Originally Posted by Darthprater
Thanks. Unfortunately the Stewart is indeed pretty far outside my budget. I spent the money on a good projector, and figured at least a decent screen would suffice. I’d like to keep it $1,000 or under if I can...but with the higher gain and smooth surface, that’s not looking very likely. Appreciate the feedback.
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It's really really difficult to find a 'budget' screen with any decent gain, as most gain screens present with terrible artifacts, even just a 1.2+ gain screen.
There may be some as I am certainly no screen expert that has seen them all, but every one I've sought after was pretty bad if the gain was higher than 1.1.
The best thing I know of is still the Da-lite High Power screens, if you can find a used one in the classifieds. Either the 2.4 or the 2.8 gain.
If you can find either of those, then you will really have some serious brightness to your image.
It's a pretty sad fact that most 1.2 to 1.5 gain screens look worse than the Da-Lite High Power screens (which are 2x-3x gain).
There is also the annoying problem of screen makers falsely advertising the gain, some claim 1.4 gain and are really 1.15 gain (wow, what a rip).
Otherwise, you can try your hand at a DIY paint job to get gain, no idea how that would look.
For me, even trying to paint a screen is too messy and too much trouble (at least for now).
BO cloth or spandex is a great holdover screen, the BO cloth you can tack right to the wall with no issues and no waves if done correctly.
They don't have any gain though, the BO cloth looks roughly the same as any other 1.0 gain screen (it's probably 0.90 gain or something).
So if you cannot figure out what screen to get, just put up some BO cloth for now.
For $25, you can have a temporary screen that looks just as good as most other white matte screens out there.