Originally Posted by talkingparrots
Good Day fellow cinephiles.
Currently I have a Da-Lite High Power 120 inch wide Cinemascope screen with a Viewsonic Pro8200.
To say the image is a stunner is quite an understatement.
In a few months I'll be moving into a new home, with some extra money, and I have one goal- build a 200 inch home theater with the same level of brightness as my current setup.
So far I've decided on a few things-
I'll need a
1. Vutech 6.0 Gain Silverstar screen (If this is a wrong choice let me know, I currently use a 2.8 Gain High Power and LOVE it)
2. The room is going to be 20 X 20
3. It will be in 2.35 format
Now my question to you is, what projector?
Should I use the stacking method?
I am not the biggest videophile, but I understand the concept of good pq, is it possible to get something gorgeous on a 200 inch screen with any decent commercial projectors?
It's good you are getting some help in the direction you want to go, but I'll add (with others) some notes of caution concerning your quest:
Are you sure you'll be happy limiting your choice of projectors so severely (to ones bright enough to light up such a screen on your budget?). This will build-in a permanent restriction on any future projectors you may buy - you may have to pass up some really nice advancements in picture quality because the greatest advancements tend to happen in the "normal" less bright projector offerings from other companies (or, alternately, at huge prices for the ultra-high end projectors that try to combine these advances WITH really high brightness). Just a thought for the future...
How sensitive are you to screen artifacts? You are lucky with your current HP screen - it is a high gain screen with a very smooth surface and shows very little screen texture or "sparklies." Moving up to a 6.0 gain from another manufacturer, Silverstar, is a whole different ball game in that regard. The Silverstars are known for having more pronounced screen texture (sparkly/crystally texture overlaying the projected image) vs the HP screen. Again, going 200" builds in this permanent restriction on the screen surfaces available for your use. Be sure you can put up with the compromises that happen with such really high gain screen materials.
And as others have mentioned is more likely to interact with your room, further affecting contrast. (As well as having to fully zoom out the image).
The upshot is: In moving to a screen that large, even if you sat a distance in which the screen looked the same size as your current screen (in other words, if you sit further away from your 200" screen so it fills the same angle of view as your current screen), you are likely to get somewhat worse image quality. Sitting closer to your new 200" screen will likely decrease the relative picture quality further.
Now, if you truly have a lust for such a huge screen, and for some people a massive screen trumps other considerations as they enjoy the sheer size, then go for it. But these are things to consider...you may not enjoy the same quality you have now.