Just got back from the DNP showroom in Anaheim, CA. They also gave me samples to take home. The clean borderless look of the Blade is amazing. Since I live in Orange County I can get the screen within 1-2 days! It's also nice that the screen isn't shipped rolled so don't have to worry about creases.
Unfortunately for me seeing a demo with overhead lighting is not the same as excess sunlight, the problem in my room. As I expected, with lights on the "pop" of the 23-23 was great but the blacks looked grey. The 08-85 on the other hand looked more impressive in dark scenes (especially with lights on). Brighter images were were still much better than the white comparison screen but much dimmer than the 23-23. I guess you can't have it all, although for the price I would hope to. I figure for daytime sports viewing I need the brighter image and for dark movies I'll probably be watching at night anyways so hopefully it won't look too grey.
Since the images were a slideshow and not a movie I'm not sure if you can still get shimmering but I certainly did not detect anything like that. Of the ambient light rejecting screens I've seen (this, black diamond, stewart firehawk), I liked this the best. Only alternative I would still consider would be the Elite Darkstar which I don't think can be demoed locally.
Last edited by bronxkid; 11-05-2014 at 02:09 PM.