Originally Posted by Dave in Green
, I would just say that in the real world the difference between 84" and 88" images would be virtually unnoticeable by most. On the other hand, the difference between the image extending all the way to the black screen border or not might be more noticeable. But different people might perceive this differently, so the important thing is to understand the relative impact of how those two things might affect you. One thing you should be able to easily do is try viewing 84" and 88" images on a plain painted wall to see how much difference you perceive when viewing content. Then consider that moving your seating a few inches forward will make the 84" image appear identical to the 88" image in terms of field of view.
Thank you. I got a good deal on a Draper React 3 Screen for £575 but its 95''. They said the RRP is £2000+. I phoned up an AV dealer who said he'd provide me for one for £1500. Whilst I was paying £300 for a cheap chinese grey screen tab tension knock off by a non home theatre company. So I jumped on the Draper as once I added in risk, screen paint, import tax, HVLP gun, time... I felt the DIY route wasn't worth it
I did contemplate strongly the 84'' image but ultimately I've decided that it'll be a waste of money as although it will serve my purposes now, it will likely not serve my purposes in 6-12 months time when I move house and I feel like 84'' image is a screen size I will grow bored of quickly if I buy a 77'' OLED whilst 88''-95'' is something the OLED will struggle to compete.
I spoke to the dealer who said height shouldn't be an issue as its adjustible via the remote but the excess screen on the sides will be there. I can live with that and even position the screen so its all excess on just the left (which is where my speaker, PC etc. is anyway.. aka a place I don't look.
All in all, I'm ok with my decision as I feel dealing with a couple of more inches and having some growing space isn't a bad compromise for an ALR screen in a room whcih has 4 white walls, a window, a white ceiling and a black very reflective semi precious stone muriel just opposite the screen.
I did my measurements and it will physically fit (just) so thats something.
Rather than go from wall to white to grey to alr screen.. i've gone straight to an ALR screen.
I hope it comes okay and theres no faults. I can re-use it later when I move house and need a PJ in an ambient light setting (which this one is anyway).
Short term wise, if the excess screen REALLY annoys me, I am contemplating switching out the Sony HW40ES now for a Panasonic AE8000 which is smaller and gives me 15cm more throw distance and has a slightly larger throw ratio anyway... but for now I'll stick with the Sony and deal with the excess fabric.
Its a definite spanner in the works for me which i was not expecting but ultimately the gross over-pricing of screens in the UK forced my hands towards this ALR screen... as if I'm going to pay top dollar for what is potentially a temporary screen, I need some form of versatility from it! Also all the top tier paints exist in the US and once I factored in the import tax and shipping, they just didn't add up to be worth while compared to this extremely discounted screen.