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Hey all, new here and also my first time setting up a home theatre. I have a few questions regarding screen choice and setup distance for the Sony VPL-VW325ES I purchased:

1. Have been calculating my throw distance on the projectorcentral calculator (16:9 screen, 120" diagonal screen size, 13' throw distance). I don't quite understand the image brightness stat shown. At these numbers the bar reads 24fl and is colored green bar, I take it that is a good thing? The room will be able to be turned into full darkness if need be, will my image be too bright for a complete dark room?

2. Looking at screens, a Silver Ticket STR-169120 white 120" screen with a 1.1 gain. How will this match with the settings I mentioned in the question above? Stick with this white one or go for a higher gain grey screen?

Just wondering on anyone's thoughts on this info?
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There is almost no such thing as too much brightness on screen and almost all projectors can be setup for more or less brightness depending on your needs. This question gets asked several times a year and I've seen it dozens of times over the years.

Don't worry about it.

120" is a VERY typical screen size. Any common, decent projector, will handle 120" without any issue.

I would not use a grey screen in a good room with that projector. Positive gain grey screens have to use optical coatings which introduce sparkling and other negative screen factors. Don't use them if you don't have to.

In a proper, dark room, dark walls, dark ceiling, dark carpet home theater the professionals (Stewart Filmscreen, DaLite, Draper) continue to recommend a white screen or a slightly grey negative gain screen as the best option.

The Silver Ticket screens are a perfectly acceptable entry level screen.
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Thanks for the reply, much appreciated. It looks like my distance from screen to projector is going to be less than I thought, and will be around 12' (the farthest back I can go). It looks like on the projectorcentral calculator that if I adjust the size to less than 12'10" it starts to adjust the screen size down from 120" (even when locked). Does this mean that 12' is to close to throw with this projector on a 120" screen, or is it that I can still use that size screen but it just won't fill it with picture fully to the edges? Not sure how accurate this calculator is based on this model but should I rather get a 110" screen instead which looks to max out at 11'9" giving me room to play with? I think I may have the space to set it 12'10" from the screen but that is the farthest I can go and it is the max on the calculator.
[Edited by TheFlush on Oct 13, 2021 at 5:58 PM]
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If you look at the throw distance calculator for that model and set the screen size slider to 120" diagonal, you can see that the Throw Distance slider to the left of it has a blue range highlighted that says 12'2" and 25'0". That's your available throw distance for that projector. You can't put it any closer and get a 120" diagonal. If you have less than 12' lens to screen you would need to go with a 110" diagonal screen with that projector.
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