At one time or another, I've considered each a possibility. I'm new to DIY screens but not to front projection. I've had an Infocus X1 for over 3 years and have enjoyed it immensely with my Draper pull down screen.
I decided to upgrade (Optoma HD72) and get a larger fixed screen. My 4:3 Draper is 92" wide and I would like to go to a 120" wide, 16:9 screen. So I naturally came here for advice.
I agree with some other posters that it can be quite confusing. Since I have a working system, I'm not in the same rush as many may be, so I've taken my time, asked a few questions and narrowed down my choices.
I have a recess in my wall that was designed like a proscenium. Right now my speakers are in the recess and the screen, (mounted at the leading edge of the recess) when down, allows the sound to radiate out at the ends. However, when I go with a fixed screen that option won't work so it's either a fabric (choice 1) acoustically transparent screen or a solid painted screen (choices 2 through 5) with my speakers mounted outside the proscenium, a choice I really didn't want to make but, cela est vie.
I thought I was all set with the Dazian CCC fabric that was highly touted by many, but when I received a sample, I was very disappointed. Too dull and too soft - darn. As with any forum, many members with little practical experience simply overstate their kudos for a particular product as the best find out there without truly making an effort to compare and state observed facts without the histrionics. Fortunately, there are also many members that take the time to give solid and practical advice, and to them I am eternally grateful. It's just very time consuming to differentiate the fact from the fiction.
I, like many, am looking for a solution that works, is relatively inexpensive and is an easy weekend project (that eliminates options 4 & 5). I'm basically looking for the sweet spot - the best possible solution for the time and money expended. Perfection is not required, although I admire those that can spend the energy to try to achieve this elusive goal.
I haven't given up on option 1, I'm just waiting for a sample of the SMX material and if that doesn't meet my very simple standards then a solid painted surface will have to do. My option here is to build a drywall surface and paint. If that turns out to be my choice then I'll certainly be reading further for the best paint solution that can meet my personal goals.