Let me start off by saying I do not have a dedicated HT room as of right now. I do have a room quite capable of getting very dark. White walls...Living room has a half wall at the back that opens up to the kitchen so that makes the room less than ideal acoustically(but my speakers still please me
) Viewing distance will be about 14.5 feet away. Here's what I'm looking at - Optoma HD33, BenQ W1070, Epson 3010.
So a couple of minor details - My mother in law is staying with us for a while and as such her big ass bookshelves came with her and are in the living room. They are so big that they take up about 3.5 feet w of wall space each. Combined with my P363 towers that leaves about a 6 foot viewing area. (These are very rough numbers as my tape measurer is missing. Having a 2 year old leads to many lost items.) So...I have a 6 foot width viewing angle and some P363 towers that stand about 3.5 feet tall on a wall roughly 9 feet high. So my question - Can I hang a screen in front of my towers if it is not an acoustically treated screen? If not, with the 14 foot viewing distance will it work having the image thrown 4 feet off the ground with the other measurements given? Also, how bad would it look being projected onto a white wall, sans screen? I can get a 92 inch screen and just upgrade down the road to a bigger one when we have more wall space I suppose.
Concerning pricing: The HD 33 is roughly 1370 on average. I can get the BenQ for 1320 with a 92 inch fixed screen from Visual Apex. I can get the Epson 3010 for 1272 with a 92 inch screen. Both packages from VA come with mounts, dust covers, calibration discs, and HDMI cables.
So...92 inch screen and one of those projectors or projecting onto a bare white wall and the Optoma HD33? (The optoma plus screen cost is out of the price range unless I buy a refurbished one.) I guess I could also get a 60 or 65 inch for around 1500 as well but...Yeah. A projector would be so awesome. It will be mostly movies with some gaming. 3D would be pretty cool to have.
Edit: Is there much difference between a pull down screen and a fixed? My wife would prefer the pull down I'm sure.