I was hoping to have a 110'' cinema-like experience at home but it seems to me a little unrealistic at this time, at least within $10k budget.
I am using a 130 inch diagonal (10' wide, 2.35) screen, and the Ruby is very bright, and this is with only a 1.3 gain Studiotek. I an using factory settings right now and will try to use Loving DVD's settings tonight.
My image is very bright! I use the shortest throw distance possible, maybe that is helping a lot? I checked the bulb timer... I only have 60 hours, I thought I had more than that... Maybe it will dim a lot more, but right now there is plenty of brightness. Maybe the curved screen also effectively raises the gain?
I highly recommend my setup since I believe everything is working synergystically
1) ISCO III lens: Allows you to use the SHORTEST throw on the Ruby, increasing light output while also allowing you to use the CONSTANT HEIGHT method which fully uses the full SXRD panel in 2.35 movies
2) Curved screen: probably increases the relative gain of the Studiotek material from 1.3 to around 1.5 (rough estimate), but with the naturalness of the Studiotek material. Corrects for the slight pincushioning of the ISCO III.
In this case I'm using 130 inch diagonal and only 1.3 gain, yet I have a VERY bright picture. Consider the above factors as well. I'm looking forward to Loving DVD's settings tonight... I'll probably use the 100 hour settings since I can 'age' the projector right into those settings.... I have to dig thru the posts again. Actually, I think the 100 hour settings are those in the parenthesis... So after I use those settings, I assume I also have to usethe service menu to apply the other tweaks on sharpness, etc... I am also anxiuos to see Alan's? light cannon tweak...