Originally Posted by BestInTheWorld
then a screen is a huge waste of money IMO.
Da-Lite HP screens are pretty reasonably priced (especially if you get a manual pulldown).
The image is slightly sharper than what appears on a wall, but more importantly it is twice as bright.
Some paint is probably ALMOST as sharp, but regular paint is not (trust me I've tried it).
The difference is not huge, but it's there. Screens also provide better contrast than regular white wall.
If wanting to save money, the thing to do is to DIY a screen, but using regular wall paint is NOT as good as a screen, sorry...
$600 for an 84 inch screen IS A COMPLETE RIP-OFF. I would not bother investing in a screen for this size anyhow, I would make a DIY screen.
At that small size, you can probably get a DA-Lite HP screen under $150 in manual pulldown, or fixed at that size probably less than $300.
You can get regular 1.0 to 1.4 gain screens for well under $200 at that size even for a fixed frame, so that price is too high.
It makes more sense to spend $500 to $1000 on a screen for a $3000 projector, but not for a $1000 projector.