I'm particularly curious about the EluneVision Elara Vivid Pro-Cinema Grey 1.8 Gain screen. First question: does this screen have a noticeable texture (visible in highlights)? I had a 1.8 gain gray Optoma GrayWolf screen for 6 years... I didn't like its texture, nor the waves that developed in it over time (manual pulldown).The Problem:
I can't control light bounced off my screens to ceilings/walls reflected back onto the screen. The top of my 120" screen is only a few inches away from the white ceiling.Observations:
I recently bought a 120" 1.1 gain fixed frame Elite screen, only to realize that my contrast dropped 3-fold from my 1.8 gain Optoma GrayWolf screen (grey base). Primarily b/c light is being scattered to my walls/ceilings & raising my black levels so they're literally gray. I get contrast ratios of ~60:1 w/ a Epson 8350 (for intra-scene contrast, assayed via a black-to-white wedge on screen). Same Epson 8350 gives me ~200:1 on the old GrayWolf.
I figure the GrayWolf that I've had for 6 years performed so well b/c:
(1) 92" is smaller than 120", so a much smaller source of light for walls/ceilings
(2) Microbeads reflect light, more so than 1.1 gain diffuse surfaces that scatter light. Hence the microbeads on my GrayWolf helped to channel more light back towards the projector, less to my ceilings/walls.
(3) Gray base helps blacks probably more than it hurts brights, but that's just a hypothesis of mine that I haven't really tested.The Solution?
Based on this I was thinking of a high gain gray screen. I'm figuring high gain retroreflective is good since most light is reflected back to source, so I'm assuming less light is scattered to surrounding walls/ceilings? And gray just b/c it reflects less of any ambient light that does make it back to the screen. Is my thinking correct?
If so, is the Vivid Pro-Cinema Gray a good choice? I don't like the texture of the GrayWolf, so would like to avoid anything that adds too much texture.
My other option I was thinking about is a DaLite High Contrast High Power screen (2.4 gain with gray base).
- My projector is on a rear shelf, so I can move it around such that it's very close to my viewing position.
- 15' throw
- Don't care about off-axis viewing, since I'm sitting very close to this 120" screen (most of us watching are within a narrow viewing cone)
Any input would be much appreciated!