I was finally able to get my Epson 5030ub and 120" Motorized SI Slate up and running yesterday. I really cannot say enough about how impressed I am with this combination. I have the screen set up in my living room, with moderate ambient light control during the day. Projector throw distance is 22', making my setup ideal for a screen of this type. I sit approximately 14-15' away from the screen.
- The big worry for many, but with my throw distance I have zero hot spotting. Even with the projector in living room mode (which is quite bright) I see no visible hot spotting.
Sparkles/Silk Screen Effect
- This effect is very minor with this screen and is not enough to be distracting to my eyes. It is more pronounced the brighter the image you are throwing at the screen. In living room mode that I use during the day, you can see some sparkles on all white/super bright scenes. My previous experience with sparkles was on my old Mitsubishi Laservue 75" DLP TV; on that TV I found the sparkles unbearable at times. On this screen I would say they are probably half as pronounced and in most scenes are not visible. Even better, at night, when you put the projector into its darker THX mode the sparkles go away almost completely. Even on an all-white screen, from my seating distance the sparkles are not visible.
Off-axis Viewing Cone
- From what I can see, this screen loses very little brightly off-axis. This is nothing like the videos I have seen of Black Diamond and the side of the screen getting dark as you move from side to side. I can watch from my dining room table (about 45 degrees off center) and can't see the sides losing any brightness at all. I'm pretty sensitive to this effect also as my old Laservue was terrible off-center and my current 70" Sharp Elite also doesn't look as good when not view straight on. This is one of my biggest surprises with the screen, quite impressed.
- Very impressed, this is not a cheap screen by any means, but I can say I am 100% satisfied with what I received for the money. Motor is smooth and not too loud, construction is top notch as well. Aesthetics are very nice and it blends nicely into my living room with the white case. Also, the setup for the drop height was super easy using a toggle on the wall switch. No need to use any hidden screws to set the drop which I've read can be challenging on other motorized screens. And the 12v trigger hooked up to my Epson works like a charm!
Overall, this screen ended up being perfect for my needs. I researched ambient light rejecting screens for close to a year before pulling the trigger on this, but I am not disappointing at all with my choice. This screen will not work for everyone though, especially if you cannot accommodate for a long throw distance. I didn't have chance to test shorter throws for hot-spotting, but I would be cautious if you can't get a bit beyond the recommend throw ratio of 1.5.
Here is a picture of my screen with a crap ton of light on, not too shabby at all. And this was a dark scene. Something like Avatar or sports looks completely solid with no wash-out.
And here is quick video of the motorized action:
Lastly, big thanks to Mike from the AVS Store for the excellent service. I highly recommend giving him a call for a quote or advice on what screen will work best in your situation.