Originally Posted by Brandon Jolley
I am looking at trying to find a good screen for my room. My main seat will be 10' 2" from the screen in a 20'x12' completely dark basement room with no windows. My screen dimensions are 10' 9" wide and 4' 8" tall. looking at 130" screen that is 2.3.5 ratio. I will be using a JVC NX5 projector that will be mounted about 16' from the screen. I am mainly confused because I know very little about screens and have a hard time paying $2K to $3k for a screen. I know it is one of the main things you want to invest your money in but it still doesn't make it easy. I would like to spend the money on nice high-quality material and then build the frame myself but not sure what material type, brand, and where to get it from.
Here are my suggestions based on me making mistakes and not doing it right the first time (and reading on here the last 14 years of many other members making similar mistakes):
1) Get the projector first and watch a lot of various 2.39:1 and 1.85/1.78 content to make sure you zero in on your exact screen size, aspect ratio, and seating distance - this is all 100% personal preference and you must experiment to nail it down before locking yourself in with the screen purchase. Immersion is vital - find out what your personal sweet spot is first.
2) Get free material samples from several different screen manufacturers (Stewart, Seymour, etc) and carefully test them with content, looking for differences in brightness, skin tones, overall color balance and accuracy, contrast, texture, sharpness, artifacts.
3) After that if you see the differences that many of us have seen after doing these sample tests, then just order the Stewart ST130 G4 screen and be done forever - it is truly reference class and anything less will not show you everything that is encoded on UHD and bluray discs. You will have a world class JVC projector, but you will not see world class image quality if you compromise on the screen. The prices are better than you think - get a quote or few on that Stewart. As we say on this forum, you date the projector but you marry the screen.