Originally Posted by Applemike68
Anyone here use a SI slate 1.2 in a dedicated movie room? I’m looking to buy one and would like others thoughts. Pros and cons.
Off-topic for this thread except for the JVC RS3000 projector, and might be more appropriate in the Screens Section of AVSForum, but since you asked:
For about 3 years, I've had a SI Slate 1.2
120" 16:9 motorized series 5 in my media room, which I now have demoted to use exclusively for casual viewing of 16:9. By "casual", I mean when some lights are left on in the room or window shades are left up during daytime. Perfect for watching sports, lots of football and ice hockey and TV channels.
Just last week, I installed a Stewart Filmscreens StudioTek 130 G3 153" 240:1 motorized Electriscreen, for wide scope screen 4K and Blu-ray movie watching in the same media room ceiling. Unlike the SI slate 1.2, this screen requires a completely, or almost completely, darkened room for optimum viewing.
The rest of my gear is listed in my autosig below.
Both screens serve their purpose. Both were ordered with a two-foot drop and installed in a knotty-pined 9' high ceiling. The Stewart StudioTek 130 G3, is clearly superior for "perfectionist bat cave" viewing. IMO, the "fit and finish" of the Stewart is clearly superior to that of SI. The Stewart motor operates quieter that the SI motor. The Stewart screen hangs perfectly straight, whereas I've never been able to cure wrinkles on the lower foot or so on both sides of the SI screen despite many attempts to "fine-tinker" the adjustable screen tab tension knobs. The motor of the Stewart is somewhat quieter than the SI motor, though once it is in its up or down position, of course it matters naught. Both screens arrived well-packaged in undamaged condition. The Stewart screen came in a massive custom-made wood box coming off the truck at 294 lbs. and the screen itself in the ceiling weighs about 100 lbs. less than that. It took a crew of 3 from Electronic Insiders-Nashville a full 2 1/2 days to install it.
The combo of the JVC RS3000 / Paladin DCR lens / Lumagen Radiance Pro viewed on the Stewart StudioTek 130 G3 is simply awesome for immersive film screening and I still have some fine tuning to do. Opinion of many is that this screen is state-of-the-art.
The advantage of the SI Slate 1.2, as an ALR screen, is that it provides an excellent image especially within an illuminated room during times when social interaction is important but the tradeoff it is not quite as perfect.
Again, both screens serve their purpose admirably.