So I finally installed my Elunevision Reference 115 screen that I got to replace the Elara II and I'm chiming in with my impressions. I have a large room, half of which is being used as a Home Theatre. Using an Epson 8700UB at 14' throw distance, light controlled room. The problem I had with the Elara II was the gain sparkles and the slight hotspotting and overall subpar black levels... but mostly the sparkles bothered me on the bright scenes. So here I go with the Reference Screen up, I immediately noticed a huge difference. The sparkles completely gone, colors a lot more accurate (comparable to my isf calibrated Pio Elite plasma) just overall a much better (natural) image. This screen has absolutely no texture unless you're inches from it. The 5 velvet border looks great but I was happy with the 3 one on the Elara as well... I would trade the border thickness for a bit more screen if I could
as I switched from 120 to 115. So definitely a positive experience overall but not without negatives. Seems that the way the screen was rolled for shipping put some 4-5 kinks (horizontal stripe bends) on it and they are still there after stretching the screen, I doubt that they will disappear with time as I've had it up for a week and they didn't get any better. I'll see, I might have to call Eastporters about that. Also, unfortunately my blacks are far from comparable with my plasma, in fact I may even say that they're worse than the old screen in some cases, and herein lies my problem... you guessed it, light colored walls and ceiling! I admit that I knew it was a big NO NO and I underestimated that aspect. Of course what is happening is on dark night scenes the black are to die for but as the scenes get brighter light reflected by the walls and ceiling wash out the blacks considerably as this screen spreads the light evenly on its surface. This is where the 1.4 gain Elara was slightly better (not much) by reflecting light back and not diffusing it. At least that how I see it (physics was never my strongest subject). Anyhow there is no going back to the old screen, this one is completely superior but I do have to start painting the walls and Dark brown (latte, sorry) is the best I can do, however the ceiling is a different story as this is a multi-purpose rec-room and my wife is not too excited about black (or dark latte) ceilings. I'm posting some pictures of my setup if someone has any ideas on how to make the space more projector-friendly. So to recap, I'm very happy with the Reference series screen but also disappointed because I know what it's capable of doing in complete darkness and due to my bright walls I can't always have complete darkness. I suppose that's my fault, not the screen's but something to keep in mind nonetheless if considering a purchase.
Oh, just to be clear, the attached pictures are taken with flash and full light to show the room conditions not the screen. I'll post some under more appropriate lighting to show the screen actual performance.