Originally Posted by SherazNJ
I am planning to buy Seymour Center Stage XD which is an AT screen. Currently I own StudioTek 130 in 16:9 ratio that has a 1.3 gain. I am using Sony VPL-95ES projector.
The reason to buy the mateial is because I have a space of 142" width with a height of 8 feet. I was thinking of getting 135 inches width (141-6 where 6 inches for borders) in 2.35:1 aspect ration. I think it will give much more immersive experience as compared to my current screen. A few questions
1 - My current screen has 1.3 gain and this one will have 1.2 gain. Will there be a noticeable difference in brightness?
2 - My current screen is pretty much one of the best when it comes to quality. Will there be a noticeable difference in quality?
3 - If the room is 142" wide and I put screen that is 135" wide, would it be too much of screen size? I think it will be amazing but its always good to get more ideas.
1 - You don't say how big your current screen is. I'm assuming it's the same height but narrower. That means the projector's brightness will now be spread over a wider area. That's going to make a bigger difference than the screen gain.
2 - I've never seen a StudioTek but according to Stewart's sales literature, a microperf screen (like they sell) has advantages over woven screens (like the Center Stage XD) with regard to more light being reflected back toward the viewer instead of onto the side walls. But microperf has disadvantages too, mainly in the much larger distance required between speakers and screen.
3 - You don't say how far back you are sitting. I sit 13' from a 100" wide 16:9 screen. I find it almost too tall for 16:9 movies, but too narrow for 2.35 movies.
But, there is a lot of personal preference in this answer.