Originally Posted by bboucher790
Would be using black out blinds if I could. This is not my house. Not an option.
Also looking for a screen that’s ready to be assembled and mounted, nothing DIY. Couldn’t figure out where to buy the ST screen you linked.
Projector is probably about 12 - 14 ft from wall. I’ll have to measure to get an exact distance. The projector is using a horizontal keystone, so it is offset on a table next to my couch with no window or lighting behind it. Daylight leaks in from both sides of room from the windows during day and ceiling lights about 10 - 20ft away at night (this is a huge long room). Ceiling lights at night are very manageable. Not really the issue, but I’m hoping ALR will rectify it a bit.
With the lights out, I get acceptable performance @ 135”. My previous setup was 90”. Both work for me, prefer size over brightness.
This is not my permanent setup, mainly interested in fixing my two year problem. I will have a more professional setup in the coming years.
Thanks in advance for all the info.
What do you mean daylight leaks? How much light? A picture or a general example from the internet would be nice.
If you saw the pictures with the HT3050 and the Cinegrey 3D than it should be clear that watching any image that is darker with shadows is not possible with ambient light, regardless of projector/screen.
The other issue is the hotspot. In this budget this is the kind of hotspot you can expect. There are also sparkles in the middle of the screen in bright images. And all of these artifacts are with a 1.5x throw. Calculate your throw: https://www.projectorcentral.com/Ben...ulator-pro.htm
I don't know if the visual artifacts are acceptable.
The Cinegrey 3D and ST HC Grey have similar light rejecting properties from the side. This increases the effect of the hotspot and other artifacts.
A fabric that has less side rejecting properties is the XY Black Crystal with 0.8 gain. This will reduce the visual artifacts, but they will still be there. Of course if it has less side rejecting properties it will be more washed out by side light.
This is the XY BC 0.8 screen with a 1.4x throw:
Keystone should not be used if possible. Not only does it degrade the image, but angular ALR's are like a mirror. The beam from the projector will reflect in the screen at the same angle, but upwards. In your case it would probably overshoot the viewer's position.
You say that you prefer size over brightness, but IMO with the 2050a and an 135" 0.67 to 0.8 screen and ambient light it will be too dim.
The ST HC G:
Samples for the Silver Ticket: https://www.silverticketproducts.com...terial-samples
For XY BC 0.8 sample contact XY. An 135" might exceed the budget.
So, to summarize:
The screen is too large and too dim with this projector and ambient light.
The projector being on the table and with keystone will overshoot the viewers eyes, which can cause additional visual artifacts and dim the image further.
If the projected image is dark (or has dark parts) then the setup is unusable with ambient light.
Due to the HT2050a's limited throw ratio there will 100% be a hotspot and sparkles.
One way to fix this is to get a brighter projector that has lens shift and can be placed further back, like the Epson HC3100/3700, or HC3800 for 4K. Or a 5040UB refurbished, or 5050UB new. Recommended throw ratio is 1.9x or higher.
Epson refurbs cannot be returned unless faulty: https://epson.com/Clearance-Center/H...inment/c/cc301
All of that being said the picture will still be washed out to a degree, especially the dark parts.
Projectors are not TV's and in general should not be used in ambient light.