Originally Posted by Done Deal DR
Both of those are considerably more than I would spend on a screen right now, I really couldn't justify spending more on a screen than the projector itself. Not to say they aren't great screens, I'm sure they are.
My first screen will probably be an Elite EZ Frame, not sure which material yet. That will allow me to get my feet wet, and if I want to replace it in the future no big deal as the up front cost is not that high. On the other hand I expect to have and use this project for 5-10 years, or until 4K becomes mainstream and affordable. Maybe I'll be plenty happy with a cheaper screen and maybe not, but the investment isn't that high for the screen so I wouldn't feel bad if I wanted to replace it a couple years down the road when I have more experience and knowledge with front projection.
I understand where your head is at, but please consider a few things. I do this for a living. All day, every day. I'm not telling you that to say "Listen to me", I'm saying it because I feel like you will be wasting money instead of spending it unless you consider a few things. Things that I have tremendous experience in. Please consider these points....
- Normally I would not recommend a $1,900 103" screen. But, your room needs it. Do you see where in your pics you have the lights off, but a big shot of light right where your screen will be? That will KILL your image. The SilverStar screen from VuTec rejects ambient light... particularly from the side. In your room, that is going to help you tremendously! This way, you can use the screen with the lights on and almost any time of day. With a regular screen your picture will be uneven and faded to holy hell and back.
- In your room, if you are going to put up curtains and block that window and watch TV in the dark 100% of the time, then you'll be perfectly well off with a $1,000 or less screen. If you want the ability to watch during the day and night then you will need the VuTec SilverStar or Black Diamond.
Unfortunately, sometimes in A/V it's not about what you would like to spend, but more about what you would need to spend to accomplish your goal (and I'm not saying that sarcastically). I would rather advise someone now that it is better for them to spend the extra $900 rather than waste $3,000 or more and hate front projection because it didn't work out in your room.
I will link for you some youtube videos of these screens so you can see what I'm talking about if you would like. Other than that, good luck to you in your quest for a larger image!