I have had my Ruby/Studiotek 130 combo up and running for about a week now and I wanted to offer my initial observations. As with all Stewart screens the frame is I think, exceptionally well made. The frame assembly was precise and the screen snapped on without a hitch. The Studiotek 130 surface provides a detailed and vivid image, that is, with ambient light under total control. There are No hot spots or moire effects. I feel the need to reiterate my statement that the image from my Ruby is stunning on this screen....with the caveat that the viewer must be in a totaly dark, 0 ambient light controlled room. Turn on a table lamp and poof, the screen begins to wash out. Once any ambient light is introduced that causes this effect, any additional light increases the 'wash out' but not as dramatically as that initial input. I have found Mark Robinson's statement, "The Studiotek surface will really look much better if you eliminate all of the decorative element lighting while viewing is underway.", to be absolutely correct. Any body else notice this effect?
I would hope that while the Studiotek gives up image quality in the presence of any ambient light, it gains the edge with a precisely defined, dramatically vivid image when used in a totaly dark home theater setting. This is
what I was looking for when deciding upon which screen to purchase. But now I must come up with a way to shield the room/screen when the kids come in and go out, come in, go out ad infinitum, through the rear doors
. Maybe I'll convert my adjacent dining room into a lobby
. (to Wife, "What do you think hunny? OK?")