Which screen should I buy? Acoustic transparent or not?
I have a question about choosing a projection screen.
My question is not about which brand I should buy, but what model.
Because I don't live in the US, my options in choosing a manufacturer are quite limited.
And especially when I choose to go for a 2.35:1 screen ratio, that will be custom made.
Now here is the problem.
In my current setup, I have a 5.1 surround sound system. The speakers in the front are mounted to the wall with special brackets.
Now, my center speaker is located above my television. Because I don't have a dedicated room (the setup is in my living room, and I don't have the space to put up a fixed screen) I have chosen to go for an electric tab-tensioned projection screen, that comes in front of my television and in front of my center speaker.
The front speakers on the left and on the right are not covered by the screen what so ever. So that won't be an issue.
The only problem is my center speaker.
I currently have the option between 2 projection screens:
- an electric 4K tab-tensioned screen (gain 1.0)
- an electric acoustic transparent tab-tensioned screen (no gain mentioned)
Both screens are about 250 cm wide, which is approx. 100 inches.
I have space between the center speaker and projection screen round about 30 cm, is almost 12 inches. Will this be enough?
Also the screen will hang around 50 cm, is almost 20 inches, from the wall. So there is some space between the wall and screen. I don't know if this is important.
I asked the manufacturer if there is any loss in picture quality regarding the TA screen. He says it's about 20-30% less sharper then the 4K model.
Maybe also interesting to know, my current projector is an Epson TW-7300 (4040 US model), Full-HD projector with 4K-Enhancer. I don't have any intention to change this anytime soon. Not right now.
Preferably I would not like to put the center speaker below my TV. Currently I don't have the room for it, and also it would unbalance my sound-setup with the front speakers, which are currently hanging on the same height as my center speaker.
My question is now, which one should I choose regarding my setup?
Do I go for the 4K screen, which has a better picture quality, and risk it to put the center speaker behind the screen, but, might get a bad sound quality from the center speaker? (I don't know if that will be the case)
Or, do I go for the AT screen, that is more suitable for putting speakers behind it, but accordingly loosing picture quality?
I find it very important that my home cinema setup is well balanced. So keep that in my mind.
I'm very curious to hear your reactions on this matter.