So I finally bought my projector after about a year and half. I did a ton of research about a year and half ago then did a bunch more research recently and finally bought a Panny 4000u instead of the Epson 8700ub I was also considering. I made the decision mostly because I wanted the decreased lag for gaming and I liked the image a little better based on what my untrained eye liked.
Well I have the projector in my living room and have been watching movies on my wall every night. Before I ordered my screen I tried a ton of different sizes on my wall, measuring them out trying to find that perfect size for my room. My wife and I finally agreed that we liked the picture quality in Cinema 1 Eco Mode and that the image still looked good at a 134" 16x9 screen (bigger is always better right!?!..err maybe not). So I ordered a Carada Brilliant White screen and its in the mail.
I told myself that the image would only get better because the wall I'm using is a creamy white color so I would be increasing my brightness from my 1.4 gain screen and I'll be painting those creamy walls a very dark burgundy so less ambient light. I also plan to put up blackout curtains and reduce my artificial lighting to two canned lights 4 feet behind the projector on a dimmer switch. All of this sounded great to me and I figured "hey I'm gonna have pretty good ambient light control for a living room".
Well as I normally do with a purhcase I started second guessing myself and reading reviews. I came across these articleshttp://www.projectorreviews.com/pana...00/screens.phphttp://www.projectorreviews.com/epso...00ub/image.phphttp://www.projectorreviews.com/pana...erformance.php
I had read all, but the ae7000 review before buying my projector and screen and everything seemed fine to me, but now I have two concerns.
My first concern is I never thought about the loss of light I would encounter as my bulb gets older. So I'm worried that though my image might look good now and might look even better once my screen arrives and my light control measure go into affect, it won't look good at the end of the bulb life.
The second concern I have is did I get the right screen and/or projector. I see these images in Art's reviews and it looks a lot like what I think my theater will look like when its done accept I'll have burundy instead of rust paint and I wont leave the shades open. According to these articles the Panny has 930 lumens in Calibrated Dynamic and the Epson has 1194. Now the image in the Dynamic Mode screen shots for the Epson look great, but those are on a 128" screen (I believe Firehawk) and my screen is bigger, 1.4 gain Brilliant White, and has less lumens so that makes me pretty nervous.
Granted currently almost 100% of my viewing is at night where I won't be getting any outside sunlight, but once I have my screen installed I'm guessing I'm going to want to invite people over on occassion for a Football/Video Game. The other variable is I hope to move in a few years and at that point build a dedicated theater room so I'd like the screen I buy to still be viable then in better lighting conditions.
In closing any input would be great. Technically I could return my screen and pay a restocking fee and the projector could probably be sold? Maybe? I got it for only $1,700 so I think I could get a big chunk of that back. I dunno. Thanks for reading my ramblings.