Originally Posted by cbaseuser
I only have a couple of questions...
- Is your screen 'white', or a negative gain/grey type? (you mentioned a screen that is for use with UST's..does that mean specifically designed for them, or just compatible with them?) Any perfectly flat screen can be a candidate for UST, just curious if it's specially developed further.
- During night time viewing, are the black levels decent, or grayish?
- Also, do you see any noticeable problems with brightness dropping off around the corners?
p.s. would love to hear any additional impressions you have in general about the projector (brightness, colors, noise/fan level, etc..)
Congrats on the new projector btw!!
I am using a CineWhite material screen from Elite Screens. I am not sure if CineWhite is compatible with or designed for USTs. The literature states that USTs are supported for Cinewhite. I suspect it is compatible. Please see the following URL for the details on the CineWhite screen: https://elitescreens.com/front/front...il/product/287
My screen is perfectly flat (Stretched around an aluminum frame). I read that that is critical for projector screens.
At night I think it was a bit grayish. It was not pure black like OLED. I prefer the pure blacks of OLED, but find a bit grayish to be an acceptable compromise considering the large 125" image size. The image is viewable when I have the ceiling lights on, and even better when I turn them of. Note that I am not using the same degree of judgement that some enthusiasts use. This project has its compromises, but I find them acceptable and am glad that I purchased it. In the future if a better model were offered I would like to upgrade in order to improve this, but for now am quite accepting of this compromise. During the day the image is easy to watch with the blinds closed. I just opened the blinds to the side of the screen and there is no impact on screen image. However, when the sun starts to directly shine through the windows, any direct light from the sun onto the screen causes problems. It still may be watchable, but the image degrades depending on how much direct sunlight reaches it. I believe the special UST screens that cost thousands help reduce this problem. I will instead simply use my blinds. They are electric and I can easily close them remotely as I wish.
I find the image to be plenty bright. I suspect it is in some form of vivid mode. I need to try with the various modes. I was so blown away by the large picture that I stopped my setup and simply enjoyed watching for a bit.
The colors are bright and real to my eyes. Such a statement is subjective as opposed to empirical, so I repeat - it is important to view one of these in person. Only when I have too much direct light does the image/color start to change. Depending on the amount, intensity, and direction of light, change may be gradual or sudden. Sunlight on the screen is quite sudden and washes out the image. Based on my limited use so far, this projector can be used during the day a long as the sun does not shine directly on the screen. Shutting off lights in the room may also help, depending on the circumstances.
I hope that I have addressed all of your questions.
I just took a look and do not see any brightness drop-off around the corners, not even slightly.
It is important to make an informed decision. With a projector such as this I strongly suggest that you view it in person to be sure you are aware of what the projector output looks like. It is not perfect, but I found the compromises to be acceptable. I liked being able to quickly set up the projector close to the screen, I like the idea of the lasers, I like how bright the image/colors are, I am blown away by the large image size, etc. Best Buy is supposed to be selling these through their in-house Magnolia shop. My local Magnolia salesman said that the Best Buy warehouse servicing his store was scheduled to get these in a few more weeks.
I am slowly working my way through the setup/menu as I watch it. For now it is very bright. I need to go to the menu and check which mode it is using, then try the other modes. The fan is supposed to blow harder and make more noise in bright modes and I can hear it somewhat when there is no sound. This fan noise is not objectionably loud for me and I believe the noise lowers if I were to choose a less bright mode. However, I do not even notice the fan noise at all with the sound on. I am using a 5.1 home theater speaker setup.