Rob Tomlin, AVS member, has a Silverstar for his TV3. He expects to have it up and running in about two weeks (HT still under construction). He will be able to give you an opinion then, if you can wait.
I have seen my SP7200 on a 106" D silverstar. Bad combination. Blacks way too light, and video noise way to clearly displayed due to extreme brightness. Because of that experience, I would recommend that you wait to see this combo yourself, or get alot of different opinions from people who have personnaly seen a 700 lumen HD2 on a Siverstar that is the size you propose getting. What size is that by the way? When I go to Rob's I will zoom the TV3 to your screen size to simulate your situation and give you an opinion.
I have seen the Marantz on a large Firehawk. It was beautiful. It brought the blacks down very close to CRT levels. Top and Bottom bars on scope movies were almost as black as the felt borders on the screen frame.
The firehawk is my favorite. I grow to love mine more every day.
Noone have any problems with the firehawks limited viewing angle?
IÂ´ve never seen a firehawk, but from the specs I thought IÂ´d go for a Studiotek or Da-Lite high contrast cinema vision(whats the viewing angle of that one?), because I worry that the firehawk will look bad from some of my seats(I sit about 15 feet from the screen, but the side seats are closer).
When I wanted to compare screens, I took my SIM300PLUS to a local HT store. They had a Marantz S2 hooked up to a Silverstar and it looked GREAT. They let me hook up my SIM to the Silverstar and that is what sold me. I really love this screen. They also had a Firehawk that I hooked up my SIM to but the Silverstar still looked better, even the salesman was impressed. Its your decision and to be honest you can't lose on either screen, but for me its the Silverstar. I've got mine still in the shipping crate and I'm not sure when I'll get it hung since breaking my arm this past Thursday. I'M IN A TIGHT SPOT...
BOTH SCREENS WERE 110' DIAG.
I had a Dalite HCCM 106" but it just did'nt do the job. It was ok but the Silverstar is more of a WOW
" How does the Da-Lite high contrast cinema vision compare to the Firehawk? " -
I can't anwser that but I really like my HCCV with my ceiling mounted HT1000. Much better than my previous matt white screen. Blacks look great, whites are bright and I have not seen any " sparklies ". Looked surprisingly good watching HDTV with quite a bit of ambient light. Since I needed an electric screen the Firehawk was financially out of the question.
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With the Firehawk, the brightness drops of dramatically when you move out of the viewing cone. If you have a very bright PJ, like the Infocus, it is probably still bright enough to see OK, but not optimum, provided you don't move to far out to the sides. With a less bright PJ, it would be way too dim.
I begin to notice the drop in brightness when I move more than 2'-3' beyond the edge of the screen while sitting at 1.5X the screen width away.
I think IÂ´ll go for the Studiotek, I think the viewing angles of the firehawk arenÂ´t good enough for my room and the greyhawk might be to dim. Unless the viewing angle of the Da-Lite HCCV is better then the firehawk?
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