I have noticed that the forums are over run with talk about budget front projection screens and other make shift budget solutions. So much talk is wasted about projector performance when a projector and screen is a marriage that should not be compromised. This thread is more or less directed at all the newbies in the front projector hobby. A screen is an investment that lasts a life time and even a cheaper projector should be mated with a high quality screen. A high quality screen will bring out the best possible performance from all projectors, even budget models which need all the help they can get. In my previous experience with CHEAP screen solutions, brightness is only one of the drawbacks. Contrast performance-hotspotting-color bias- resolution, and quality are all substandard with low cost alternatives. How many threads have you read comparing projector models and with no mention about the screen they were showing them on? Understand that a front projection system is a reflective technology. Can you see the light path from the projector to the screen? No you cannot. In a properly set up system, only the screen will be illuminated which throws light back into the room. This is the information your eyes register. Picture information does not go directly from the display device to your eyes as a direct view television does. There is a so called 'middle man' that re-transmits the information from the projector back to your viewing spot. Why would you want to compromise this very important step by cheaping out on your screen? I know that budget restrictions can dictate the final outcome of everyone's theater but this step should not be overly compromised. I read about these 20-100$ do it yourself solutions and can't help but laugh about what I am reading. With a proper screen, you are trying to reflect back to your viewing position the EXACT information that left your projector in the first place. Does anyone not understand this? Tell 10 individuals the same story and you will get 10 different replies back. The same applies with screen technologies where you will get 10 different picture responses with the same signal applied of course with identical room lighting conditions. Maybe I am one of the lucky ones who can afford any screen I choose but even if you can't, take your screen choice more seriously and do not put all your attention on the projector alone. You will be glad you did.