Originally Posted by mark haflich
Millerwill. This forum and almost all the forums are so dead I thought I would open up one of my major topics re the 1000ES, ta da screen materials.
And I recogoniuze this presents something that a right answer or rather an ideal answer doesn't exist.
First, my primary objective for display quality, at least for me, is to have a you are there experience hich is just not possible with a flat screen active display. I am alkways aware when watvching such a panel that I am watching something on a TV. Enjoyable? Certainly, but I am vever fooled that I am there, even observinf threough an open window
for that to happen I have to be watching in 4HD or 4K with a unity gain textureless high resolution screen. Somethin g that presents the pixels with no bleed caused by the screen I get this now with my Studeotec 100 screen. But. to completely fool me i would need a full peripheral vision display. A wide curved screen the also enveloped me and that can't be done at unity gain with the illumination provided by the 1000ES.
I have settled for a less wide screen which does require wearing side blinders so to speak. You have chosen to elevate the peripheral need for reality but simply don't have a screen that will provide my first and your second consideration.
this I know is troubling and the best self preservation attitude is a really, does the screen material make such a difference to the you are there. i appreciate you willingness to concede that it might but with a caveat that one needs to verify it. My position is that you don't. Its a fact in my opinion just as I fully recognize the screen that fills your peripheral is also a necessary criterion. The solution is a 4K projector with a lot more lumens. hpefully something that the Redray projector coming by next years end will have. Some are predicting (that predicyed by this years end, six months from now. I think history has shown this to be undue optimism. Sony will have a solution by the end of first quarter but it will be too expensive ($45K) for all but a few.
I hope this post stimulates some thoughtful posts.
My projector has visably dimmed at 300 hours. It is still fine for my size and unity gain screen but it would clkearly no be insufficient for any screen that was significantly larger such as a 123 inch D 1.78. much lager unity gain screen.
Ultimately, it's always about compromises unless budget is no limit.
I would agree that one wants the screen to get out of the way, but a dim screen is one definition of "getting in the way", as is grain/texture.
I think you'll find that most HP users are very pleased with how little grain there is, no hot spotting, and reserves of brightness when needed. I often watch not critical stuff with the lights on in my room, and it's more than adequate to display a reasonable image for sports or casual TV viewing, and I prefer not to be in a bat cave every single time. I'm not sure, but I don't think many HP owners sell their screen, unless its for a bigger model.
So if you can deal with the 30 degree viewing angle and the eye-level mount point for the projector, the grain (and I call it as close to imperceptible as you can) is the far, far lesser of two evils than the lack of brightness (especially if 3D is a consideration, though for me, its more about using it ambient light for non-critical viewing).
I've tested other Stewart film materials, and while a small sample is not fair, my interest was never piqued to the extent to explore more.