Finally have some time to write. I second ruggercb. This Screen is not the holy grail, but it is a big improvement over a white screen in a room with ambient light.
This screen is a replacement for my very good Vapex screen. The Vapex's white screen gave a very bright, even picture, but simply couldn't fight ambient light.
In the morning, my living room catches a blinding amount of sun. Even with blackout shades and thick drapes, the room would block out the sun, but the room would never get completely dark. The baking sun would would bear down on the shades and drapes creating a sort of soft glow that gave the room a slight amount of warm light. So, during the morning hours, i would get a decent picture, but not a great picture. My white ceiling didn't help matters either. After getting the green light from my wife to get a different screen, i ordered the Cinegrey 5D.
After the UPS man delivered the new screen, I immediately ripped open the box to start assembling the new screen.
The first thing that struck me was that even though this screen cost 320 dollars more than my Vapex screen, the frame was not nearly as thick and strong. Don't get me wrong. The EZ Frame is good quality, but the Vapex frame is so strong It doesn't need a center support bar like the EZ Frame does.
Assembly of the frame was quick and easy. Attaching the material was the exact same rod and tab system as the Vapex, but was a little looser and easier to complete. (The Vapex was so tight it left me with blistered fingers.) Total assembly time was 50 minutes by myself.
Since I already had brackets on my wall, i simply loosened the screws and switched out the Vapex brackets for the EZ Frame ones. (Could not put the frame on using the Vapex brackets, so i was forced to switch.) 10 minutes later, I had the new screen on the wall. Putting the screen on the wall alone is doable, but much easier with two people.
As you can see, the screen is a very dark, silvery gray. Here's how the screen looks like in the morning with the shades and drapes down. The screen is close to being black.(Looks like a giant Plasma TV.)
With the drapes open, I can get a less than ideal, but still watchable picture. Under this circumstance, the Vapex white screen was completely unwatchable.
With the drapes closed, and the shades all the way down, the picture really comes to life.
With lights coming from the kitchen, the picture is still very punchy, with great contrast.
I couldn't photograph it, but the screen has a definite sweet spot where you'll get the brightest image. I wouldn't call it a pronounced hotspot as I've seen on other high gain screens. It's just that the screen is brighter if you're seated at the middle of the screen. I brought my penthouse neighbor over to see the screen, (He has a Da-lite high gain, high power screen) and he came to the conclusion that the screen was too high up on the wall and my sofa was too close. After moving the screen 8 inches lower and 2 inches to the left, we moved the sofa back about a foot so it's now 13 feet away. the improvement was huge and I learned that these light reflecting screens need to be placed just so in relation to the projector and the viewers seating position.
After spending the next hour recalibrating the projector using the Disney WoW disc, we sat down to watch the new "FROZEN" bluray. We were Ooooing and Ahhhing all the way through. Terriffic brightness. Great contrast. Great Color. Great Detail. And no apparent screen pattern or sparkles..
To sum up: I love this screen. It's not perfect. I'm sure it's not as good as the Screen Innovations or DNP screens. But at a quarter of the price, this screen is a dynamite value. Highly recommended.