Originally Posted by Roland Janus
can you share more about the screen?
Whatever comes to mind, the good, the bad (the ugly
It looks like a good compromise for 2D and 3D.
Anything more about the 1.3 gain on 2D?
My room is 100% light controlled and dark. Probably not bat cave black but very close so to start with I have an ideal situation . My PJ is 13.5 feet from the screen and in line with the top of the screen.
2D on this screen is spectacular, I see no texture while viewing , the screen does not have any visible texture anyway. The viewing cone is really wide, and to be honest for the most part non existent . There is
no hot spotting either a problem with other screens of similar gain. I will check this again today with a camera flash as I have seen others do, but to my eye, I cannot detect any brighter areas in the center at all.
This is one of the reasons I really like this screen, it does not drop off to the sides, so all who are watching from any seated position have the same experience. When I view a 16:9 image CIH on this screen I am
left with 1ft of unused screen on the sides. In my room these side bars are so dark ,that they are almost not even detectable. For the purest I'm sure they would want masking, for me I hardly notice. Comparing
to a Black Diamond 2.7 for light control I was surprised to find my screen will hold its own as long as the light in the room is not directly from above. When that occurs the Solar 4K will totally wash out whereas the BD
will be better,not spectacular, just watchable. If the light is from the center , rear or from a wall sconce the Solar will look as good as the Black Diamond and DnP that I tested. In a dark room the Solar 4K did
not have the pop the BD 2.7 had but the Solar was more than sufficient. Color on the BD was washed out in comparison and shifted off axis, the Solar remained consistent. The pop and brightness of the BD would
defiantly give a better 3D experience and work with the lights on , but for 2D the Solar is hands down a better option.
My previous screens one a Da-lite and second a Grand View were both 1.0 gain, matt white. Hard to make any comparison because my previous PJ and room colors were not Ideal . The experience I have now
is by far much better, especially with 3D and the screen size I have now is much bigger.
I have many, samples of various screen materials on the way , once I have them I will report how they perform. Today I have a sample of Hi-Power 2.4, that will be interesting as I have a angular reflective situation in my HT
and the Hi-Power is made for retro-reflective application. Others have used this similarly with a 1.8 gain net result. I'm more curious to see how that works out to be honest.
If you only intend to have one screen, you have a dark light controlled room and keep the screen size around 34ft sq the Solar 4K is a great alternative .
Manufactured screens are expensive, be sure to consider all the options and get many samples and try in your room . The DIY screens are also a great alternative if you have skills. The Silverfire paint is supposed to
be a great product too but this would also depend on your skill level.