Thanks Nathan and Mark, I really appreciate the responses. Mark, thanks for such detail, I found your response very educational and informative. Nathan, great idea on the samples. I will be ordering some shortly, thanks.
Mark, If you don't mind, I was hoping you might be able to answer a few additional questions.
I measured my mounting location and based on my measurements the front of the lens will be about 15 feet from the screen, which seems to put me well past the 1.5:1 ratio you mention above for either screen size. As a result, I believe the regular Firehawk (1.25 gain) would be an option without running the risk of hot spotting.
I have seen the Firehawk (I believe the 1.25 gain model) in some local retailers; however, I notice that it appears to have a bit of reflectivity or sparkle in the light areas of the image. Maybe I am being over critical as I know the Firehawk is extremely popular and well regarded but I do find it a bit distracting. Does this sound accurate or could it be something else going on at the retailer?
If the above is accurate, would I encounter a similar experience with the Greyhawk or Studiotek 130? Unfortunately, I haven't found either on display in my local market (West of Philadelphia). I mention this because I am most interested in the best possible picture and was hoping you could recommend one of the three screens as the "best" for my circumstances. To help with your recommendation, I have provided the specs for the projector below. I hope the specs help but if you need me to provide additional information, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
HDTV Compatible 1080i (in Advanced Intelligent Compression), 720p, 480i/p
Aspect Ratio 4:3/16:9
Resolution 1280 x 720
Brightness 900 ANSI Lumens (in High Brightness Mode)
Contrast Ratio 5500:1 (in High Contrast Mode)
Component Inputs Component/RGB x 2 (5 RCA), Video x 1 (RCA), S-Video x 1, DV-I/HDCP (Component and Digital/Analog RGB, Wired Remote Control x 1 (3.5mm Mini Jack), RS-232C Serial Port x 1 (9-Pin D-Sub), DC 12V Output x 1
Anamorphic DVD Capable Yes
3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter Yes
Optical Lens Shift Yes, 1 Full Screen Height
Film Mode Yes, 24 Hz Progressive Format
Computer RGB Input Signals SXGA, XGA, SVGA, Mac 21"/19" (in Advanced Intelligent Compression), SVGA, VGA, VESA, Mac 16"/13"
Video System NTSC/NTSC4.43/PAL/PAL(60Hz)/PAL-M/PAL-N/SECAM
Lens Type 1:1.35x Zoom Lens
Projection Lamp Type/Life 270W SHP/2000 Hours
RGB Input Type DVI-I/HDCP Connector
Component Input Type RCA Connector
S-Video Type 4-Pin Mini DIN Connector
Composite Video Type RCA Connector
Wired Remote Control Type 3.5 mm Minijack
RS-232C Serial Port 9-Pin D-Sub Connector
Gamma Correction Yes
Color Temperature Adjustment Yes
Detachable AC Cord Yes
Optional Ceiling Bracket AN-CM250
Wireless Remote Control Yes
Optional Digital Decoder Required Yes (for HDTV)
Power Source 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz (Multi-Voltage)
Power Consumption 365W (0.1W in Standby)
(w x h x d) 18 11/16" x 7" x 15 49/50" (475 x 178 x 406mm) (main body only)
18 11/16" x 7" x 19 1/2" (475 x 178 x 496mm) (including terminal cover)
Weight 20.7 lbs. (9.4 kg)