I spoke with Joaquin at Stewart Filmscreen this past friday about Firehawk Vs Studiotek when using the VW600ES. He has been with Stewart for 15 years and I trust his judgement as he has always lead me down the right path. He felt the exact way I do that Firehawk is superb for environments that have some possible light and that the Black levels will remain great with little or no washout. For the person with a Pitch Black room and no chance of light at all then the use of Studio 100 or 130 is fine. We have never used 100 but with the added brightness of the 600 and if the screen size warrants it, the 100 can be a great option for people in pitch black rooms that dont need a 1.3 gain.
In talking with customers over the last few weeks who are having VW600s installed, we found a few things important to know. They all want larger screens and now with the added light of the 600, they have the ability to go bigger. The days of 100" screens is over. We have customers ordering 135s and 150s and even bigger. They all want 2.35:1 and when asked almost every one wants the ability to have some light on in the room when watching. One customer said to me that when they have football events with a bunch of guys drinking beer, he said to me do you really think I want it pitch black during football? I laughed and said why ? He said half the beer will end up on the floor and people trying to go to the bathroom or kitchen in the pitch black is not an option. He said they will hurt themselves. I totally agree with this.
We see more and more people building rooms that are multi function. Yes of course some Man Cave rooms can be pitch black because usually its a 1 or 2 person residence with little or no visitors. In the world we experience regularly its larger families entertaining and watching movies and quite a bit of TV.
The new Firehawk G4 has a slightly tamed gain from the Firehawk G3 as Stewart felt with the new Projectors having so much more light that this was an opportunity for them to make the screen better overall. The Firehawk G4 allows for more off axis viewing and overall they claim an even better image that Firehawk G3.
In the coming weeks we will be taking a large piece of G4 and overlaying it over half of our G3 to hopefully show the difference between them. We hope to also show the G4 VS Studiotek 130 with and without light in the room.
I don't want to take this thread off the VW600 as its our by far favorite projector we have ever hung overall and the people with them so far are raving of the overall picture. I would love to see more mini reviews of the installed base on here so please post more pics of your 600 installs.
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