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Black diamond 1.4 vs slate 0.8

My projector is epson 5040ub and I was looking for a reputed ALR. After gathering resources I finalized the slate 0.8 fixed 5 133” CinemaScope. While I was trying to iron out the logistics and payment, I got another offer. I got a clearance offer for the same sized black diamond 1.4 fixed 7 for about $350 more than slate. When I entered the research and market I always found the black diamond to be financially beyond my reach despite it being on the wishlist. The place where I live I don’t have any big magnolias or thereabouts to go and have a look. Obviously I’m getting the black diamond at a dream price.
I just want opinions on which 1 you would pick and why and maybe help me make up my mind. Apart from SI, I can only get Screen Research and Elite screens at my location. While I guess elite is complete BS, Screen research is costing me about double of slate 0.8.
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The 0.8 is going to have a little better blacks. The 1.4 is going to sparkle more and be a lot brighter. My friend has a 1.4 and for the guy sitting in the center, it looks really good but sparkles are noticeable if that bothers you. This is definitely a screen you'd only own if your "theater" is a normal room such as a living room.

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I just bought this screen a couple weeks. It’s absolutely beautiful. Can’t go wrong.

Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pro
Fixed-frame projector screen with ultra-thin frame and LED backlight, Black Diamond dark gray material (100")


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The 0.8 is going to have a little better blacks. The 1.4 is going to sparkle more and be a lot brighter. My friend has a 1.4 and for the guy sitting in the center, it looks really good but sparkles are noticeable if that bothers you. This is definitely a screen you'd only own if your "theater" is a normal room such as a living room.
Do the black diamond .8 screens have much sparkle to them in a dark room or a room with a low light?
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Oddly enough on the SI "screen material wizard" they show that the higher gain versions provide a higher "system contrast ratio" than the lower gain versions
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I know this post comes after a long time, but I went with the 133 BD 1.4 and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’d recommend a 1.4 to anyone who’s planning to use it for HDR content. I self calibrated my projector using CALMAN disc and naked eye sight to set it up and it’s superb. I’m not claiming a 100% color accuracy, but hey, if it looks good to me, I’m happy. Somehow any number of pics I click or vids I make always make it appear duller than it is irl, maybe it’s just the way my cellphone camera is.
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