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If your going to be watching 16 feet or more back, I would recomend a screen about 8 feet wide.
That size screen will need some gain.
If your going to table mount, than a retro-reflective screen is the way to go and the Da-Lite high power is a no-brainer. retro-reflective screens don't hotspot. The light hits the screen and goes back to the source
If your ceiling mounting, than I think it can be a toss up. Stewart makes a great 1.8, Draper's 2.5 is very good, and the high power still works well even in ceiling mount.
Tom has obviously had good success with the draper; but, I think some people are still having streaks, color abrerations, etc. in their samples. 2.5 gain is going to have a touch of hotspotting but the LT150 does have some uniformity to spare.
Also, you don't have to paint your walls black to have a good room, off-white pastels are usually in the .7 reflectance range. These will work way better than bright white. Remeber, something has to absorb the light at some point! A super white colored room is going to allow the projector to wash it's own image out. Along those lines, make sure your lighting is direct as possible where you need it. Indirect lighting throws a bunch of light around that will eventually wash out your screen.
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