Originally Posted by avtexan
I am down to my final selections on a dedicated home theater and I need some help. The room is 14' x 21' with 10' ceilings. It is light controlled and will be acoustically treated. I will use it for 75% movies and 25% music. It will be a 7.2 setup.
I am using a Runco LS-5 with the a-lens. I want around a 120" 2.35 AT screen. The first row will be around 8 1/2' and the 2nd row will be around 15'.
I would like to put the PJ in my a/v closet which is about 20 1/2'.
What AT screen would you guys recommend? I have heard great things about the Enlightor 4k or SMX 4k AT screens. Would one of these be a better fit in my set-up?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!!
With your first row seating distance being 1.12 screen widths, I'd say you're a candidate for 4K material. I just got done doing a rather extensive comparison between the SE Enlightor 4K and SeymourAV Center Stage XD materials (SeymourAV represents SE in the states). I was sent some large samples of each, and when I took them out of the shipping tube my first impression was how translucent the 4K material appears in normal daylight as opposed to the heavier and opaque XD material. The 4K material is light, flexible, and thin, with almost no visible texture unless you're within about 6" of it. The XD material is heavy, rigid, and thick, with visible texture detectable from several feet (whether or not the texture is detectable is dependent upon the lighting conditions and one's visual acuity). Note that the translucence of the 4K material yields a slightly lower gain than the XD, and it also is the reason the 4K automatically ships with black backing material (to prevent objects behind the screen from being seen).
I put the samples up on the wall side-by-side and did some A/B comparisons between a JVC RS55 and a Sim2 HT3000E using Kung Fu Panda (to evaluate fine detail as well as screen texture/moire with large blocks of uniform color) and Braveheart. I set up the screen size and seating distance to match the 100" wide 16:9 image I'll have on my 135" 2.37:1 screen and my first row seating distance of 118". In terms of brightness, the XD material is noticably brighter in a side-by-side comparison, but not by a huge margin. However at my seating distance, the 4K was clearly the overall winner. Screen texture was essentially undetectable, there was zero moire, and pixels were easily resolved. Fine detail was well resolved because of the essentially solid nature of the screen. The XD, although brighter, did have some detectable screen texture at my seating distance, mostly during bright scenes, but still no moire. For the most part fine detail was visible, but because of the texture and my seating distance there were some scenes where it didn't appear to be quite as visible as with the 4K. The two screen materials were slightly different colors of white, which yielded a subtle color shift relative to one another during the side-by-side comparison. However it wasn't noticeable when viewed on their own, and it's nothing that couldn't be alleviated by a proper calibration.
I haven't seen the SMX 4K or Elite 4K material, however based on the picture of the Elite 4K it appears to be very similar to the SE 4K; the SE 4K is available now, but last I'd heard in December the Elite 4K won't be available until the end of Q1. If you're going to be sitting close to your screen, I'd highly recommend considering any of the 4K materials.