Hi all new poster here and new to the world of projectors as well. I'm 90% sure I'm going to go with the Home Cinema, and quite honestly, my head is still spinning from all the details/review/spec sheets I read to make sure that this is exactly what I'm looking for. For the most part, I believe it is, but a little confirmation from you guys wouldn't hurt I'm sure.
I'm looking to set this up in my living room, so I'll have very little to no light control (other than blinds, curtains, lights off). The room also has a beige paint, so I understand I won't get a "total darkness" theatre environment. I'll be watching anything from high-def movies, sports HD broadcasts, and PC output (most likely through VGA, since people seem to be having some issues with DVI-HDMI) during daytime with lots of light and at night with little lighting in the room.
Another thing that I'm going to be doing and I'd like you guys opinion on this is I am NOT doing ceiling mounting. From what I read about the 1080, positioning doesn't seem to be an issue with it, so I am most likely going to opt to place it on the top of a shelf (shelf will also house my other devices, i.e. cable box, PS3, Wii, PC). My concern is that from end-to-end, I'm probably looking at about 19 feet. Even if I account for the size of the shelf (and the positioning of the tip of the projector lens), it's still going to be roughly 18 feet from the screen. Would this be a problem if I project it on a 100" screen?
My second concern is the screen. If I understood all the things that I've read, a grey screen would be the ideal for the kind of setup I'm looking for. While I'm tempted to go with the more expensive Da-lite HC grey screens, I found a place that would sell the Elite EZFrame at roughly 1/3 the price of Da-lite. Is the difference in quality between the two brands really worth nearly $800? My wallet says no =P But I'd like to hear what your thoughts are regarding those two screens. Will the Elite be able to handle the versatility I look for on my setup? I've heard that the 1080 is pretty bright (if not the brightest 1080p projector out right now), but will the throw distance (18 ft), along with the light conditions, be enough that it will degrade the brightness of the picture?
EDIT: Also, the screen would most likely be about 10 ft away from the viewing area. 100" screen should be fine for that distance, am I correct?