I know there are people that are using Designer White and they have digital projectors. We all know a white screen no matter if it's a commercial screen... UPW, Killzit, Rosco, laminate, Do-able, or Parkland isn't going to fair well with ambient light. If they did then there wouldn't be all the gray options. We also know that some setups and projectors can handle some light without too much of a problem, but still nothing considered an 'ambient light screen'.
With that said, who is currently using Designer White (or any other color or a laminate from another manufacturer) and aside from the obvious lighting restrictions any white screen has... what is your assessment of it?
I have a 52x92 inch DW screen. I dropped down from 54x96 because that was at the extreme upper limit of my zoom and it ended up the 52x92 was a better 'fit' for the wall I am using.
I do not see any problems with hot spotting. I will say the screen is very bright, so much so that it pretty much lights the room without any lights on, and I had to drop my brightness level. In a way that is good and bad... you can definitely see what you are doing in the room... it's no where near like having full room lights on, but I can actually read most of my remote buttons! The bad side in my opinion is I really like to watch epic movies with the room completely dark and nothing in view but the image on the screen.
I'm still playing with various gama settings and brightness levels. I think I will be able to get it setup so one gama setting works for casual viewing, and the other takes it to the darker level I mentioned I like when watching movies alone. On the plus side, as my bulb ages and the lumens start to drop, I know I will be able to get a bright image for quite awhile by starting to bring my brightness level back up. Plus when I upgrade projectors in March this screen should work nicely with whatever I get.
Colors are excellent, but it's a white screen and my projector looked fantastic with just a plain jane UPW screen so I didn't expect anything really radically different as far as colors go.
Gain... UPW is estimated with a gain of 1.0 at best, perhaps a little lower than that. DW definitely has some gain to it as was previously measured and graphed, and I can see how using a smaller screen could hot spot. (If it does and can't be compensated for, a slight curve could be the answer... and this stuff is VERY easy to curve and build a torus type screen...)
So now that there are people out there using DW, let us know your experiences with it...
The interest is in digital projector's and how well they perform with it, but I don't want to exclude any CRT users out there either.