is painted dark purple, and the side walls are painted light purple with a white door on the left side. The carpet is light brown - and the ceiling is white, but it is shaped as an inverted V with the lowest part connected to the screen wall (therefore, it does not reflect the screen light). In my humble opinion, there is minimal reflected light in the room, but please check the setup at: http://members.cox.net/ricvieira/Hom...reen/index.htm
I have given special consideration to the Stewart screens below:
Stewart Studiotek 130 - although not very bright, it has a fantastic 160 degree viewing cone, with a 75 degree half gain angle - and these are very desirable features in my small room setup. Nevertheless, I read that you need to have dark walls / floor / ceiling to make the best of this screen - see room description above
Stewart FireHawk G3 - this seems to be the screen Stewart recommends for most home theater setups. My concern is that my setup has the projector a little bit closer than the minimum throw distance (96 screen width x 1.6 = 154 minimum throw distance, my setup has the projector at 150 throw distance), so I'm concerned about light fallout at the edges of the screen.
Stewart FireHawk SST - the minimum throw distance is not an issue with my setup, but it is the least bright screen in this group.
I'm open to looking into any other Stewart screens - and I would really appreciate any feedback that help me make an educated decision.
Thanks in advance,