Originally Posted by kwwood
Looking at converting a upstairs 'common room' to an evening movie room. I am looking at getting the refurbished Espon 5040 with a throw of between 14 and 15 feet.
We will be mostly watching movies at night however the room is a 'whiteish' color with white ceilings. I am looking for a screen around 100"
We will 90% of the time not be watching this room during the day. From reading this forum it seems that a High Contrast may help with the reflection being a bright room? Ideally my budget is under $300 and I know I may make some sacrifices but wanted to make sure I am looking for the right thing. I have attached a picture the screen is going on the right wall and the projector hanging from the angled ceiling on the left.
Any guidance would be appreciated!
Can the sources of light, the windows be covered up, with blinds for instance?
This is a difficult setup for a projector, even for a higher budget, not to mention on that budget.
A TV would have been better.
A grey screen may not be sufficient in combating ambient light.
Angular ALR's work by reflecting ambient light at the same angle it hits the screen, in the opposite direction.
If the light is coming from around the same area as the projector, that light will also be reflected towards the viewer.
A drop down ALR for that budget does not exist.
Neither does a grey screen.
The closest is this mode, but there have been quality control issues with it:
A fixed screen with ALR fabrics would fit that budget. There are three options: Elite Cinegrey 3D, 5D, and Carl's ALR.
The fabrics themselves can be purchased individually, and a frame would need to be built.
Most ALR's also require a throw range of 1.5x at the minimum. Even at higher throw ranges, there is no guarantee that artifacts will be eliminated 100%.
An 100" screen has a width of 87.2" or 7.26'. With 14' -15 ' or 168 - 180" would provide a throw range of 1.92x to 2.06x.
Getting a drop down screen and paining it is an option:
More info on ambient light use: