Andrew & David,
Yes, I already have a 52"x96" (1.85:1) Draper M2500 (2.3gain) screen and I am happy with the screen to a certain extent. Since this screen was my first ever FPTV screen, I had nothing else to compare to. I have seen some Stewart Studiotek 1.3 gain screens lately and I like the lack of hotspotting as well as the color uniformity and the screen material itself simply disappears when watching programming.
I could use the same screen size, though I would opt for 16:9 this time around, but I am looking to gain a brighter and sharper picture. By going from a 2.3 gain to 1.3 gain screen with the same size dimensions as I'm currently using, the brightness would surely be worse and I would have to drive the projector even harder.
I wouldn't classify myself as a videophile (maybe a videophile in-training) http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/wink.gif
, but I am trying to tweak the best picture out of my projector (which only has 675 hours). I feel that the closer sitting distance to the smaller screen will give me virtually the same optical view as the farther viewing distance from the larger screen, while gaining a brighter and sharper picture with more apparent resolution.
I know I sound like I have already made up my mind, but I would still like more feedback from the more experienced on this board.
I know you're a large (make that HUGE) screen fan. I am however looking for the "optimum" picture quality from this projector as opposed to the largest screen the projector could light up. I guess we all have our preferences.
1800 x 1200 seems like a rather high resolution for a 7" CRT projector. I would think your scan lines would be overlapping causing a rather soft picture. Just curious?
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