Originally Posted by imromo24
If you are looking for a cheap way to project onto something and you have a dark room, this is definately a no brainer. .......................
............... The future projectors will not need a grey screen for contrast, will not need gain for brightness, how do I know? just 'cause.
Mostly true, but the lead in time where the majority will be able to afford the PJs that can do all that without sacrificing something along the way will be long enough that most will not want to opt in to getting a screen that will leave them wanting something better for even a 2 year stretch. Choosing the right screen isn't hard, and need not be expensive, Mfg or DIY offerings that fit both those criteria abound, and any one of several popular choices can and should adapt to things getting better on the PJ front, yet still make the "entry level" image from a budget PJ look good enough to warrant expressions like; "Does it get any better? And if so, will I really notice or care?"
It's always a tough call, but as you point out, when it's an inexpensive one to consider the choice can come a lot easier.
One thing IS certain. The multitude of available PJ and Screen choices just keeps getting larger, and less expensive due to the demand by the "Everyman" for the "Big Picture".
I remember (2002) on this Forum, and on "PJs over $3500" when there was a decided elitist attitude about Front Projection, and if you questioned the availability of expense/performance vs the need for value/performance, then you were told that perhaps you were looking in the wrong place and at te wrong Display application. That, and that Front Projection "wasn't" a mass market/mass appeal sort of thing.
Seems like that was sorta a myopic viewpoint considering what we see happening all around us nowadays, so I gotta say;
Told 'em so!
'cause I did.