Originally Posted by KDH
As an owner of a 115 ze I would disagree. I have white screens . They just do not have the pop of the bd. There is almost no color shift. Its not even enough to notice. Im very pickey here. at 14 ft you see no sparkles at 10 ft yea thats too close. The ONLY downside that I see is a limited vewing angle. If setting at the edge of either side then no problem but moving at large angles then it drops off on the other side. Much like an lcd tv. I see no color shifting as with lcd though. Turn on light and forget about a white screen. I would never again watch a white screen. It is just an overall dullness to the image where the bd gives a plasma look to the image.
You can't generalize about screens that way. It's always a combination of the projector brightness/contrast/room so it makes no sense to say a BD screen "looks more plasma like."
If you take the .8 gain BD screen material, that is quite hard to light up at anything beyond a 100" 16:9 size for most affordable/good quality projectors - e.g. the type most of us on AVS buy. I've seen it many, many times with a whole variety of projectors and, while it holds contrast well under challenging conditions, the image is typically much dimmer than I see in other projection set ups. (That's one reason why Screen Innovations tended to use smaller-than-100' screens for their reviewers and demos). The image I get on my Stewart ST-130 1.3 gain material in a light controlled room (JVC projector) is WAY more vivid, contrasty and punchy even at beyond 100" image sizes than any projector I've seen on the BD .8 reference material. And to my eyes much more plasma-like in terms of wide viewing angles, screen material disappearing, and lack of hot-spotting.
If you use the 1.4 material, yes you get a brighter image than the .8 material, but given the hot-spotting that doesn't carry over the whole screen so the average illumination is less than the 1.4 spec of the screen. I've seen that screen material in action numerous times as well, including with the same JVC projector I owned, and it looks nice, but I still got a punchier image at home with a full white screen, and easily looked like as much or more contrast (I have a very non-reflective room). Plus, again, less hotspotting, wider viewing angle, much less obvious screen texture (I see the screen texture very easily on the BD 1.4 screen at any reasonable viewing distance).
Further, even when it comes to wanting some lights on with a white screen, if you place your lighting sensibly you can have light over the portion of the room where you actually need it, and not aiming at your screen. In my case I can put the lights well up over the seating area with minimal effects on picture quality. See these photos:
Of course you will always get the best quality with lights fully off, but that will be the case with any screen, BD screens included.
The BD screen is a terrific product for it's intended use - preserving contrast in challenging conditions. But there have unfortunately been a lot of misleading comments and claims related to that screen material.