I have been running a PX800HD with an Elite Aeon CLR screen for a couple of weeks now and I thought I would give my thoughts.
I have had a LG PF1500 LED projector for a couple of years in a home office/home theater, but we could only seat two comfortably, so the wife and I decided to move our movie room to our living room. Because of the layout an UST was easier to set up, plus I was interested to see how they work
The 800 is larger than I thought it would be. It is a hefty piece of equipment, but once it is on a table it just sort of blends into the room, and is less noticeable than a projector hanging from the ceiling.
When hooked up to my Apple TV 4K with HDMI it has limited options for tweaking the picture compared to my LG. I was able to get a very nice picture however using what it has. The picture is very bright and consistent from edge to edge, as is the focus. With the LG the focus was always a compromise. The 800 is sharp across the whole image. It’s impressive. The built in speakers sound terrible and tinny.
For the first week while waiting for my screen I was projecting on a textured wall a 100” image to match the coming screen. It was bright enough to watch during the day with some washing out of course, but acceptable. On a perfectly flat wall it would work well.
I was already happy with the purchase when the CLR screen arrived. After I set that up, it was a whole different ball game. The CLR isn’t just a big difference, it is a massive difference.
Assembling the screen was not a big deal. The instructions are clear, and I had watched the instructional video. I have been stretching large artist canvases for many years and it is no different. The screen is pretty heavy. Elite encloses two hangers to hang the screen on.
The 800 plus the screen is very tricky to set up. The hangers once on the wall allow for horizontal screen adjustment, but not vertical, so I spent a LONG time measuring and trying to figure out how to match the image to the screen. Finally I just figured I may have to just end up with a bunch of holes in the wall as I fine tuned the position of the hangers. I must have spent the right amount of time figuring it out because I nailed it first time out. One note about the projector; when you use the focus lever it changes the entire size of the image to achieve focus. When I first hung the screen I was about an inch short on the top with the image, when I focused it fit perfectly, however I had not focused prior to measuring. I got really lucky.
If you are considering the PX800HD, or any UST projector, I highly recommend budgeting for a CLR screen. It takes the setup to a whole different level.
A note about the screen. I ordered it from ProjectorScreenStore. It arrived in just under two weeks in perfect condition. However, it just showed up on my doorstep one day. No order updates, no shipping info or updates, no contact other than the original email confirmation of the order. UPS didn’t even knock on my door, I just happened to look out the window to see a giant box sitting there. Nice.