Originally Posted by HDextreme
I'm probably exaggerating with the Imax experience I don't think I want wall to wall I agree totally but I measured the 125in screen with about 2ft space on each side and plenty of room top and bottom with my wall.
I will definitely check out the x35 from jvc but why an acoustic transparent screen I thought that was for putting speaker
behind the screen? I could paint darker also that's not a problem. Thanks for the advice.
I was reading the imax comment too literally. if you had a screen wall to wall, then you'd want the acoustically transparent screen because your speakers would be behind it.
you can completely ignore that if your won't have speakers behind the screen. and that's probably a good thing. the non transparent screens are much cheaper, and usually better, and definitely come in more options(gain, size, quality, etc).
so, if I had a 5k budget, i'd probably go with this(based on me being in Canada and these guys being 'local')
120" 4k reference tab tensioned electric screen
bundled with 3D emitter, 2 pairs of glasses, spare bulb, and projector mount for about $4200 CDN
they didn't have a 125" screen available in that bundle that would suit your needs, but it's just an example. i'm sure you could either grab a cheaper 125" or just a different manufacturer
as for the room, you will want to do some painting to help, but it's not all or nothing. with your room as is, I would expect performance similar to a cheaper LCD as far as contrast and blacks go (based on you using the jvc x35). paint the walls and block up those windows and it'll be comparable to a good LCD/cheap plasma. toss a dark area rug down, and paint the ceiling and it'll be darn close to a good plasma.
i'm currently using an x35 in a room with dark carpet, but white ceiling, and medium tan walls. with the projector going I can EASILY read by the light reflecting off my room. most of that is my ceiling i'm sure. I still find the picture quality absolutely stunning! I am planning a little reno project to paint the ceiling and darken the walls, but i'm doing that not so much because the picture is washed out, it really isn't, but because the room being so bright is kind of distracting. I want the screen to be the only thing that draws my attention.
you could also combat the room reflections a bit by using a higher gain screen, or even a grey screen. the higher gain focuses the light more, meaning less is reflected onto the ceiling/floor to behind with. the grey material is simply darker, so it looks 'blacker' even with extra light reflected back onto it.
I wouldn't give up completely. just be prepared to do some painting, and keep an open mind to keep going darker and darker as needed. you don't have to paint the entire room flat black right away. but for the love of god, stop buying things for the room that are white! haha