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I am new to this HT 'business', so please bear with me.
I have just purchased a Sony VPL-VW50 'Pearl' projector. 1080p, SXRD (aka LCOS), 900 ANSI Lumens. On my 'dirty' white living room wall it projects a 'Wow!', 120" wide image even on low lamp mode. Very cinema-like.
I am now trying to decide on a screen type. It must be an electric, ceiling-mounted, tab-tensioned, motorised screen, and I have narrowed it down to two choices (both 16:9, 133" diagonal, or 116" wide):
A. Da-Lite High Contrast Cinema Vision (HCCV), 1.1 gain - not cheap, but reasonably priced; or
B. Stewart Firehawk Sony-Stewart (SST), 1.1 gain, specially-designed for the Sony 'Pearl' projector - 50%+ more expensive than HCCV.
My environment is a white-walled room with minimal light control. I would be watching the projector mostly at night, from about 13-15 feet away. The projector will be ceiling-mounted.
Has anyone had experience with any of these screens and projector? If yes, your valuable feedback would be greatly appreciated and helpful for taking a decision.
Also, the other day I was watching an electric motorised tab-tensioned Stewart Firehawk screen at one of the local area dealers. What disturbed me were a series of horizontal wrinkles (4 or 5, like straight lines) spanning all across the screen that were very obvious on the projected image. The salesperson said this was normal for a rolling-up screen and that they came from the way the top of the fabric was attached, but I find this unacceptable for a $5,000 screen assembly. Would something like this be indeed normal?