Maybe this is a really
dumb question. To ceiling mount above my fireplace, I too need about 30" of drop to get the screen in the right vicinity. During my last WAF check, she indicated (in general terms) that it would be fine for the L and R speakers to be outside the screen, but they all had to be "close to the ceiling."
That puts the speaker either behind the projector case (heh), but assuming she lets me put it lower, it's behind the "drop" material. I read through all the pages of this thread before it occurred to me that this conversation is about the screen
material, not the drop
material. I've done a little searching and it seems the drop fabric is not generally specified.
The top of the hearth is at about 63" high, and with our couch seating putting our eyes at about 37", I think it would be pushing it (but maybe OK) to put the actual screen high enough to cover the speaker if I mount the speaker just above the hearth. (We're sitting roughly 11.5 feet back so I was thinking 85" wide) Putting the speaker (a roughly 7" tall OMNISAT Micro) on the hearth doesn't bother me, and hopefully I can convince my project manager that it can go there if I say it HAS too
But that's my potentially really stupid question? What's the acoustic property of the Center Stage screens' drop material? Is it really bad, just like every other screen I might buy? Is it really good? It doesn't seem like everyone other one will be. Should I not even bother asking because I paid less for all 6 of my speakers than some people pay for one?
Never mind that this is my first proj and the last page of this thread is getting me worried about my delayed Epson HC6500...
Thanks for listening
 I was thinking Cinemascope but since the Epson 6500UB can't do that without a much of extra cost, maybe I will just go 1.78 ... Hopefully I will not talk myself into a slightly dimmer and less flexible (but otherwise probably excellent) Panny AX-3000 now because of its psuedo anamorphic feature... DOH!)