Originally Posted by sherazFromNj
What about the screen guys??? StudioTek 130 for 130" is around $2,800 wowwwwwwwwwwwwww. This is a very expensive screen. I have been told that if I compromise on screen then I won't get what a high quality projector is capable to showing. In orther words, if I buy a projector that is over $4,000-5,000 (high end models), I won't be able to get what those projectors are capable to display if I go with lower end screens.
I can't speak specifically to that screen. As others have mentioned, 130" diagonal is VERY LARGE so screens are going to be pricier. I got a 96" screen from Carada for about $600. I don't remember exactly what I paid for the projector at the time, but I want to say it was under 1k. So I spent half as much on the screen as the projector - not too far off from what you quoted (DIY is always the least expensive route - and can yield excellent results, but the added "cost" is your time
into what DIY method you want to utilize).
You say you have total light control and the room can be totally dark, but even still, at that size and throw distance you're pushing beyond that projector's optimal capability. You also seem to be obsessing over whether or not the projected image will be every bit as "perfect" as a flat panel display (which we all know aren't "perfect" at all). Based on that, I think you probably should expect to need a higher-end screen in order to try and get you as close as possible to your expectations (which may still be a bit beyond what you'll actually get).
Choosing and setting up a front projection system is a lot more involved than "choosing components". You choose a starting point
that's in the ballpark of what you want, then you take the time
to figure out how well that will work in the room and how that compares to your goals. At this point you find out that what you chose isn't ideal, so you research
different equipment and start the process all over again. After a few rounds, you'll have figured out the hardware and setup that will work best for you.
You did the first step and then stopped. Now you're facing the challenge of trying to "force" a piece of equipment to work in your room at your screen size and discovering that it's a) difficult, b)expensive.
I think you'll just have to bite the bullet and see how it all comes out.