Well, if you have been following the Toshiba MT700 thread you would have seen that as soon as I read about this screen I became so excited that I ran right out and bought it at BB. I paid retail but I'm considering it a 30 day trial after which it will go back if either if I can find it cheaper elsewhere (but want to keep it), or find I prefer something else.
The 106" Graywolf is replacing a 4x8' sheet of Parkland Plastics Durotherm-Lite that is bare white and 5/16" thick. As stated before, I am running it off of a ceiling-mounted Toshiba MT700 that (was) calibrated with Avia. The lamp has 208 hours on it. My room can be viewed at the link in my signature below, but it is an essentially 95% light controlled finished basement. It is only light controlled when I bother to use blackout cloth to cover the 5ft wide window that sits at chest level directly opposite the screen. My seating it at approx 12.5 ft back under the pj. I viewed random HD samples from my Cox Motorola HD/DVR, both recorded and live.
I am definatley not an expert in HT, nor in screens, but these are my first impressions of the Greywolf in my setup in comparison to the Parkland:
1) Lowest black level is noticeably improved. The largest difference is when I have the window uncovered - the change is worthwhile to say the least. Now I can throw a football party and not have the room be a cave. With the lamp set on high it looks very, very good in ambiant light compared to the Parkland (washed out like crazy). The difference is smaller when the room is dark - the Parkland seems a hair brighter when seated, but the Greywolf still has better blacks.
2) Contrast is improved, but whites are only somewhat as hot as the Parkland when I am standing due to #3.
3) Viewing cone is acceptable out to 90 degrees at least, but I lose some gain by sitting since the PJ is ceiling mounted (works perfectly for the spot where my bar will go!). When standing the Graywolf seemed about as bright as the Parkland to me. Seated viewing is still very good. There is a small drop in brightness (I'd guess 5-10%) at about 30 degrees (left or right), but then it looks uniform out to about 45ish.
4) No hotspotting that I could see, the Parkland has a minor hotspot in the middle.
5) The texture is...interesting. I would tend to agree with the "Plasma" comment earlier. I don't think it is having a detrimental effect on HDTV clarity/resolution, but it will take some getting used to for me, since my eye has become used to the smooth Parkland. It is not really a negative, but I would give the edge to the Parkland in this deptartment with the caveat that the preference may only be due to my months of getting used to the plastic.
6) I smelled the nice fumes, but they went away quickly.
7) The small plastic covering on the top of the screen removed easily and did not leave any impression that I could see.
8) Without changing settings on the MT700, the Parkland appeared to have a yellow tint in whites and greys compared to the Graywolf. Once compared side by side, I liked the greywolf more in this regard. However, I'm sure this is something that proper calibration would take care of.
9) The 2" black border around the actual screen area is nice, but close up it has some tiny white spots where the black material didn't cover. I can't see the spots from more a few inches away.
10) The one thing I would change...right now...is the color of the case. I can live with white, but this screen deserves a shiny black casing that melts into the background, not a flaring white one. A deep gray one would work better as well.
11) Call me crazy, but viewing the "Grid" test pattern in the PJ, I swear there is a significant, drastic reduction in RBE. I can see RBE any day of the week on my PJ (which is supposed to be very good about them - I can just see them on almost any DLP for some reason), but the Graywolf made a huge difference. Nice bonus there.
To sum up - I am happy with the Graywolf after my initial impressions. It may be a keeper for my setup, but I have 30 days to figure that out. I plan to get some screen samples for more informal comparisons. As you read my notes above, do keep in mind this is my first projector and first real screen other than the parkland. Hope this info helped....
Also - for a couple quick photos of the Greywolf (boxed and hung) check:http://community.webshots.com/album/331614577HhULDO/1
*** LAST THREE PHOTOS ONLY: OTHER SCREENSHOTS ARE FROM THE PARKLAND***