If it helps anyone, we have our 6020 paired with a Screen Innovations 1.4 gain 110" Black Diamond screen. Our room can go fully blackout, so I wasn't sure whether I wanted some of the trade-offs that come with that level of gain. The throw distance is about 16 feet. I've been up and running for about two months now, testing things out and learning how it all works together. Some of my tweaks have been good, and we watched a couple of very different Blu Rays recently -- Downton Abbey and Enterprise, for example -- and the wife and I both thought "Wow".
Which takes us to yesterday, when Jeff Meier came by for a full-on calibration. That cracking sound you heard last night was the sound of our jaws hitting the ground after we sat down to study what Jeff had accomplished. Oh my freaking word. Game changer. We were impressed with the Epson / SI pairing all along, but I would have assumed the color and clarity we saw last night would have cost twice their price. Or more.
The native THX color on the Epson / SI screen combination was very good from the start. I had made some minor changes that had helped. Jeff acknowledged we were starting in a good place, and then went on to make major
changes and improvements in the color, gamma and overall light levels. The combined impact of all of those changes raised the 6020's measured light output by > 20%, while still allowing it to run in Eco mode, keeping the unit very quiet and extending bulb life. The image color now is just exceptional.
Then he got into dialing in convergence and focus. It took the better part of an hour and was worth every second. The before and after on that part alone was way beyond what I thought was possible. I knew while he was working that we were making a quantum leap, but last night I was able to soak in the color, light and convergence work he had done. He has calibrated other displays for me in the past, so my expectations were high. Despite that, I am just blown away.
I won't speak for Jeff, but as most of you knows he sees tons of displays all over the country. I think he sees the 6020 as a best in class performer, and in my particular room, he really liked the Screen Innovations / Epson pairing. I had been forced to do that part here locally without his help, so it was a huge relief that those decisions had been good ones.
Below is a useful screen background report that may help some of you get started on figuring out what would work best in your room, and also getting your arms around some of the trade-offs that can come with amping up gain and using different kinds of screen materials.
Have fun and good luck! Edited by mogrub - 4/22/13 at 11:56am