Originally Posted by pglover19
No sure. I told Da-Lite my room setup. What screen material from Da-Lite would you recommend?
I don’t know what material from da-lite to recommend. As I mentioned I don’t get too excited about screen material, but unless there is a specific reason otherwise - it’s more typical to recommend gain in the .8 to 1.1 range. .6 would typically be for a very small screen (say 80”) or a completely light controlled room with a very bright projector.
Personally speaking. I’ve seen white drywalls with a wrapped velvet frame tacked on look as good as a projector screen. Behrer makes a paint for this purpose called silverscreen. Or there is a popular DIY paint mix called Silverfire.
Screens get overrated IMO. Frankly, Joan’s blackout cloth looks nearly as good as any high end screen I’ve seen. (That sometimes cost many thousands)
I know you don’t have those options since you want tab tensioned and electric.
I was just pointing out .6 gain is a little eyebrow raising - because by design you are losing 40% of your lumen count right out of the gate. Your screen at 110” isn’t that small and your room isn’t light controlled. I was just asking the logic behind your salesman’s choice? He should be able to explain his recommendation. Maybe DaLite has to go all the way down to .6 before they’ve removed all of the material on their screens that introduce sparklies? If so - maybe you should consider another brand. Or perhaps it’s a darker screen material to help reject ambient light from the windows in your room and that would make more sense in your room. The Epson 5040UB can be a fairly bright projector in Bright Cinema mode.
Most cheap screens won’t include the reflective sparkly property. Sort of ironic because it’s now undesirable in the realm of higher lumen projectors, yet costs more to manufacture.
Amazon sells inexpensive screens that are very well reviewed. Take a stroll down their isles
Ultimately, don’t take one guys word on this. Visit the projector screen subforum and read up. In the end, don’t lose sleep over this choice because it’s just not that big of a deal most of the time. A cheap screen material with a .8 - 1 rating should do just fine and would be a typical recommendation and use case.