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Hi Noah, welcome to the Shack!:wave:

You're getting good ideas from folks already. :T

I'll let mech help you with what screen to go with since he has experience with both commercial and DIY screens.

Since your PJ has a large amount of zoom you have the option of being able to choose if you want to have your 2.35:1 movies be displayed with black bars above and below the image and 16:9 images to fill the screen; or the other way around with 2.35:1 movies filling the screen and 16:9 stuff being displayed with black bars on the sides of the image. The first option is kind of the default since your screen would match your PJ's Native Aspect Ratio (16:9); the second option would have your screen be in 2.35:1 AR and require you to change the zoom setting of your PJ depending on which AR you are using at the time. The second option is kind of a pain in the rear if you don't have easy access to your PJ after it's mounted or if it doesn't have a zoom control on the remote control, but it does give you a larger image when watching wide-screen movies.

Gray screens are used for two things, improving image contrast and giving a better picture when some ambient light is present during viewing. These are attributes of all gray screens, the darker gray it is the more help it will be in combating these problems. It sounds like you need one, but not the other; but they are two sides of the same coin and can't be separated.

A gray screen will help you in getting better image contrast and colors in ambient light, but you will lose brightness in comparison with a white screen; this is simple physics. A funny thing happens though when your gray screen is the only "white reference" your eyes have when using the screen; your brain will be fooled into thinking that gray really is white! This is a form of optical illusion due to the way humans perceive color and brightness, but it works in our favor at times. This is why you can't compare a white screen and a gray screen side-by-side at the same time. The white screen will always have whiter whites, and the gray screen will always have blacker blacks and richer colors in ambient light.

The more light you can throw at the screen the better in ambient light situations and that is where you may run into a bit of a problem with your RS2. It is a good PJ, but not a bright one. Here is a link to a calculator that will let you experiment with different screen sizes and PJ distances so you can see how many foot-lamberts (fL.) your screen is getting hit with under different circumstances. http://www.projectorcentral.com/JVC-DLA-RS2-projection-calculator-pro.htm. We recommend at least 12 fL. when using Black Widow.

We have developed a DIY screen mix called Black Widow that works well in ambient light situations. It is easy to mix (only two different paints are used) and no measuring of components is required. It can be applied with a roller or sprayed. It has even been applied to retractable screens with good results. ;)

Don't be afraid to ask questions. There are a lot of knowledgeable folks here that will be glad to help you.
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