Originally Posted by ///3oris
You mention that you expect the projector to be installed in living rooms, which is what you've done. You also keep alluding to it being better than a TV, however, you didn't mention which screen you're using it with. How are you achieving a "TV"-like picture? A little more information and pictures would be really helpful here.
There's nothing inherently special about a UST projector and many PJ's are capable of even higher ANSI lumen output. The only thing different about UST would be if you use it with a UST PET screen, but that wasn't mentioned in the review. So again, how are you achieving this TV-like picture?
Lastly, you mention the cost of the projector and how it's a relative bargain today, but a specialized screen can cost as much as the projector and (depending on your answers to the above), should be factored in.
Looking forward to your responses. I'm looking to "upgrade" my system and am really undecided which way to go. Seriously considered UST + PET, but that's not exactly cheap enough for just "experimentation" purposes. I also always get stumped with how to fit both the PJ and the center channel. How did that phantom center work out for you?
It's better than a TV in the sense that a larger picture is very satisfying, in my personal opinion.
You are right, nothing special. I have a long throw projector in my living room, too.
You should use a UST-compatible PET screen with a projector like this in a living room. ideally, yes. And sure, they are costly. I did borrow one from Screen Innovations so I know how it performs in my living room... it's nice and bright.
But since you asked, for my dual-projector system (UST and long-throw) I use Screen Excellence Ambient-Visionaire Grey 0.8
, which is billed as being compatible with UST and long-throw. Seems to work, one screen, two projectors. With UST and daylight, it offers the contrast boost needed to be able to watch it, but I would not say it's "TV like" due to the elevated black levels. You definitely need to close some shades during a sunny day to get a TV-like look out of it, but regular indoor lighting at night is fine.
Does this setup I have NEED to be UST? Not really, I could stack two projectors and run two long HDMI cables. But one of the TV-like qualities of UST is no shadows from people crossing in front of the light path. That's a big one!
Anyhow, it's a relative bargain compared to what you could get just a couple years back for a UST laser. Also I think this category is heating up, so I hope competition delivers the refinements and price point people seek.