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Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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While your situation as described certainly does not call for the need or expense involved with a BD Screen, it can benefit from a DIY application that can match or exceed the performance specs of a BD screen.
Screen size, throw distance, and projector choice all come into play in deciding which of the advanced DIY Screen formulas will serve you in best stead.
Let me/us all know your price point for a PJ as the selection of such should center around a PJ that will accommodate your desire for a future "Morph-Scope" system, while allowing for a Zoom option to fill a screen made in that format.
Bear in mind that the ability to perform well under ambient light conditions...while desirable, is not the sole criteria for judgement. Having a screen that does not shift colors, nor present any real degree of "Graininess" while doing so (...because it also can maintain Gain...) is what you really want to possess. In both those respects the BD screens fall short. Silver Fire can however be made to be exactly what you need for any given situation.
Truthfully speaking, the BD screens are not the benchmark for us to determine what the SF applications need to be equal to. They never were. If any Mfg Screen fits that job description it's the offerings from DNP (Supernova) We have always chosen the best "Ambient Light-oriented" Mfg Screens to attempt to duplicate, and the DNPs are it.
Less expensive overall than the BD offerings, they still cost a bundle though, and there is that darn restriction as to the sizes available. But here are the two chief reasons we choose to compare SF to DNP. First, the DNP screens are ISF rated for Color accuracy (only a relative few Mfg Screens quality...) and it does what it does "Ambient & Gain-wise" without introducing "speck-u-larity" issues. (ie: graininess)
So 'dems der what we wanna be like. And whats you wanna have. And if it takes a bit ow sweat equity and a very modest expense to achieve such, well ya gotta be leave itsa gol'durn worth it.
To quote James T. Kirk;
"I'm laughing at the superior intellect"