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Ax1lla

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Hi. After doing some research I bought an Epson 2250 projector. I am going to figure out exactly what size screen I can get but I am guessing about 120 inches based on the distance. It is in my basement and in a section that has no windows and very little ambient light for the most part. My question is… I’m having a hard time figuring out what’s the best type of screen I should get is. I want a fixed screen. With the Epson 2250… Which is brighter I think than most… Should I be looking to get a gray screen or a white screen? Also, should I be looking at a 1.0 gain screen or something less? I’m just having a hard time figuring out what combination with my Epson would be best. Also, for what it’s worth I am painting the walls in the ceiling very dark gray. Please let me know if you need any other details. The projector will be mounted from the ceiling. It will be approximately 15 or 16 feet away. Thanks!
 

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Corey,

Welcome to HTF!

Based upon your description of your viewing environment, I would infer you are after improved contrast more than anything. Grey screens can be great, but also come with compromises in color reproduction, so in your light controlled room I would not go that route.

My suggestion would be to get a 1.0-1.2 gain white screen. There are a couple of affordable options that I really like:

Amazon product
or this one, from Elite Screens. Note you do have to select a material.

Amazon product
 

Ax1lla

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Thank you so much. And yes, after reading I was assuming that I have above average brightness with the projector I picked, and that I should be picking something that helps with contrast so that I have the best of both. I admit to being confused by this subject though. For example, if I compare the epson 2250 with the Benq2050a.....the reviews seem to say the Ben Q has better contrast (darks are better). But, the specs for this show that the epson has a contrast Ratio of 70,000:1. The BenQ has a ratio of 15,000:1. On top of this, I just read an article that says contrast ratio is basically a useless spec. Regardless, I am really looking for the best way to display movies. So, it sounds like a white screen with an even or slightly higher gain ratio is the way to go?
 

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Contrast is impacted by two things, black levels and peak light output. A higher gain screen will boost both, meaning blacks won't be as "black" but brigher whites will make things appear to have more contrast.

I would say that those CR specs are mostly useless since they're engineered to look better than they are. If you can find a review outlet like rtings or projectorreviews who has reviewed both, their contrast numbers should tell the story better.

In your case, I'd go with a 1.1 gain white screen if I was choosing for myself
 

Ax1lla

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Thank you guys! Truly appreciate it. I have been researching HDMI cables, projectors, screens, audio equipment, etc. until my brain is bleeding. So many choices and I'm not knowledgeable enough. I have my projector and my fiber cable. Now I feel better about getting a screen. Next up will be my audio setup. After researching this I will probably be posting again to get your advice.
 

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