Originally Posted by Cyrano
The way I got started (and the way some others have as well I think) is to buy the projector and find your perfect size of screen by viewing it on a wall. Some people stay with the wall and use white (or a special DIY concocted paint color). You will definitely know what size is best once you watch the image for a while. And you might never need to clean the screen. Perhaps a light dusting, but the only thing you need to start is the projector and a bluray player. (Or dvd or htpc player).
My first screen was a solid screen of melamine painted with a white paint others in my avsforum group suggested. I still use that screen in my basement theater. Upstairs I have a manual pulldown screen. Both are 100' diagonal. They both work great. The projector will be the biggest help for you in deciding what to do next. And perhaps your room will be best served by a certain sized screen anyway. I went with the biggest that fit well in the room.
I got a lot of small holes on both walls of mine, so I think I will definitely be seeing those holes if I project onto it, but we'll see. But you are right, I really shouldn't rush in buying a screen. I do mostly gaming and some movie/show watching , so I'm gonna spend a full evening or more doing that while projecting on the wall, and then I can decide what kind of screen would be good. By the way, a friend of mine who also just mostly plays games and watches movies on his plasma and soon to have projector, has bought an 16:10 screen, but shouldn't he be going for 16:9? I know very little what it all means, but ever since the 360 and PS3 came out, I was told to always use 16:9 on the hdtv. Or can we go for 16:10 just as well?
Originally Posted by augiedoggy
i too did this.... only I made screen from blackout cloth bought on ebay which led to me making about 6 of this for myself and freinds.... they were great cheap fixed screens stretched over a wood frame like a canvas painting.... then I went motorized...
you measure screen size diagonally btw if I understood the question correctly Moon walker....
I believe I remember you from the old x1 or hd70 threads years ago.... funny how time flies..
Sounds like a good idea. But I am far from a handy person when it comes to these things. Years ago with my Epson projector I made a screen of my own, but this time I rather just by a good one.
Also....Is there a general 'rule' about how close you place the projector to the wall that you are projecting on? My plan is to put the projector behind and above my couch, so that's like 5 meters away from the wall it is projecting on. Would that be ok?Edited by Moonwalker1982 - 10/21/13 at 4:15pm