Originally Posted by Voracious
My man cave/home office is under construction. I plan on going with an UST projector, likely Vava or Optoma. The room will be completely light controlled with no windows, so no ALR screens for me. I plan on a 120" screen with the opposite wall and back of the seating distance at 123" away. The projector wall is 115" in height. The opposite wall is only 64" in height, so the ceiling will slope towards the seated viewer at an ~18 degree angle. How high, then, should I mount the screen? I figure I could go 36" off the floor and then recline a bit in my seat, looking somewhat upwards. The screen height is 59", so 59+36 = 95, leaving 20" to the ceiling and hopefully reducing reflections. The ceiling will be either dark grey, dark brown, or black. Walls will be dark brown. Floor will likely be dark brown as well, with a textured vinyl or fake wood.
Or should I drop the screen down to 24" off the floor and look more straight? Or even raise up 48" off the floor, which will make it easy to get the center speaker at the same height as left and right?
Then comes screen choice. Silver Ticket looks like a budget choice. White. 1.1 gain. $250. I have no idea how much more expensive a better screen is, nor how much better the screen would get for the money. Stewart Cima Neve was highly regarded by at least a couple posters here, but is it worth $1800 or so? At that price, am I better off paying the drywall guy more money to make a flatter wall and then just paint it?
As far as colors and contrast go, I've been an OLED guy for a while. We have a 1st gen 55" LG OLED. This laptop is OLED. My phone is OLED. And I realized that the colors didn't matter to me as much as screen size. I just don't know how much more color and contrast I'll get with a nicer screen. The difference between OLED and high end LCD is noticeable but not bothersome to me. The difference between a high end LCD and a low-end LCD is huge to me and would bother me. There's, of course, no way for me to go to a store and check things out right now. Flying blind, here.
USTs are rather expensive. Have you looked at regular throw projectors, if they are compatible with that setup?
The screen size is about right for that distance.
The room could handle a projector with good black level, but that ceiling is a problem. A great option is a JVC NX5.
DLP, UST or not have poor contrast. A UST that can sort of match the 5050UB in black level, with the Epson working without the iris and the DLP with, can cost ~$5K.
Grey/ALR screens are not just for fighting ambient light, they improve black level as well.
If a UST is the only option there you'll have a hard time getting good black level.
Getting samples is a good idea. Screen quality matter, but if you've never had a projector before the difference between a white ST and something more expensive is subtle. They don't increase contrast/color in a very obvious manner.
If the wall is smooth, paints can be used:
They can be grey/with other components to increase contrast and black level.
Originally Posted by Dave in Green
What you want to do is lay back in your typical viewing position with your eyes shut. When you open your eyes you should be looking at the vertical point on the wall where your vision naturally falls. For most people that point should be around or somewhat below where the vertical center of the screen should be positioned. The more you can fine tune this before permanently mounting the screen the more comfortable you're likely to be when viewing. When I sit in my reclining chair with eyes shut and then open my eyes my eyesight naturally falls at a higher point on the wall when the chair is reclined than when it's upright.