Originally Posted by smuggymba
Experts here tell me that you should not buy a cheap screen for an expensive projector - screens are forever and projector technology changes every year.
I'm in the same dilemma these days. Do I buy a JVC/Panasonic $3000 projector and buy a $500 screen or do I buy a $3000 screen with a$1000 Epson 8350 - I don't know which one would be a better viewing experience in a light controlled room.
Generally I would work it from what I want to use my room for and what screen fits best in my room. First you need to decide if wanting AT or not, then you need to decide if you want a scope screen, 16:9 screen or some variation of the two. Screen aspect ratio is usually determined by what you want to watch on your screen. If looking for a strictly movie set up, many want a scope screen. Though some do not want to give up the size on the 16:9 image and consider going with a non standard aspect ratio like 2.0. Of course then you are back to black bars/un-used screen for all material viewed.
Generally if sports and gaming is a priority, people look at 16:9. If movies are the priority, they look at scope. AT throws another wrinkle in the picture, especially if wanting 3D, since most AT screens are low gain, unless you go with a microperf and they are pretty expensive. Generally screens are a tougher choice to make than projectors.