Originally Posted by AudioJosh
Maybe you should borrow an AT screen, or get one to test it out. I know you are against them but maybe trying one might put things into more perspective and let you test the different center placement.
We are basically a "projection only" dealer - we only hang a flat panel under duress
I also spent 5 years as head of sales and marketing for Panamorph, so I've seen just about every projector / screen combo there is. We also have samples of just about every screen material on the market on hand here at my house / showroom.
Here are the problems:
The only acoustically transparent screens I really like are the Stewart StudioTek Microperfs. I would definitely consider one IF I was not sitting 12 ft. from the screen, which is right at the threshold where the perfs are visible. If I needed to build out a wall to accommodate the M2s, I would be sitting even closer. I could move the seating back, but that puts the seats too close to the back row.
We have on demo the JVC RS4500, which is a true 4K laser design and - IMO - the best projector on the market. If I put in an acoustically transparent screen, I am showing the RS4500 at a disadvantage. Woven screens definitely diffuse the image, destroying the incredible clarity of the 4500. The Microperf is ruled out based on what I stated above.
Lastly, with HDR in projection it is all about maximizing brightness on screen. All the woven materials are negative gain (despite claims to the contrary), and I would be sacrificing brightness as well as clarity.
So practical considerations get in the way. Even though this is my home, it's also our showroom. I have to be able to present every component at its best. My concern at this point is that the M2s are so large it may be a turn off for some...
After reading what I wrote above, I went back and edited my post because it seemed to me I was somewhat down on the M2s. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE THEM - I'm just concerned about the aesthetic issues