Originally Posted by airscapes
Hey Garath, how did you like the HP 2.8 sample? Doesn't show much does it.. too small but very bright! Colors look great on a full size screen, almost impossible to tell on that sample.
Hey Doug, yeah the HP 2.8 is very good indeed, very bright. Even with my less than optimum PJ positioning, I'm still getting 50FtL in high lamp (so I reckon a gain of about 2.0) - and its noticably brighter standing versus sitting. Artificating seems minimal in the seated position, especially compared to some of the other high gain screens I have samples of, which all seem to have around sparklies to one extent of another. The only exception being the Draper XTi1800X which has no artifacts at all.
The Draper is marginally better than the DaLite in outright image quality terms and is a very nice surface indeed, but only gets to 35FtL in high lamp in comparison (a real gain of around 1.4 in my set-up).
Problem with the Draper is its not available as material only, I'd have to get rid of my current screen in its entirety, rather than buy the material and re-use the existing frame (which I have customised to fit my space). Problem with the DaLite is it isn't made anymore, so I'm relying on a second hand purchase!
The rank outsider so far is Severston Cinema White 1.3. It has an actual gain of around 1.3, so around 31FtL in high lamp. It is also slightly sharper than both the DaLite and the Draper samples, and it is also available as material only. The only downside is very slight sparkling on the brightest white elements. When running closer to 16FtL the sparklies aren't evident, but if I want to use the chosen material for HDR, I don't want the sparklies to be evident in the highlights.
If I can get hold of some of the DaLite material at the right price, I will probably snap it up and go with that, but its a matter of finding a willing and friendly seller!