Originally Posted by Schank
Actually Draper already has a alternative to the zero edge frame which it is called there Profile frame with the React MS1000v material. In my view it is superior to Elites Cinegrey 5D and there Polarstar material as I have all 3 samples...
I have two samples of Draper screen material - the React MS1000V and the XS850E. I also have two samples of Seymour Ambient Visionaire (1.3 and 1.2) materials, two DNP's (.8 and 2.3), two BD's (.8 and 1.4), Firehawk G4, and Elite Screens Darkstar. I don't have the Cinegrey 5D or the Polarstar materials that were mentioned in your comparison.
Here's my thoughts:
Draper - these materials ranked last out of all the ones that I have. I don't like the look of them at all.
Seymour AV - the 1.3 is close to a white screen, which isn't a compliment for an ambient light screen. The 1.2 was actually a really nice screen. In the 1.2-1.5 gain range, it was my second favorite. However, both screens scratch really easily.
DNP - these materials are outstanding and at the top of my ratings. Very scratch resistant, great off-angle (even the 2.3), and nice color and contrast. However, I've always wished for DNP to provide a screen material that was somewhere between the DNP .8 and the DNP 2.3 - the 1.2-1.5 range.
BD - The BD 1.4 has the gain I desire, but I don't like the off-angle viewing - it's really bad. I can't live with it.
FH G4 - just OK.
Darkstar - my favorite screen. It's in the gain range that I desire, and like the DNP, it's scratch resistant, and it has great color and contrast. The contrast is probably the best of all the screen samples. The blacks are nearly the same as the .8 DNP, and the whites are brighter than the BD 1.4. This is what I wanted from DNP, and Elite Screens has provided it. One word of caution - the sample has to be turned on its side. Apparently, someone made a mistake when cutting the material for the samples. If you don't turn it on its side, the off-angle will be the worst of any screen you will ever see. Turn it on its side, and you'll hopefully see all the positives that I've noted, along with very good off-angle performance (like the DNP's). For me, it's the winner in this category of screens.