Received my V6 on last month , the order came quickly from Norway and obvious is late for changing to V7, however the new info says the gain is minute and audio loss a bit higher than V6. So I keep the fabric and go for the change from non-AT scope 117”curve to flat 120”AT.
The build is a new Scope screen, slightly larger in size wood frame with eyelets and hangars just like the old one, so no need to use with supplied grip rails and tool.
The frame takes a lot less time to make than the old curve one so allow me more time to focus on the wall for the center speakers as I’ve no intention to move the two side main tower speakers behind the screen as there’re limited space for both of them.
The baffle wall is insulated with acoustic fiberglass panels covered with fabric.
To experiment a better center stage with broader audio dispersion especially movies dialog before I hang the new Screen , I add a pair of desk top with identical drivers to the left and right side of the center speaker separate by about 20 inches, the source come from the AVR pre-out and connect to an amplifier that feed the output through a Monoprice speakers selector which will balance the output and impedance of the two added speakers as one.
Now I’ve one decent size center speaker at ear level across the wall behind the Screen.
The speakers are set within ½” from the screen with the metal grilles removed as I think the Screen fabric is a good diffuser itself.
After I hang the Screen, first is to adjust the Projector images and the Panamorph Phoenix Lens to its best with No distortion ,then follow by the Pixels alignment, for the previous curve screen has caused some Chroma Abreaction on screen sides .
After the adjustment, I already notice the clarity and sharpness improve significantly from those grid patterns and those red and blue line are easier to converge than before.
Next is to run the AVR Audyssey for the sound system then play the early Dolby Atmos demo disc for the set up result.
After the audio calibration I heard the two add on speakers sound a bit harsh and recheck the mounting shelf and realize the speakers are ported at the back, lucky I can access to the back wall with ease and cut out a small opening to vent the port.
So rerun the Audyssey again and this time the demo disc Trailers sound amazing as if the screen is alive with a giant speaker.
The picture colors look a lot richer/sharper and brighter from side to side, the audio center clearly is louder and crisp like the music video Bailando is stunning.
Later, I watch a few chapters of my favorite BD collections to test out the dialog of some movies that usually are obscured by surround sound and as well test the picture quality for the 3D.
The result is so immersive and breathtaking as if I'm in a new HT. I hope I have made that change few years ago and now the V7 is here, however the V6 and Phoenix Lens have given a new life to the old projector usage , such that 4K upgrade is going to be postponed.