I have the opportunity to get a motorized screen with a 1.5 gain factor for my upcoming Marquee 8500. Would you recommend such a screen or should I look for some other type, like 1.2 or 1.3 gain for instance?
I really like my Da-Lite Pearlesent 1.5 gain screen. There are times when you can tell you are bouncing light off something that isn't flat white. I would not call it rainbows or sparkles because the effect isn't that severe. It's more along the lines of a slight unnatural shift from the darker to the lighter parts of the screen. It's apparent when looking at anything that has a very dark area and a very bright area, like when there is a shot of the horizon including the sun in one corner. When loooking at the other corner of the screen, without the sun, and then looking accross the screen towords the sun, there will be small areas where you can tell there are sparkly bits on the screen as the light changing from dark to full bright isn't perfect.
Oh, and I'm using a sony 1271. I'm guessing the larger CRTs on your 8500 would provide a big bright picture with the 1.5 gain screen. At 110" 4:3 my screen is a little dim if you follow recommendations but I like things a little darker then recommended so it works great for me.
That is a good screen. I have used the da-lite matte whites and now have a pearl like yours. What ipandmusic said is correct and when I first switched from a matte it did bother me A LITTLTE. Now I am used to it there is no going back to the matte. The colors and contrast ratio is just better with my XG 135LC on a 120" 4/3.
As an added bonus the pearl material is heavier than the Matte and will not wrinkle as bad. This I will gurantee. I owned 3 Mattes and they all wrinkled. No trouble with the pearl.
Somthing else to consider. For the cheap Da-Lite pulldowns (non tab tensioned) 1.3 gain is not avail.
The screen I am considering is a Matte White matterial, 0.5mm thick, 1,5 gain, 150 degrees angle of view, and it is made by Euroscreen, which is an Italian company, therefore I don't know if this is a model that you would be familiar with, since I don't know if they exist in the North American market.
I don't know if this extra info helps you a little bit.
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