Originally Posted by Ximori
Good questions. While waiting for Ch1 - here's my take: screen is angular-reflective; if projector is properly positioned (very important), then brightness uniformity will be very good across the screen area, not an issue wherever side or corner you view it while seated. However, once you stand up then you will see it brighter either on top, bottom or middle, as Dominic already explained. Though small samples can help in that situation - that's why your questions are valid.
You can see my reviews earlier in this thread with pictures of the Microlite samples I received... I actually was quite meticulous in making sure I had the sample perfectly orientated and the vertical viewing cone was a deal-killer for me.
After much research (probably way too much research but we all know how easy it is to obsess on these forums
), I decided to pull the trigger on a DEA (Dark Energy Abyss) framed. I will report back my observations with a detailed review on other areas of the forum. But more on topic, I'll do a comparison for this thread to the Microlite samples I have as well.
In my opinion, taking all of the above into account, along with the recently posted images above, it's difficult to see any advantage the Microlight has over some of the other similar or better performing ALR screens out there. And don't get me wrong as it definitely made me sad for a while because I'm a big believer in the concept of a film-based screen! Fortunately I discovered the DEA product.
For a screen that is supposed to advocate ALR properties, it took some considerable dimming of the room lighting to begin to allow for any appreciable image quality from my samples and from that that which is posted on this thread. Within the proper narrow viewing cone, I will say I was very impressed in complete darkness with the screen concerning brightness and black levels.
The mentioned very wide viewing angle simply means that the screen will do poorly if ambient light is coming from the side. The "narrow" vertical viewing cone shows that the screen has essentially the same performance limitations that so many such identically designed ALR screens have (and I like to really lean back and recline when I watch movies haha).
In other words, it's going to do poorly if seating is at multi-level positioning, or viewing takes place from anywhere other than a specifically restricted height. (bar height - standing - massively laid back). It has been my experience that even if viewing is acceptable while seated, when people do rise and see the image "go away", that seems to be the general impression they are left with... as it really turned me off and I began my orientation experiment just in case they messed up the sample (I tried all possible orientations of the sample and there is a 100% vertical viewing cone limitation which is way too extensive for me).
And then there is the revelation posted a couple pages back about the sheer fragility of the material. While careful proper care during installation will avoid most chances for issues or complaints, the likelihood of damage definitely scares me as I'm quite a klutz at times.
It would seem that with the lower gain sample, some of the above listed issues should be lessened...but I tested both the lower gain and higher gain samples (see me earlier posts) and I found the same issues with both. I look forward to seeing how others' results and opinions when testing those examples (...or screens...) turns out, but as for myself, at this point the die is cast, as I have ordered a Dark Energy Abyss screen w/frame. I will keep in touch when it arrives!