My 100" Reference 4K 100 motorized screen arrived within 3 days from Eastporters.
This screen is to replace a fixed Carada Precision Brilliant 1.4, as a PT65ZT60 now holds that position.
Packaging was good. Even though it took a hit to the box that went through the cardboard, plastic and all the way to the metal frame, there did not appear to be any damage.
One end-cap on the bar was cracked, probably from the factory, and there were some scratches from the retaining clamps.
All the hardware, cables, remotes etc were present.
Beware of the supplied mounting screws....the metal is very cheap and the Phillips will it strip easily.
Instructions were adequate. One person can install the screen themselves.
Instructions could be clearer concerning setting the limits of travel.
Raising the lowered limit about 20" from max, took about 2 dozen clockwise full turns of the "B" adjustment screw.
The room is completely light controlled (blackout cloth sewn into curtains). Projector is a Panasonic PT-AE2000U. Throw distance approximately 14'.
I was surprised by the amount of light passing through the screen...this material seems suited for rear projection, as well as front projection.
There is a 65" plasma just a few inches behind the screen.
The reflection of light off the plasma back to the screen has to be a significant detriment to the picture quality.
This may be a deal breaker for me.
Initial impressions were a bit disappointing.
The 1.0 gain Reference material is significantly "duller" than the 1.4 gain Carada, even after recalibrating the brightness and contrast.
I could no longer use my calibrated Color1 preset, and had to switch to the higher output Normal mode.
I'll perform a full recalibration of the Normal mode tonight, but know it will not setup as accurately as the Color1 mode.
The Reference 4K 100 screen appeared much more susceptible to ambient light than the previous screen.
I always was able to have some light in other portions of the room, but a completely dark room is now required to achieve an acceptable contrast ratio.
I'll update after tonights calibration.