Originally Posted by iastater09
About to order Elite Aeon CineGray3D 150" screen for Epson 5040 projector. Projector is not mounted yet and I have a little wiggle room. Should I go closer to 15' or closer to 17'? Would 17' be better to avoid hotspotting? I know 15' would give me a brighter image, but probably don't need it anyway since the 5040 is bright enough.
Elite specifically mentions you need 1.5x your screen width as minimum throw. I have a 15' throw and I literally just setup a 135" aeon cinegray 3d last night. I'm very pleased with the image. However, I'm just over the min spec. For 150" screen I would follow their guidelines and stick with 16.5' throw or more.
That all being said, the image on this is pretty freaking good. I never bought it specifically for external ambient light, but I did buy it to increase my ansi contrast from light bouncing around my room. I have dark walls, but my room is multifunction and it has light carpet, white ceiling, and the "blackout" curtains glow during the day. It impossible to get the room completely dark except at night. I had a silver ticket 120" white screen for the past 2 years and I wasn't enjoying the picture at all. However my wife refused to allow me to treat the room further. I finally got the buy in for a new screen recently (I think she got sick of listening to me).
I've only had a few hours to demo it, but it's worth every penny. Honestly I think it might allow me to nurse my aging sony hw50es a little longer. I was a little concerned my projector would light it up enough (it's got over 1000hrs on current lamp), but it does quiet well. Surprisingly enough I can even disable the DI and it doesn't wash out the image like it did with the matte white screen. Sure I might lose some black level without the DI but the increased brightness and image pop makes it worth it for tv watching. For movies I just flip it back on and get a little bit better contrast at the cost of some brightness. Viewing angles are actually way better than I was expecting. There is a slight shift in the image brightness when you sit at an angle, further corner will be slightly darker, but its only noticeable on solid color screens. Watching a movie I was unable to perceive it. I only noticed it when I threw a solid white image up. Standing up, walking around my room I didn't notice much image shift. I would say it's comparable to my VA FALD 4k tv I have in my living room (JVC DM85UXR), but not as good as my LG IPS tv I have in my bedroom which has no saturation loss.
Aethsteticly I was also very surprised about how good the screen looks. It took me a little extra time to work out any waves, but I was totally going into this expecting to use the velvet border tape. After throwing it on the wall and having it almost disappear (I have dark grey walls), I decided to wait. After firing up the image and aligning everything as best as I could in ~15min, I was more than happy. Sure I can't get a perfect rectangle, but the slight border gap is barely noticeable, I forgot about it as soon as I started watching. Overspill though is very noticeable since the light is no longer squashed by velvet and it's hitting a textured wall. Overall I just think the tape would be way more of a distraction than leaving it clean and nude on the wall
I'm sure there are better screens out there for living room environments, but if you have decent light control and are just fighting some indirect light bleeding into your room I can't imagine anything being that much better. If you want to pay thousands of dollars for other brands low gain ALR screen, I won't argue with you, but this cinegrey 3d is probably a better bang for your buck. I personally can't justify 1000's of dollars for a piece of fabric on the wall (probably why I have no interest in art).
Next up I need to upgrade my projector and really light this thing up with more lumens and better black levels than my hw50es is capable of.