Originally Posted by Sam Ash
Hi Dave, can you kindly explain why you were not happy with the current generation of the Black Diamond 1.4 screen ?
What have SI fixed in the current version ? Any sign of sparklies / shimmer ?
Any improvement to ambient light rejection and viewing cone ?
Is the image quality better on the current version ?
Hi Sam Ash,
Sure. So far, I have not been looking for sparklies/shimmer, so I don't have a comment there. I've been looking for contrast, clarity, ambient light capabilities, and angles - so I'll comment on those. This is based upon my friend's BD 1.4, which I installed for him 2.5 years ago. It was a BD III, which SI claims to be the same as their current gen material. It's also based upon a brand new BD 1.4, which is setup at a store here in Phoenix (Scottsdale actually) with a Sony HW55ES.
Contrast - actually, no complaints here, the contrast is great. The only ambient light screen I've seen with better contrast is the Elite Prime Vision Darkstar.
Clarity - I noticed a bit of grain on my friend's BD 1.4, but the one at the store seemed to be better. Did they make some improvements? Not sure. Still, the Darkstar produces a clearer picture than the new BD 1.4.
Ambient Light capabilities - both BD 1.4 screens that I've seen do very well with ceiling mounted recessed lights. However, daylight coming in from a side window has a big impact on the picture. Yes, it is better than a white screen, but still not great in my opinion. In the store, you see the TV's getting more daylight than anything else, and they look much better than the BD with much less daylight hitting it.
Angles - at the store, there's a glass wall to the left side, and if I sit in line with the left side of the screen, it's not too bad - still compromised compared to no daylight, but OK. This is a 106" 16:9 screen, and I tried different distances from the screen - basically from 8' to 14' from the screen. Moving to the middle seat, it's gotten worse. By the time I get to the right side of the screen, it's awful (in my opinion). Contrast is gone. In a dark room it's not as compromised at an angle, but it's still noticeable.
The new one looks great overall, and without a comparison to the Darkstar, it should make for a nice ambient light screen - as long as we're talking room lighting. I still think that daylight brings to much compromise (for me) to a BD 1.4 + projector.