Originally Posted by MississippiMan
The "Build" seems pretty well done...and the Trim seems to be of excellent quality.
However there are a couple Red Flags.
# 1.4-gain, 3-ply Perlux-Silver material for ultimate home theater use
# Superior color accuracy, high contrast and reduced
That doesn't sound so good, especially with a 8350's lumen output.
If you place the 8350 about as close to the screen as you possibly can and still Zoom out to fill the 128" screen surface, and use "low lamp" mode, you can help to mitigate hot-spotting to a degree. But really...starting out at a disadvantage and then trying to adjust to compensate is never an easy or advisable thing to consider...unless one simply has to do so.
High Contrast? Unless the Screen's color is a Gray that works to attenuate black levels, with 1.4 gain, the only outcome will be to "reduce" contrast...not even "maintain' existing contrast performance. The "Silver" can / could help...but the main emphasis of that screen is the pearlescent finish and the gain such provides. Had they made the Screen significantly darker via the addition of more silver and/or a "Gray-ing" additive, the claim of "Increased Contrast' could have been made...and even perhaps validated.
All things considered, the listed price on the Link is a good one for a Fixed Screen of any quality...and the example shown seems to fit that description. Sales hype notwithstanding. But be prepared to adjust your PJ placement and calibrated values to get anything close to ideally suited image quality.
Thank you very much for the reply.
I have ordered from this supplier in the past, and I know their build quality already (pretty good).
The reason I want advice, is because I'm not familiar with how this projector would perform with 1.4 Gain value, and more importantly, I have zero experince with "Silver" screens. I know what to expect from white ones (bright, but contrast suffers), and grey (good contrast, but not a bright).
I am planning on calling the supplier for advice (apparently they have been pretty helpful to buyers who ask for advice on projector/screen combinations).
Aside from Marketing hype, I see they claim: "Better color representation than the Elara White material, along with better contrast than the Elara Gray material means no performance compromise or tradeoffs".
Here they are comparing the performance to their own Elara lines of white and grey screens (the base models, not the "Reference" line), which is what caught my attention in the first place.
What do you think of that claim?