Originally Posted by JT37
Any thoughts on how Slate 1.2 performs compared to Firehawk G4 ALR performance, viewing cone, and color shift?
I haven't gotten a G4 sample (or HALR) due to large throw ratio requirements.
Today I evaluated a large number of samples from Seymour AV, and was very impressed
. Their AT material Center Stage XD
is pretty comparable with moderate gain white diffusers (with a little loss of light).
One standout was the "Matinee Silver
". It is very comparable to, and to my eye, slightly superior to SI's Slate 1.2: brighter at screen center, similar excellent contrast (with blacks just a touch less dark), and a bit less light fall-off when placed at the screen edges, great ALR performance in moderate light, and not as hotspot prone as the Slate. Sadly still not really acceptable edge performance with my 1.4x throw ratio, not to mention they don't (yet?) make retractable ALR or even non-AT materials, but Seymour AV is a fantastic company to work with. If I had space for a fixed (or curved) screen and could arrange a large throw ratio (like 2x), MS is simply a fantastic material. Matinee Black is similar but shifts the great contrast to darker levels. At the same contrast, my eye is usually attracted to brighter screens, but it seems like a great challenger to Black Diamond.
Their prices are also excellent.
Seymour told me they are planning some new retractable materials to show at CEDIA this September.