Originally Posted by moctodavs
How about your equipment? Doesn't that factor in?
I just moved in, so where my equipment goes is pretty flexible.
Originally Posted by bud16415
Is your ceiling white and what color are the rest of the walls etc. Cross reflections and projector created ambient light is the biggest factor not windows that are mostly covered. Then secondly is there other light coming into the room from the back.
Then there is the issue of any kind of screen artifacts produced by what degree of ALR the longer throw screen is trying to improve. These screens range from mild to wild.
The ceiling is white, the walls are "agreeable grey," which is off-white and still pretty bright. The room is an open-plan kitchen + dining + living room, so there might be some light coming from the right (in addition to the 3 windows on the left), but no light coming from the back; that's just a wall.
To make matters worse I will likely have to use a tab-tensioned retractable screen and I know that UST projectors amplify any unevenness of the screen
That makes long-throw vs. short-throw projectors' pros and cons exact opposites: I can get a long-throw projector that is going to be cheaper and hide screen unevenness better, but I have to run and hide the cables, or I can get a UST projector that is more expensive and will show off screen unevenness, but I don't have to run the cables.
The deciding factor then has to be which setup will provide a better viewing experience in high-ambient-light conditions. So the question becomes:
Are a UST projector with a UST-specific ALR screen better, worse, or the same
when it comes to brightness, contrast, and overall "visibility" in high-ambient-light conditions than a long-throw projector with an ALR screen?