Originally Posted by Ftoast
The more aggressive screens will fight that lighting a little bit and the less aggressive screens will fight it even less...but they'll all be performing so poorly compared to their full potential that they'll likely appear fairly similar regarding light fighting ability, yes.
The different screens WILL still have different gain/brightness to compare.
The closest light is still hitting the screen only a few degrees different than the projector's own light-angle, so you'll be relying about 95% on the projector's brute lumen output.
So I got Carl's Sample pack and what I found was slightly surprising. I have attached 2 photos, very rough... all against my Scorpion N9 painted wall. ...one on axis, one if I sit to the side of the room.... ~30 degrees maybe?
The sample I have are top to bottom left to right:
• Carl’s ALR
• Carl’s Flexigray
• Carl’s White
• Scorpion N8
• Silver Fire 2.5 #3
1) The Carl’s white is very white…. And smooth…. Not really a surprise… nice surface. Obviously the black floor is higher than any other surface testing and the worst in ambient light, etc.
2) The Carl’s Flexigray is a very smooth surface, and appears about as dark as the Scorpion N8, but… here it is… with a lot more sparklies on axis… quite noticeable to my eye… and signficiantly more than my Scorpion N9 full wall, or the Scorpion N8 sample. This was pretty disappointing, but I guess they are boosting the gain quite a bit..
3) The Carls ALR had, to my eye… much less sparklies than the Flexigray! Very surprised by this. It is not totally grain free, but not overly objectionable to me. Based on the feedback I have rec’d, I would not have expected this at all. I really like the ALR….. *but*… my concern is off axis…. When I move to the end of my couch, just about 4 feet from center from 11.5’ viewing distance onto 112” inch wall…. The image on the ALR gets significantly darker to my eye…. See the photos… I’m sure this is the off-axis ambient light rejection at work …. But I’m thinking this will provide a pretty noticeable light to dark viewing cone if I had a full ALR screen no? Ugh, too bad if I’m right as everything else about the ALR is really nice… the light fighting, the contrast, the decent white levels (on axis)….
4) The Scorpion N8 sample is just like my current N9, just a touch darker…. Some very minor sparkles, but smooth overall… both on and off axis.
5) The Silver Fire sample I have is very, very sparkly, but does produce a image full of pop….
Bottom line is for a minute, I was really excited about the ALR…. Until I moved to the side or moved the sample to the side while sitting in the center…. Any thoughts? Is my assumption about viewing cone being a noticeable issue the correct one for the ALR? Thanks!