Greetings all. I've been lurking for what seems like forever and would like to start by thanking everyone for all their hard work and contributions. I will be moving into a new house in a couple months and putting together my home theater v2.0. My 1.0 theater has served me well, but has been sold along with our house, which forces me to upgrade.
My 1.0 theater consisted of an Optoma H31 projector and a 106" screen made from Dazian Matte Non-Perforated screen material. After experiencing "technical difficulties" trying to construct a tubular aluminum frame, I opted to staple the fabric to the wall and use velcro to attach a 2" wood border painted flat black. The theater room is not well light controlled. The walls were left the original light gray used throughout the house. Needless to say, without light control and with a white screen, viewing has been pretty much limited to early evening and nighttime, but this hasn't really been an issue for me. My wife and I have had many hours of viewing bliss with this humble setup, but alas, the time soon approaches to move and I'd like to take everything to the next level, budget willing.
My current plan is to purchase an Optoma HD70 projector and the top contender for my next screen is a 120" (maybe a little smaller) screen of Wilsonart Designer White laminate. I plan to paint the new theater the darkest shade of gray my wife will allow and to have near perfect light control. I have just ordered a set of seven 8 x 10" samples from Wilsonart ranging from Designer White to Pewter and plan to line them against my existing Dazian screen material to see how they compare. If I can successfully get everything set up and can take some good screenshots, I will post them. I'm still debating whether or not to try my hand at building another frame or not. If I do, I'm thinking wood this time. I may opt to get the thinner laminate and just screw it to the wall.
So, essentially, I'm looking for some confirmation that I'm making the right decision here, pending the receipt of the Wilsonart samples.
a) Can anyone tell me if the DW will compare favorably with the Dazian material? The Dazian material isn't that much more expensive than the DW and I have been pretty happy with it.
b) I've also considered taking the more expensive and lazy route and just ordering an Elite R120WH1 120" (maybe a little smaller) white screen. Can anyone chime in with info on the performance of DW versus an Elite white screen?