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post #3901 of 3918 Old 04-18-2016, 06:11 PM
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Anyone know of any comparisons between SI and Seymour AT screens? For whatever reasons, these have become my top two options. (Well, and DragonFly as a distant third as proposed by an installer to fit in my budget.)

I'm most interested in whether they are basically peers or if one is substantially better than the other. A dB or two of loss in sound or minor differences in calibration impacts to the projector probably aren't much concern.
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Just mounted a Black Diamond, 106" diag screen, on the wall. Proj is 13 feet away, ceiling mounted, 2500 lumen.

Ambient light rejection just seems kinda "meh". Looks great in a pitch black room.

Am i just hoping for to much that isnt realistic with ambient light (table lamps on, floor-to-ceiling windows blind open partially & light entering) or are there any tips/tricls to increase/maximize performance (turning all lights OFF is a great suggestion but not necessarily relevant!)

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Just mounted a Black Diamond, 106" diag screen, on the wall. Proj is 13 feet away, ceiling mounted, 2500 lumen.

Ambient light rejection just seems kinda "meh". Looks great in a pitch black room.

Am i just hoping for to much that isnt realistic with ambient light (table lamps on, floor-to-ceiling windows blind open partially & light entering) or are there any tips/tricls to increase/maximize performance (turning all lights OFF is a great suggestion but not necessary relevant!)
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Ha! Fair enough!!


Pic with the lights off




Pic with lights on (table lamps on, 1 in both corners, pic is from sitting on the couch, lights are directly to the left & right of couch)


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If you wall is white or off white, see how the picture looks like when projected directly to the wall. That should give you a rough estimate of how much light rejection you are achieving. The more off centered the light is, the more it will reject. It won't reject the light coming from the same direction as your projector.
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Hi everyone, I am planning to get a SI creen and I was able to record a personal test using slate .8 vs slate 1.2 vs black diamond 1.4 over a vutec white screen. I want to share the video if it is useful for anyone.

You can watch the first 2 videos here:
*youtube.com/watch?v=J2rjsSIOEqE
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*avsforum.com/forum/23-screens/2505138-screen-innovations-real-life-comparison-test-white-screen-vs-slate-vs-black-diamond.html#post45147026[/url]

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does anybody have any experience viewing the black diamond 2.7 gain screen?

And what is the min. throw distance the projector should be from the screen? im assuming a min. of 1.5x.
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does anybody have any experience viewing the black diamond 2.7 gain screen?

And what is the min. throw distance the projector should be from the screen? im assuming a min. of 1.5x.
Correct. The minimum throw is 1.5 times image width.
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That's a tough setup for even an ALR screen. ALR screens attempt to filter light from overhead and from the sides, but when the light comes from the same direction as the projector light (your sliding glass door), then it becomes fairly ineffective. You will need a light canon of a projector to help with this situation as well. The Epson has a noisy fan, unless in the lowest lamp mode.

If it were me, I'd just get a large TV and call it a day.

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That's a tough setup for even an ALR screen. ALR screens attempt to filter light from overhead and from the sides, but when the light comes from the same direction as the projector light (your sliding glass door), then it becomes fairly ineffective. You will need a light canon of a projector to help with this situation as well. The Epson has a noisy fan, unless in the lowest lamp mode.

If it were me, I'd just get a large TV and call it a day.

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Dave,

Yes, I am also considering a large 85" Sony in place of a 95-100" projection screen. That said, my goal is to squeeze as many inches out of that room as possible, thus why I'm looking at projection. So, from your perspective, the configuration of my room would make projection a challenge unless I control the ambient lighting with curtains, etc.? My concern regarding a more powerful projector is the fact the screen would be situated at the lower throw threshold distance from projector, thus increasing the lumen output may have unintended consequences with those pesky sparkles and hot spots.

It appears I'm caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Do you think more ambient light control would remedy things a bit or is it the fact the screen is flooded on both sides with light at angles it can't effectively reject?

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Hi Andres,

More light control will help - especially with the light coming in from the sliding glass door. It's a personal preference. Some folks like to have light coming in during the day, and some folks don't mind having it like a cave. The more light control, the better the picture quality.

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I have the SI Pure Gray in a light controlled room. I can't recommend it enough. It is insanely good! IMO with a light controlled room you don't need to worry about the slate or black diamond features.
I have about 7 FC of light at worse in my Family Room during the day (measured at noon toward the center of room, much less at the screen location). There is currently a pendant light that will be removed to make projection possible and one lamp light that will remain. I may add new pin lights to wash the screen and walls for affect when the screen is not in use and to have actual lighting in the room.

Here is a layout of what I intend to do. Some modest light bleeds into room from Kitchen and slider (which opens to a covered patio on the east side of house), but both ambient light sources will eventually be controlled with drapery or in the case of Kitchen light; be turned off during a movie. At about 6 PM, the room becomes even more dim (about 4FC). Eventually, the walls and ceilings will be painted a medium flat gray, the floors will be a textured dark gray carpet tile, the rear wall behind the screen will be some black fabric or velored acoustic panels. The screen will actually float over an existing window which will be covered with blinds.

Like others, I have read enough on this thread to be extremely concerned with the "cons" of ALR screens and while I like the "flat panel" look the dark gray materials provide, I am concerned once in my room, a BD or Slate will not yield enough ambient light rejecting benefits to sacrifice the image quality of say a Pure White 1.0 Zero Edge or a Stewart LuminEsse with the StudioTek 1.0 material. So.. my question is, in the room I just described where I watch TV mostly in the mid afternoon and upward, where movies are watched with little to no artificial lighting, sometimes with small traces of ambient light, but certainly not a bat cave, should I just go with a quality white screen like the ones mentioned and scrap the ALR dream?
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I have about 7 FC of light at worse in my Family Room during the day (measured at noon toward the center of room, much less at the screen location). There is currently a pendant light that will be removed to make projection possible and one lamp light that will remain. I may add new pin lights to wash the screen and walls for affect when the screen is not in use and to have actual lighting in the room.

Here is a layout of what I intend to do. Some modest light bleeds into room from Kitchen and slider (which opens to a covered patio on the east side of house), but both ambient light sources will eventually be controlled with drapery or in the case of Kitchen light; be turned off during a movie. At about 6 PM, the room becomes even more dim (about 4FC). Eventually, the walls and ceilings will be painted a medium flat gray, the floors will be a textured dark gray carpet tile, the rear wall behind the screen will be some black fabric or velored acoustic panels. The screen will actually float over an existing window which will be covered with blinds.

Like others, I have read enough on this thread to be extremely concerned with the "cons" of ALR screens and while I like the "flat panel" look the dark gray materials provide, I am concerned once in my room, a BD or Slate will not yield enough ambient light rejecting benefits to sacrifice the image quality of say a Pure White 1.0 Zero Edge or a Stewart LuminEsse with the StudioTek 1.0 material. So.. my question is, in the room I just described where I watch TV mostly in the mid afternoon and upward, where movies are watched with little to no artificial lighting, sometimes with small traces of ambient light, but certainly not a bat cave, should I just go with a quality white screen like the ones mentioned and scrap the ALR dream?
My opinion, unless you want the look of the BD screen when it's not in use, you have very little need for a BD screen in your room. Unless the projector you plan to use is really dim, I think a Pure Gray or Pure White is a great option. Personally I always recommend Pure Gray simply because it's not white, which for some reason seems more like a white board when not in use than the Pure Gray. Once the lights are down or a projector is used, very little perceived difference.

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My opinion, unless you want the look of the BD screen when it's not in use, you have very little need for a BD screen in your room. Unless the projector you plan to use is really dim, I think a Pure Gray or Pure White is a great option. Personally I always recommend Pure Gray simply because it's not white, which for some reason seems more like a white board when not in use than the Pure Gray. Once the lights are down or a projector is used, very little perceived difference.
I think the look of a chalk board, as you put it, is exactly what bothers me the most as the room also is a functioning Family Room; so it seems the choice is more an aesthetic one than one driven by realworld need. As I mentioned earlier, the room is generally dim, so I think your assessment is accurate; an ALR is likely overkill. I am willing to give up some daylight performance to ensure that 80% of the time I watch movies (mostly at night) for a flawless picture free of those pesky artifacts, sparkles, dim borders, poor off axis viewing angle, etc..

Currently, I am torn between the relatively inexpensive Epson 6040, the formidable JVC RS600 and the Epson LS10500. Uncalibrated lumem output goes to the 6040 as well as the price, but I'm concerned once calibrated, those 2500 lumens will drop below that of the more expensive units. Further, the JVC blacks are amazing, but some say the image processing is softer at 1080p; not as sharp as the other two. The LS10500 has a lot going for it too, is less than the JVC, but only has 1500 lumems. The next question is then how many lumems do I really need in that room to make a 120" 16:9 white or gray screen pop enough in modest ambient light conditions and look gorgeous at night?

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Hi Andres,

More light control will help - especially with the light coming in from the sliding glass door. It's a personal preference. Some folks like to have light coming in during the day, and some folks don't mind having it like a cave. The more light control, the better the picture quality.

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I am one of those who dislikes extreme darkness while entertaining, but love it to watch movies. Unfortunately, both often happen at the same time, thus why I was even considering an ALR screen. I do plan for drapery blackouts around the rear of room and an additional sheer behind the slider for some ambient light control when we have visitors, but don't want to entertain in a pit! Lol Decisions decisions
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I'm about 48 to 72 hours away from pulling the trigger on a Screen Innovations Black Diamond 115" Zero Edge Pro screen, as part of a larger "living room theater" setup. Viewing will be mostly at night, but the kids watch cartoons in the morning, my wife and I sometimes watch shows during the day, and we do watch football / sports on weekends.

I would love to demo this screen in an environment with ambient light, but given the current pandemic, this is proving difficult... It will be paired with an Epson 5050UB. It has been years since this thread has seen much activity.

Can any current Black Diamond owners post a pic and/or video of their setup during daylight hours and how it looks?

Is there anyone here who lives in the SF Bay Area and would be willing to demo theirs for me during daylight hours? I will come over with my mask on, respect social distancing, and drop off a decent amount of your favorite beer / wine!

I just would love to see this in action in real life, not a youtube video, before I plunk down the $!
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I'm trying to decide on a retractable screen, scope, AT, anywhere from 100 to 120 wide, JVC NX7 is 16.5 from screen. I'm sitting about 10' away but my couch is small and light and i can easily slide it back and forth between 8' to 12' no problem. Finished basement with one small window and 99% light control.

Question 1) For those with a retractable screen, I assume the borders of SI screens are not velvet, can you (or can you not) see the overspray on your screens? I know my NX7 has the masking/cropping feature, and I know it also has the Aspect:Zoom feature, which should eliminate overspray. However my problem is my PJ is off-center and no matter how hard I try the image is not perfectly rectangular. Therefore I have some overspray and I will be relying on the border to hide the overspray. I'm also considering Stewart, and Seymour which claims to be the only manufacturer on the market with a velvet border on a retractable screen, therefore no need to worry about overspray.

Question 2) What do you recommend for AT screen material?

Question 3) I couldn't find an "official" SI general screen thread. Is this the de facto thread?

Any other comments or suggestions are welcome, thank you!
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