SAT 4k AT Matarial mini-review:
I got the material shipped to me last Friday. After setting it up on my screen and viewing for about 8 hours, here is what I think of it.
First, my setup
Screen Size: 2.40 130"
Projector: JVC RS500 with 730 Hours on it
projector Calibration: Was calibrated professionally when it had 120 Hours.
Room: Dedicated HT with all walls/ceiling/floor covered with black velvet.
Viewing Distance: 10.5'
Projector Mount: Minimum distance (utilizing full zoom)
Previous screen material: Falcon Horizon
Pics: Will post later.
Falcon Horizon is supposed to have a 1.0 gain but it seems like it had around .8 gain when my projector was calibrated. Before I changed my screen to SAT 4K, I was watching everything my my projector in Low lamp and Iris fully open. Even then, I was left with wow factor. It was only when I had to put the projector in High mode where I could see the real beauty of what RS500 is capable of. Basically, it was kinda dull image due to lack of brightness.
After I switched to SAT 4k, I could notice the increase in brightness but it wasn't as much as I was expecting. SAT 4K is supposed to have a 1.18 gain and I though that after installing it, it'd be like viewing in High Lamp with Falcon. That wasn't the case. It sure has more brightness but in my case (screen size), it was just about enough brightness with Iris set to 0 in Low mode for 2.40. Viewing any 16:9 movie is simply jaw dropping. I had to in fact move Iris to -4. Keeping it at 0 was a little too bright. Last night I was watching "Black Sails" and it looked amazing. There was really nothing more I wanted. It even got me thinking what one would get with HDR cause the brightness was just spot on. A calibrated projector with right amount of brightness is just breath taking. It completely had the look through the window effect. I didn't get that with Falcon because I was missing the brightness and never bothered putting my projector to High. When viewing movie in 2.40, I had to move IRIS all the way to 0. Then there are moments where I go like OH wowww and then sometimes, hmmm if it could be a little brighter. So I'm still struggling with 2.40 a bit. Watching Oblivion, all the scenes where Tom Cruise is flying outside or when he's laying on the grass looks amazing. The only scene where I felt like it could use more light was when he was talking to Wikki in candle light and the scene in swimming pool. I thought if the lights could look a bit brighter. May be the scene itself doesn't have too much lighting there. Reflections of light on their faces looked great though. Prometheus looked Amazing all around. So may be its the specific movie scenes that got me confused and brightness is good enough
From my viewing distance of 10.5, I didn't find any artifacts with material. As for sound, I calibrate with Dirac and check with REW. I didn't find any difference there either. My room is a 7.2.4 configuration and sounds great and after the screen replacement, it still does
. So no issues with screen as compared to Falcon.
Final Verdict: For me to move on to SAT 4K is a step towards right direction. It is brighter. Falcon is a great material as well but just missing the brightness as compared to SAT 4K.
Update: Just spoke with the sales person in Severtson and asked if he's ok with sharing his info. He is fine with that. If you guys want to place an order or ask for a sample, he's a great fellow to work with. His contact Info
Name: Aaron White
Contact: 480-610-5155 Ext: 108