Originally Posted by mark haflich
Bill Miller and I spent a portion of today watching the Life of Pi in 3D projected with my Sony1000ES on my 54 x 96 Studeotech 100 screen. We then watched Skyfall in 2D. Both pictures were fantastic re picture quality. No ghosting visable in 3D showing Life of Pi. 3D was fairly dim though. After 900 hours I was getting only about 13 ft lamberts in low lamp mode. In 2D high lamp things were plenty bright. Life of Pi should be watched in 3D. Well shot in the beginning real non blue screen shots. Every trick in the book re 3D blue screen.
Yes, I had a very pleasant Friday night and all day Saturday with Mark and his delightful (and lively!) wife Jill. Thanks again, Mark, for true Southern Hospitality coming from a true Boston Yankee! (Fortunately you got me to Dulles on time, for the plane was beginning to board as I got to the gate, and it left on time. I guess the sequestration of the air traffic controllers is indeed over.) And it's cold here in Banff!
My primary HT goal on the visit was to see the Studiotech100 screen that Mark has been raving about, to see if I could tell if it indeed gives better pq than the Dalite HP2.4 that I have. Without seeing the two side-by-side it is of course not possible to be definitive--and as Mark said below, this just wasn't possible with his getting ready to move to Florida--but I certainly agree with Mark that the pic it produces with the Sony1000 is extremely smooth, yet sharp as a razor, and just about complete in every way. And Mark has of course been in this business much, much longer than I have been learning about it--he's installed many screens of different types (including HP's)--so one must certainly give his opinion great weight.
As Mark had his Sony1000 initially set up, and in low lamp, it appeared dim to me, lacking the dynamism I am used to, but Mark had no issue with this. When we measured, however, we saw that it was giving only ~ 7 ftL off the screen, so I talked him in going to high lamp, and with some other tweaks got up to ~ 14 ftL, IIRC. I liked this much better, though Mark wasn't sure that it wasn't too bright for his taste. We watched 'Life of Pi' in 3d, and though I still don't care at all for 3d, I admit that this rendering was well done. After finishing I put in the 2d BD disk, went to the storm scene, and liked it much better: the contrasts of the white breakers, dark sky, etc., I just found much more striking than the 3d version. But this is a matter of taste that people will differ on. (Watched 'Skyfall', 2d BD, and it really was superb. I believe we did this with 2.4 gamma, and in high lamp this really gave remarkable contrast for mixed scenes with light and dark material, so much beyond what one could ever get in a commercial theater.)
In the future I would still like to see the 1000 performing off the Studiotech100 side-by-side with the HP2.4--not that I don't trust Mark's judgment, but to see just what the differences are. Of course this is all a mute point for me, for I need the gain of the HP (my 1000 is optimally located for it) for my large screen--which you will have to 'pry out of my cold, dead hands'.