I am considering installing a projector in my living room. Here in NYC, with land at such a premium, having a separate media room is a $1MM endeavor. Second, I would like to take back my living room and get rid of the plasma. The room specs are as follows. 13'x20'. I would be looking to have the screen at one end of the 20' foot run and the projector at the other. The projector would be at 8-10 ft and is very well located relative to my media closet (server, switch, etc) . The screen would be in front of a set of french doors that open up to the street (and down a couple flights) . These doors are the only source of natural direct light in the room. I would be looking for a screen that has acoustic pass through qualities. My A/V equipment today consists of a Meridian 861 v4 with the HDMI switch, Oppo player and Dune media streamer. Speakers are Salk SS8's and a corresponding center channel.
I am thinking a JVC DLA-RS4810U or DLA-X55R. They seem to be well regarded, stable and not crazy expensive. I should note, 3D has no appeal to me, but PQ is of great importance.
I am struggling with the screen, but I am thinking the automated Stewart Screen Luxus A with acoustic qualities, as their white paper makes a convincing argument for the their acoustic weave over a perforated screen. My initial thoughts were to put the screen as back as possible. However, according to the Projector Central screen calculator, assuming 16:9 screen with a 14' throw, I should get a 103" diagonal screen, 90" wide and 51" high.
Seems absolutely massive! Should block out any light from the window! How much will this screen weigh? Having done the math and seeing the size of the screen needed, I think it would be better to put all the speakers behind the screen, (move the screen forward a couple feet, as Stewart Screen says the speakers need to be at least 12" behind the screen).
With that, before I start hiring contractors and ripping our ceilings, I wanted to get some opinions or any input of things I am forgetting.
1) Ease of use.
2) picture quality
3) sound quality
4) if there is cheaper alternative to any of my choices that will do an "as good" job, I would love to hear about them!
Don't care about 3D
One other question, if I am running a 30 foot HDMI extension. Is it better to get a 30 foot HDMI cable or a cat 6e/cat 7 HDMI extender?
Any input would he greatly appreciated.