Originally Posted by tiddler
A couple of questions for those with laminate screen installed and in use:
I'm using the Pionite 813 Ice White laminate, projector is a PLV-Z4, theater room has dark taupe walls with white ceiling and is completely black (can't see a thing) with lights and projector off.
Is the screen visible in the image?
I'm not sure what this means, if I'm close enough to the screen it is visible because of the SDE.
Before adding a velvet border, the position of the screen was very visible, but now it's hard to judge where the screen position actually is (is this what you mean by the above?)
Does the image look realistic and natural?
Watching HD on PBS (Utah: National Parks) is phenomenal, it feels like you're actually there.
Does it look like you are looking through a window on the scene in the image?
Are you dissatisfied in any way with the image?
I would like to have darker blacks, but not at the expense of an overall darker image.
I've tried taping a piece of aluminum foil (dull side out) to my screen, thats the screen I'd like... if it just didn't have the narrow viewing cone.
Re: laminate textures,
I've examined some laminate samples under an 8x optical magnifier...
Formica has the smoothest texture, followed by the Pionite, followed by the Wilsonart (coarsest). Texture on all three is only slightly larger than the DA-Lite HCCV sample I have.
Even though the Wilsonart Designer white is alot whiter than the Pionite Ice White under daylight, the projected image is darker than the Pionite... I think it may be due to the Wilsonart having a coarser texture and less sheen than the Pionite.
I also tried projecting an image on a larger (2'x4') piece of Formica and noticed a huge variance in the brightness where the panel had a slight bend in it. I think the smooth texture on the Formica may have some hotspotting issues with brighter PJs.
Also... if anyone's considering using manual 2.35:1 screen masks, rare-earth magnets can be placed behind the laminate to firmly hold a light weight mask to the screen.