I've been a long time lurker on the forums. We completed new construction - which included a dedicated theater room - over a year ago. I've been reading the forums almost daily trying to decide on what to buy. Thanks for all the (often entertaining) help and advice...
I desired a larger AT screen (140-144 wide 16:9) - and needed enough light output. First row seating is about 10 ft, second row/primary seating 16 ft. I decided to go with the Sim2 Nero 3D2. I'm still deciding on a screen. I constructed a temporary screen from 2 x 4 framing using 8 ft x 12 ft material from Home Depot (forum rules prevent posting URLs for first 3 posts: Model # 633792 Store SKU # 633792). The temp screen is approx 140 wide 16:9. The material is stretched around the frame and stapled to the back side of the frame.
Total cost of temporary screen was less than $35, including lumber and corner bracesThere is a seam down the centerwith scattered splotches and color irregularities
I fired up the 3D2 and was amazed at the picture. I changed the setting for the lamp to the lowest (230W) for 2D and it is plenty bright. I don't know if the lamp setting remains the same for 3D or is separately adjustable. I'll check the next time I have a chance.
I plugged in the 3D emitter and tried on the 3D glasses. My 3D selection was limited to Green Lantern at that time. I've since added Tangled.
My family was amazed - as was I - with the 3D image. We didn't have any issues with 3D brightness. No flicker. No Rainbows. No ghosting. No visual fatigue or headaches. Like the OP, I initially was not interested in 3D, but I'm extremely pleased that I gave it a try.
I don't own any video measuring or calibration equipment, but to my eyes the out of the box settings were excellent. I lowered the lamp to the lowest setting (230W) and I did not notice much of a difference between 230/240/250/260/270/280 watt settings in 2D. I don't know calibrated lumen output, screen gain etc. But I like it a lot...
If it wasn't for the seam down the center of the screen, I would have a difficult time convincing the Controller to allocate funds for the real deal