this is my first post and I have been doing a lot of research on which screen to choose. All the research though has made it harder to choose I think
. I hoping to layout my scenario and get some opinion on what type of screen would be best for my room/projector. I have two scenarios (projectors) that any opinion would be appreciated.
I have attached two shots of the room I plan on turning into my projector room (not currently ideal but I will be getting blackout curtains for the windows). The plan is to place the screen on the wall where the couch currently is. I plan to use this for movies (darkroom type viewing) but also sports and general tv viewing during day time, where I'd have some task lighting on. I do generally prefer to watch tv, etc with some type of light on as opposed to pitch-black rooms if that matters.
facts that won't change for either scenario
1. shooting for a 165" screen
2. seating distance from screen probably be about 10-13'
I have an Epson HC 3020
Epson HC 5040UB
so my questions for each scenario are
1. should I choose a .8 gain gray screen or 1.1 gain white screen?
2. should I be placing the projector as close to the screen as possible? (meaning when I do the throw calculations there is a range of say 16 feet to 26 feet from the screen, is there a PQ lose potential depending on which distance I choose.
I'm also curious if you think getting the Epson 5040UB will be a significant gain over the 3020. I'm not looking to spend a lot on a projector so I know there are probably better options out there but I could get the Epson 5040 for $1200 so wondering if at that price it is a good upgrade over my current projector.
thanks for any advice