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Originally Posted by jwithing View Post
Hey guys, I've read through a ton of this thread and am now more confused than before. I am buying a new house and leaving my old setup. I could use some expertise in picking the best setup for my needs.

I am looking at picking up an Epson 5030UB to replace my Optoma HD25e. The dilemma I am facing is deciding which screen to get. I though I was settled on a Black Diamond .8 gain, but not sure if I should go for the 1.4 or the SLATE instead. My room is the basement, 155 inches wide and approximately 30 feet deep with a pool table on the far side. There are no windows and the double french door is on the far side by the pool table, so sunlight shouldn't be a big concern. I really want ALR so that I can entertain with the lights on. Lighting is 8 recessed lights and a pool table light.

Any recommendations for slate vs black diamond and the gain? I wanted the Black Diamond for the optimum ALR quality and I thought the .8 gain made the screen more black and looked really cool, more like a tv. I'm planning on viewing distance being 12 feet and a 4 person theater seating system. I thought .8 gain would reduce the risk of hot spotting and thought the epson would provide plenty of light.

The price isn't really a concern, but if the quality differences aren't very apparent, I could use a thousand dollar saving for an outdoor tv.

Thanks in advance!
The long/narrow room with the screen at the far end will not see much benefit from an ALR screen when most/all of the ambient light will be coming from the same exact angle as the projector.

You'll have better luck going with a more modestly priced and less aggressive screen while working to keep those lights directed downward and off the screen. Narrow spot-bulbs, dimmer switches, dark-colored walls (and ceiling if least near the screen)..this is where your effort should focus the strongest.

Simple <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room, build in a day, takedown in an hour.
Easy $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
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That's definetely not at all what I was expecting. Thank you for your honest input. Are you saying it would be overkill or just completely worthless to go with an ALR screen all together? I plan on upgrading the recessed lights, so I can go more directional, and using remote controlled dimmers, but not too keen on dark walls or ceiling. Is there a different screen that you would recommend? Im not worried about the price/going overkill, but if its pointless, I definitely would like to persue better options. Thanks!
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