Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Grand Blanc, MI USA
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I have just gone through all of my screen samples from Da-lite and Draper. I thought for sure I would be ordering the M2500 (because of all the enthusiasm here) but this is CERTAINLY NOT the screen for me. It was so bad, in my 132"x73" situation, that I figured a high gain screen was out of the question. The hotspotting and noticable wrinkles, etc, seemed to be terrible as I moved the M2500 screen sample around different areas of the screen. I tried this with the M1300 and the results were quite pleasing without as much "punch" in the reflected light (and I like the returning colors better). I have been quoted $290 for both of these which I think is a good price (material only).
A day later I received my Da-lite screen samples. I tried most of them, staying away from the high power, and still liked the m1300 the best. Then, just for kicks, I tried the High Power Da-lite and was very impressed by its ability to kick back some serious light while maintaining uniformity. I thought that it would be dim due the fact that it sends light back to the source so a ceiling mount situation is not the ideal for this screen. I must say, though, it kicked back way more light than the M1300 when I am seated on the couch and is much more pleasing than the M2500. I would guess I am getting about 1.8-2.0 gain out of it. From all of the experimentation I have done the High Power still reflex more light from all areas of the screen than the M1300 does in its best position (the center). The m2500 would appear very dark when placed towards the edges of the screen location.
So my questions are these: Is there any other disadvantages of going with the Da-lite High Power considering my application (ceiling mount with large screen and 15-17ft seating distance)? Will it be alot more expensive? Is it ok to assume I will I get better contrast out of the High Power than the m1300? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.