I've been a lurker for quite sometime since I've been wanting to jump into the HD realm but have been on the fence. So, I finally made the leap into HD this past weekend and took advantage of the HHGregg offer.
I've been reading this forum and doing some online research and have a list of questions which I'd appreciate answers for before I start accessorizing
Please forgive me if some of these seem rudimentary:
-Since I have a rather sizeable collection of standard definition DVDs - and many are imported foreign films which won't see a Blu-ray release anytime soon - Upscaling is a critical component for me. I know most Blu-ray players have an upscaling capability but was wondering if something like an Oppo Blu-ray player will offer a dramatic improvement in upscaling vs a sub-$200 player from Samsung or Sony?
-I was at the Da-lite website researching screen types and materials. I noticed that their Matte White has a 1.0 gain and their High-Contrast Matte White has a 1.1 gain. Does 0.1 really make that much of a difference in the quality of the image projected? Will a 1.5 gain be excessive in a dark room/night viewing and cause my eyeballs to melt or make for an uncomfortable viewing?
-Is 110" diagonal screen the optimal size to use with this projector? Would I lose sharpness/contrast, black, etc by going to 120"? Does a high gain screen help when projecting a larger image?
-Haven't heard anyone mention pull-down or motorized screens. Are they not recommended because they're not affixed to a flat surface? Anybody have any experience with them and can provide input?
-Will using HDMI 1.4 vs. 1.3 provide a significant improvement in the image projected?
And just to pre-empt the usual questions, I will be using the projector for movie viewing mostly and occasionally sports during the day. I have a partially-controlled ambient light during the day. the depth of my Family Room is 17 feet.
My apologies for the long-winded post.....and thanks for all the useful information provided thus far.