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Dark Edges with a Firehawk G4
I am in the final stages of choosing my screen. This will be a 120 +/- inch screen with a 1.6 TR, viewed from about 11 feet. This is in a loft area, that is moderately light controlled, but gets a fair amount of ambient light in the daytime. It will be either the Tiburon or Firehawk G4. I have samples of both. I have moved them all around the screen on various freeze frame images. I really like the way that the Firehawk makes blacks look, especially with some ambient light. However, whenever I move the sample to the edge of the picture, there is a noticeable darkening, even from the center axis of the screen. When viewed from a seat that is 3-4 feet off center, the sample on the far edge of the screen obviously gets even darker. I realized that this is an inescapable compromise to using a higher gain ALR screen.
I realize that per the standard guidelines, my setup is acceptable for the Firehawk screen. However, my main viewing position is entirely within the 35 degree half gain zone, but my far left and right viewing areas are more like 40 to 45 degrees offset from the far edge.
My question is whether the unavoidable variation in brightness that will occur across the screen is noticeable during viewing? I am thinking that the darkness I am seeing with the samples is primarily due to the small size of the sample piece, which is being placed on a temporary screen consisting of the Carl's white material, which I believe is 1.0 or 1.1 gain. I have also see off angle pictures of the Firehawk like this, that make me think it will be no problem.
Last edited by socalsharky; 07-08-2017 at 12:29 PM.