Originally Posted by jer181
The first screen that they sent me, sure. (it was sent back as it had ripples all in it) The second screen however was a new cotton blend with almost no texture that you can see up close. I was told they were testing it, I have never seen it on their website.
Now that sounds pretty interesting. ST has always striven to get to the next level based on feedback....something I noted all the way back in 2010.
When they switched to a smoother vinyl material, their perceived Image quality took a big step forward....and Hey....they did that before the advent of 4K just to make the 1080p's look smoother. I chuckle to think how Elite held fast to their textured surface on the VMax series....just to maintain a degree of gain slightly higher than 1.0 and still suppress loss of viewing cone issues.
I haven't really been too concerned with gain....I mean, the V6 material is clearly adjudged to be among the finest AT experience around, and it is just 0.85 gain vs 0.7 gain for Spandex. Both specifically require....nay, demand adequate Lumen be delivered, especially if the Screen size goes up beyond 110" diagonal in any format. Once one gets up to there it's clear that there are only a select few 4K PJs that can muster up enough to come up to par when HDR is being employed. (2600+> "HTG" Lumen) Before HDR, it was 3D that was the hard application to satisfy.
It's not hard for anyone to see how HDR's need for higher gain Screens has driven many to deal with a lot of image quality issues. Graininess....loss of Viewing Cone width....even overt color pushes.
There has never been a time when the need for Lumen output relative to screen size wasn't made clear to any wannabee Spandex adopter "beforehand"....if they simply asked first. The other major attributes...virtually a lack of discernible weave along with low buy-in price simply nailed the lid shut for many by virtue of most all other choices having either some nasty Screen artifacts or significantly higher cost...or both.
One can be certain that even if any new generation ST-AT screens prove to be real performers at a lower price point, there will still be naysayers. And brook no mistake, let the newer ST-AT screens get to a point where they are only 2x as expensive as a comparable DIY Spandex Screen and I will be advocating their use for a much larger cross section of Members. I embraced ST screens as a affordable Mfg alternative to DIY'ing years ago.....despite my being a dedicated DIY advocate.
Somethings just cannot go ignored if one is to maintain any degree of veracity in their given advice.