Just how good is the FireHawk at shedding ambient light? Right now, I'm torn between the FireHawk and the Da-Lite High Power. I'm leaning towards the High Power based on input from Tryg and also just on price. Strangely though, I haven't really been able to grasp how the FireHawk and High Power match up against one another.
My setup will be:
- 106" diagonal 16x9 screen: bottom edge 28" off the ground; top edge 6'8" off the ground
- primary seat is 12 feet from screen, dead center width wise, eyes are about 3'6" off the ground
- other seats are just to either side of primary seat (one on either side) and on a riser behind: all seats within 30 degrees of screen center (15 degrees to either side of center)
- projector is 13 feet from screen: center of lens is even with top of screen (6'8" off the ground)
- I will have total darkness for serious movie viewing
- Walls, ceiling, floor and furniture are all dark so reflected light should be at a minimum
- For TV and gatherings though, I will have some ambient light.
- Ambient light is still low and controlled: 4 x 60 Watt sconces; two on either side wall.
- Light from sconces goes up onto ceiling and down along wall.
- All 4 sconces are behind the projector
Now, I've heard that even though I've got a ceiling mount, the High Power will still perform better than most other screens with some ambient light. But I also have a setup that should work well for the FireHawk (at least according to Projector Central).
What I really want to hear are opinions or experience on the High Power vs. the FireHawk in my particular setup.