Thanks for the detailed reply @noob00224
. I have some more reading to do on calibration, HDR, and tone mapping. I hadn't seen that calculator yet so I'm going to play around with it and see if I can decide where my give and take needs to come from.
As for your suggestions...here's where I'm at:
Get the highest gain AT fabric (~0.95 gain).
-Is this DIY material or are you talking a commercial screen?
Loose the AT requirement and get a white positive gain screen. Or a paint mix.
Decrease the diagonal.
These two go together. If I go smaller I might lose the AT Req, but if I go with a brighter screen then I can go bigger. Then the speakers start getting tight on the sides again. I know there's a solution in there somewhere. I just need to find it, but I'm terrible at making these decisions. I have what my wife likes to call "analysis paralysis". She's absolutely correct.
Either way, I need to do some more figuring and testing to see how everything's going to fit. I really love the idea of the 2.39 and I'm a fan of higher immersion . So, smaller screen, speakers on the side, brighter screen, seating forward, and see where I end up. Maybe?
Paint the walls in a dark shade which will make the screen appear brighter.
This is in future plans but for now working towards the goal of just getting things up and usable for the summer. Plus there is some WAF involved.
Get a Panasonic UB player to help with HDR tone mapping. Or madvr. On HTPC there is no streaming, and the Envy is somewhat expensive.
-I almost got the Panasonic, but I was looking to get a new gaming system anyway and grabbed an Xbox One. Figured I could use it to begin with and upgrade later and still have the system. Sounds like I might be "upgradeing" sooner rather than later.
And of course move the projector closest to the screen. From 100% zoom (close) to 0% (far), this model looses ~27% brightness.
- Loses just a bit huh? Ha. I knew it did but I don't think I'd seen a number put on it. So, enlarge the image as much as possible for 2.39 while still allowing for it to shrink to 16:9 CIH I was hoping to do as well. I think that's right. I've seen where people say they're "zooming in" to the smaller screen and it throws me off.
Again, thanks for the detailed input. I've got some more factors/details to think about now to determine my best options. That helps!