I bought a 152” wide 2.35 AR microperfed Stewart Ultramatte 150. While colors absolutely pop on the screen, I am sensitive to the screen’s sheen. My dealer sent me two samples to compare before I made my purchase, which were the Studiotek 130 and the Ultramatte 150. At the sample sizes provided, it was extremely difficult to tell the difference between the two samples. I decided to go with the Ultramatte 150 because the sample sizes were so similar and it seemed to offer a little more gain without being too far removed from the Studiotek 130. Well, after owning the screen for three months now and set-up for the past six weeks, I will say the big difference is the sheen coating is a bit extreme on the Ultramatte 150 compared to the Studiotek 130. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not seeing many sparkles, if any at all. It’s just the sheen coating is noticeable when lighter colored images are on the screen. While I enjoy the experience of playing games, watching TV shows and movies on a screen that size, at times, I am taken out of the experience when my eye catches the sheen.
I spoke to my dealer and he asked if it was hot-spotting from the projector. He thought maybe the projector was too close to the screen. The projector is twenty-two feet from the screen, which is far enough from a 152” wide screen. In addition, it’s not hot-spotting because the sheen coating is fairly even throughout the screen.
I based my screen size on a demo room from a Home Theater store here in San Antonio called Bjorn’s. They have quite a few dedicated home theater rooms that are pretty awesome to visit. Their largest room is the one that caught my attention. It has a 155” wide 2.35 AR microperfed Studiotek 130 paired with a Sony 5000ES. Needless to say, the image is gorgeous! The sound system compliments it well too! After seeing this demo room, I figured I would go with a screen of similar size because I have the space in my theater and I loved how immersive the screen size felt.
I’m not writing this to knock the Ultramatte 150 or to speak ill of it. Heck, I own it and it definitely has its place. It’s just that I’ve noticed newer members on the forum asking for a comparison between the Ultramatte 150 and the Studiotek 130 and I was in the same position last year asking the exact same question. Very few people on the forum had much experience with it. And on top of that, there were absolutely no demo rooms available to view the Ultramatte 150 first–hand anywhere near me. I’m sure it’s probably the same for many AVS’ers contemplating this screen. I will say that if I had to the opportunity to do this again after seeing both the Ultramatte 150 and the Studiotek 130 at larger sizes first-hand, I would choose the Studiotek 130. The Studiotek 130 has a great image, less sheen than the Ultramatte 150 and it’s very similar in gain. If you are not very sensitive to sheen or can altogether ignore it, the Ultramatte 150 may be a great screen for you. The colors do pop!