Originally Posted by Craig Peer
I prefer my StudioTek 130 - I rarely if ever see sheen / sparkles, I like a screen floating on a black velvet background, and " Ready Player One " on 4K Blu-ray is going to look great at over 45 foot lamberts ! Hard to get that kind of HDR punch off of painted drywall. Plus, I've done more than my share of smooth wall drywall finishing in commercial construction. It's never going to be as smooth and uniform as a quality made screen.
Both comments are not always correct Craig....,
No # 1 I have produced a great many Painted Screens that equaled the ST130...all the way back in 2003-4. Every bit the gain...absolutely just as smooth. Except NO
"Sparkles and/or Sheen", which clearly set the old MississippiMud at a different level than Don's favorite Child. It was exactly those attributes that PO'd the Good ol' Boys on this Forum, who absolutely hated the idea that a $100.00 screen could be the equivalent of a +$2K one. The Gall!
I remember it all being called "Snake Oil" and a lot worse, such was the acrimony that developed.
Really, achieving 1.3 Gain is easy peasy. Getting above that without having sparklies or sheen (...please note I said "without"...not "rarely ever"...) is what's tricky.
And smooth? Well one thing that is stressed over on the "other" Forum is the need for "smooth"...especially with 1.0+ Gain ALR-oriented surfaces. As such, I personally try my best to teach those who need instruction on the fine art of Drywall Finishing. We deal with everything from Raw Drywall to smoothing out Texas Splatter Wall or Knockdown Texture. Now I cannot expect most others to achieve a Level 5 finish (...akin to smooth Venetian Plaster...) like I demand of myself, but by gosh they can get close enough. Usually. So "usually" does allow for the occasional "Oops" factor.
To be frank about it, for a very long spell the ONLY
Mfg screen that could equal the performance (...and smoothness...) of a well done advanced 1.3 gain DIY Screen was the ST130. As far as the newcomers on the block...the Mfg ALR screens, ....well we can eat thier Lunch.
All the above said, I only ask you to consider that a properly
done advanced Drywall Screen has less limitations (size and costs) than any Mfg counterpart. Only the finest examples can clearly be said to be virtually un -matchable (DNP Super Nova is a great example) But we have come awfully close!
Now really, my intention is not to upstage or dismiss the Mfg option...especially on this Forum!
Obviously those not into DIY'ing have some good choices out there, and that is and should be the emphasis on this "Screens" Forum. But defending the integrity and honor of, and what the DIY Screen Forum has accomplished is a mandate I accept.