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I have a light-controlled home theater in a converted room off the garage. The installed dropped ceiling doesn't allow a ceiling mount so I'm currently using a BenQ HT1085ST 3D 1080p projector on a low stand and a Silver Ticket 110" 1.1 Gain White Screen. If I upgrade to the BenQ TK700STi 4K 3D projector, can I continue using the same screen or should I install a Grey Screen to increase contrast? Are there any other short throw projectors under $3000 I should consider for my upgrade to 4K?
[Edited by AndrewM1952 on Jan 22, 2022 at 5:04 PM]
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The Ultra Short Throw models have reportedly much higher contrast than the standard 4K models at this point. This may be because of some non-specified iris or other mechansim which pumps up the contrast. But, they are reported as being better than normal 4K DLP models.

It may be worth waiting to see how the BenQ 3000i performs, but that's not really a short throw model.

I'm not sure why a drop ceiling would prevent a ceiling mount. Every boardroom in the world pretty much has a drop ceiling and they use ceiling projectors all the time.

CMA440 to the rescue.
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There's a ceiling light fixture that can't be moved exactly where the CMA440 would be mounted. So, let's say that for the sake of domestic tranquility, I'm restricted to a table-mounted short throw projector until we move to a larger home, and I can contemplate further upgrades. I'll keep the CMA440 in mind, though.

The home theater is used for movies as we're not gamers but I'd like to upgrade to a short throw 4K 3D projector. We do enjoy watching 3D movies and prefer watching them in the theater as opposed to the LG OLED 65" 4K set in the TV room. So, do I keep the Silver Ticker 1.1 Gain White Screen or replace it with a Grey Screen, if I upgrade to the BenQ TK700STi?

I appreciate your professional insight on this as all I can do is comparative shopping on-line. Getting straight answers at websites can be difficult. Retailers often concentrate on up-selling, not information.
[Edited by AndrewM1952 on Jan 24, 2022 at 4:50 PM]
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The BenQ is certainly 4K capable, but beyond that, it isn't a huge improvement unless you have a ton of 4K content and you have all the sources and equipment in place already for 4K viewing. Resolution remains one of the lower impacting factors for image quality, and you must have very good source content to get the gains of a new projector.

But, it is a solid selection.

It has been a complaint for a number of years now that BenQ doesn't have a direct short throw replacement for the 2150ST, which was a direct replacement for what you have.

The TK700 is more of a gaming model. It is bright, and it is short throw, but there isn't a single 'theater specific' model like the HT3550 in a short throw variant at this time. So, the 700STi is a very solid model, it just may not be a huge step up in quality unless you strictly are going to move to a lot of HDR 4K content.

Remember, 4K content requires all of your equipment to support it.

Would I change screens?

No, I would probably calibrate the projector to the best that it can do on your existing screen before considering any screen change. A grey screen does not improve contrast, it really just makes the entire image dimmer, unless you get one with special optics in it which adds a world of other issues.
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It's a Dolby Atmos home theater with a Denon 4K A/V receiver and Energy main speakers with a pair of Onkyo Dolby Atmos speakers. I've been holding back on watching 4K movies in there until I get a 4K projector. The LG 65" OLED 4K TV is also in a room with Dolby Atmos and a Denon 4K A/V receiver. I'm ready for a bigger screen for the more current movies and streaming from Amazon, Netflix, etc. Thank you for your insight and time in helping me out.