OK....I have had 10 days to recover my sanity and soak my feet. I came away from this experience with some high praise from several thousand show goers.
The best comment of all? "Is that a TV?" to which I reply, "No it's a Projection System and Screen"...to a response, "Really ?!!!?...to which I follow up, "But actually, that is not a Screen...it's Drywall painted to create a ultra high Contrast High Definition image".
"NO WAY !!!"
So I tell 'em, I don't have any "Do Not Touch"
sign under my screen, so go Rap on it with your Knuckles.....hard."
They invariably do...although some ingrained instinct makes them just "Tap" so I usually have to insist they Rap harder.....
The end result is a lot of people were hanging around, telling others exactly what i had just stated. Cut me some slack time, they did.
But beyond that, having the 143" be compared to and being stated as being "as good as" the 65" 4K Direct View sets being shown elsewhere was very satisfying....indeed.
Sound-wise, there was also the usual question; "Where are the Speakers?" and the resulting stares of disbelief upon my answer about the Drywall producing the sound. Then...a whole 'nother round of Hands getting Touchy-feely on the Walls and Screen.
All around, it was those responses (...a well as little bit of acquired business...
) that kept those 24 days from becoming a "21 Days Later" affair and my turning into a Zombie.
I would at this point like to stress that a good deal of the perceived quality of the Image was due to the Wall / Ceiling Treatment
Black surfaces being referred to as being the "best" for reflective light control is not really the case. Black can be tediously dull, and if one must result to using Fabric, unless strict observance as far as maintaining Fire safety and Burn resistance is observed, a room swathed in Polyester Velvet is a tragedy waiting to happen.
If an darker surface of a Matte, darker shade is used along with effective light control (properly placed and directed lighting) the end result can be the suppression of most all light where needed most.
As an example:
The room was designed to be used in both full illumination. In fact. all the photos taken have the shown degree of lighting in the 1st image present in the rear areas above the seating. The Rear Door is always open as well.
The next "Intense Flash Shot" shows the actual colors...a Dark Gray with very slight Greenish undertone, and a Light Gray with very slight greenish overtone.
The same without Flash in actual room lighting:
These next 5 shots were taken with the image in motion, hence the slight blurring...but the first 3 show the actual color of the Wall, and the amount of wall / ceiling reflection...or lack thereof quite well.
Here is a composition shot of the same projected image in total darkness and full room lighting:
And just so as to show that this is no "small" screen, but a 143" 2.39:1 biggie:
With no Hot Spotting or Viewing cone issues:
It's all about a wise choice in Color / sheen. "Black" as being defined as a absence of reflected light, not the actual color "Black"......
So at this point I wrap up this Theater project. But there are more in the immediate future. Next up ( Pre-Wire is in ) is one where I must deal with a room where to the right side of the Screen the side wall consists of a Knee Wall / Sloped Ceiling...and the Left side is "square Framed".
9' Ceilings...two Platforms....12 Chairs....26 Transducers...6 Clark Tactiles, 2 Outlaw LFM-2Plus Subs, Onkyo 818 w/ Emotiva 5 Channel Amp (315 wpc) for R-L-C-R&L Rear amplification, OPPO 103D, Panasonic AE-8000u...and of course, a 130" Silver Fire v2.5 4.0
Screen on Drywall.
No crazy time restrictions though..........