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Even tho Evan does not like or recommend, try a painted flat surface first - works well for most people. If you don't like it, you aren't out much. I use one with my Runco 980, a friend is using one with his Sony HS-10. Sure you can find better, spend more. But for 30 bucks or so, you can try this, see if you like it.
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I agree with flyingvee that it's worth it to try a painted flat surface first. If you don't mind a little manual labor, you also could try a DIY screen. (Of course, if you don't want *total* DIY, you could always prepare a flat surface and then paint it with something like "Screen Goo" to give it the screen qualities for which you are looking.
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Just a little different view point: but I'm of the opinion that it's worth-while to get the very best screen that you can afford. I say that with a condition however. The condition is that you must reasonably expect to keep the same screen size for quite some time. If you plan or even possibly expect that you may change your screen size, then it makes things more complicated.

But if you go for something like a 100" screen or a similarly "universal" size that works for practically any situation (somewhere between 92" and 120") then I believe a screen is more of an investment than just a companion to a projector. While most of us will upgrade our projectors within 2-5 years, the screen can quite literally last a lifetime.

Stewart's screens are virtually universally heralded as the best and they are what you will find in most professional applications. A 100" FireHawk could easily be the only screen you ever need to buy and that means that even though it may cost more out of the gate, over time, it becomes a tremendous value.

It's just something to think about, so I wanted to offer my opinion. I certainly think highly of Da-Lite. In fact, I use a Da-Lite screen myself. Reason being, I want a 110" screen. But at the moment 92" is as large as I can accomodate. When I move and have the space, I will buy a 110" FireHawk and feel quite confident that I will never have to buy another screen.

Anywho...take that for what you will

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I agree. If you want "top-of-the-line", and are willing to pay for it, go with Stewart. A fixed screen is best, if your HT will accomodate it. You can even cover it with burgundy window drapes to really make it look like you're in a theater.

Carada makes very good screens (even though Evan didn't give them a very good review). David Giles, the proprietor and owner, provides excellent service and will bend over backwards to make his customers satisfied.

I bought a 106", diagonal (16:9) Da-lite, Model C, Hi-Power, pull-down screen because I couldn't go with a fixed screen in my dual purpose room (LR & HT). I got it for a less (about 60% of MSRP including shipping) than the same sized Carada and I'm very happy with it. I'm using a Panny L300 and I'm planning on getting the AE700.
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Thanks for the help. I am leaning towards the Carada Criterion, based on the review from Audioholics.

The next question I have is the screen type. I have a basement room in which I can control the lighting pretty well. It has two really small windows so I can get it pretty dark down there, even in the daylight.

The question is, with the Panasonic AE700, should I get a high contrast screen material or a brilliant white? The AE700 has a decent contrast ratio and decent light output so I am torn. Does the gray screen increase contrast that much or am I better off getting a brighter image?
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