I have read through this thread completely and have learned a great deal.
I've changed my projector plans from the Sony Pearl to the JVC RS1 based on reviews.
My biggest concern now is getting the right screen for this projector.
My room is 24' wide and 26' deep with 12' ceilings. The screen will be placed in the middle of a 24' wide wall. All HT seating is directly in front of the screen and consists of a large sectional.
It is a finished walk out basement, so there are some windows on the North wall and a door that can be covered with blinds and heavy drapes. However, there is an open stairway leading to the main floor that allows some uncontrolled ambient light, enough that the light reaches the far wall but not enough to read by at mid room. Walls are dark green, carpet is tan, ceiling white. So, obviously not an ideal dedicated home theater. However, we have decided to keep our 65" rear projection and use that for casual viewing and reserve the PJ for movies and gaming which usually happens when light is not an issue.
From what I have read, the Da lite High Power Cinema Contour with a 2.8 gain is an ideal choice of screen for my application.
Here's where I need the help.
If I sit 12 to 13 feet back from the screen, how large of a screen can I get and still have 'comfortable' viewing? Initially I thought 106", now considering 110", but have been told 120", even 126", would be okay too?
Here are my projector mounting option. Please help me choose which is best to get maximum benefit from this screen. Again, seating is at 12' to 13', all centered within screen width. 'My' seating is direct dead center
1. PJ at 24 feet, 7 feet high on shelf, at back of room, dead center of screen.
2. PJ at 13 feet, 4 to 5 feet high on table top/cabinet, just behind seating area, dead center.
3. PJ at 10 feet, 3 feet high on table top, in front of seating area, dead center.
Screen can be placed at just about any height due to high ceiling.
Each option has its advantages and drawbacks in terms of cable length, PJ noise, ease of set up, etc.
Please help me figure this out.
Thank you all.