Originally Posted by WV
How is it with light in the room? My experience with projectors is that you have to have the room super dark for optimum experience. That is why I was going the 92" Mitsubishi DLP TV when my basement is finished.
Projectors always work best if you have complete light control. If you do have a bit of ambient light in the room, you just need a projector with a higher lumen output (brighter) that can overcome the light in the room. The tradeoff is that the brightness of the projector can wash out a bit of the picture detail. Also, a brighter screen can help if there is light in the room. Screens can go from almost a gray color (for a completely dark room) to a really bright white color for rooms that have some light. My first theater was in an English basement that had some light so I used a brilliant white screen from a company called Carada and it worked really well. The screen was $800 but compared favorably to screens you would buy at B&M stores for over $2,000.