Originally Posted by tannat
According to Arts review at projectorreviews.com you should be fine with a grey screen at 110":http://www.projectorreviews.com/mits...00/screens.php
This projector gives very high lumens in calibrated mode.
I'm thinking of going with a 110" high contrast gray screen with this projector. Will check how it works out in the local store first though.
You must dissect his comments carefully:
1. Art's 'very high lumens
' was in 'best mode', which is high lamp mode, BC on, etc. High lamp mode will be quite a bit louder, in fact Art mentioned it's fairly noisy, not to mention it shortens lamp life. Also, BC makes things unnatural.
2. Art mentioned he was using a Firehawk G3 high contrast gray screen. This screen has a gain of 1.25 and is something like $2000 depending on size/type. Also, with any screen gain above 1.00, you run the chance of seeing 'sparklies' and reducing viewing angle.
In low lamp, BC off, you're looking at 565 lumens.
With a reasonably priced high contrast gray, like one from htdepot, you're looking at a 0.9 gain screen, which will reduce brightness down.
With a 110" diagonal 0.9 screen and 565 lumens, you'd be ok for movies in a dark room (you should be getting about 15 fL). This is movie theater type brightness. But if you like brighter images (plasma like), and/or you have some ambient light (sports, etc.), then this might be a little low for you. For Sports you might want to kick in high-lamp. It's extra noise may not be much of a factor for sports, etc.