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Screen Material Observations And Comments

Screen Material Observations And Comments – Classic Cinema White – This material was very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9’ viewing distance. It did not appear to lend much character to the image which is a good thing. It has a very slight sheen compared to a piece of paper, but I did not notice it in real images. This is the closest alternative to SnoMatte 100.

Screen Material Observations And Comments

Brilliant White – This material was mostly color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9’ viewing distance. It has a very slight sheen compared to a piece of paper, but I did not notice it in real images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its
lack of color neutrality compared to competitors products.
Da-Mat® – This material was very color neutral. It does have a little more texture than the Classic Cinema White, but this was not visible at a 9’ viewing distance. It had a slight sheen to it which was visible on images infrequently. HD Progressive 0.9 – This material is very color neutral. It appeared to be a very smooth surface.. It also has a very slight sheen to it which was
visible on images infrequently. This may explain its gray coloring and yet a gain very nearly 1.0. It did not add much character to the image. This material is designed to aid with rejecting light from reflections and may help in that situation.
HD Progressive 0.6 – This material is very color neutral. It appeared to be a very smooth surface. It also has a very slight sheen to it which was visible on images infrequently. The sheen on this was stronger than the HD Progressive 0.9 sample. This material would require much more light to illuminate the same screen size than any other sample tested here. A product like this is for special circumstances and would not fit most peoples requirements.
Cinema Vision – This material is not as color neutral as one would like. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9’viewing distance. The color shifts induced by this material were strong enough to bother some people. This material did add character to the image that was distracting compared to the other samples. The sheen on this product was visible on brighter images. The gain of this material was not high enough to justify its use. The negatives of this product did not offset its positive attributes and is not one I would recommend.
Video Spectra 1.5 – This material was mostly color neutral. The surface was patterned on this product. The color shifts induced by this material would not be strong enough to bother most people. This material did add character to the image that was very distracting compared to the other
samples. The sheen on this product was obvious on brighter images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. This was the most objectionable material of those tested for home theater use and is
not one I would recommend.
High Power – This material was the least color neutral of those tested. It appeared to be a very smooth surface. The color shifts induced by this material may be strong enough to bother some people. This is a retroreflective material that works best when the projector is mounted near the
viewers head. The ceiling mounting in this theater is more common and shows the reduction in performance from this orientation. This product did contain some sparkling elements that are visible when viewed at closer distances. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image
brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired.
SnoMatte 100(StudioTek 100) – This material was very color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It had no surface sheen or sparkling elements. This material is exceptional at extreme viewing angles. This is the best material tested for a neutral screen material.
StudioTek 130 G3 – This material was very color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was also good. This was the best sample tested of an angular reflective material for increasing screen gain.
FireHawk G3 – This material is not as color neutral as one would like. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It also had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible at moderate light levels with images. The actual gain of this material was not high enough to offset the light lost by the dark gray tint. This material is intended to aid in rooms with significant scattered light from walls and ceilings. It is a special use material that should be considered with care.
GrayHawk RS G3 – This material was very color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It also had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible at moderate light levels with images, but a little less than the FireHawk material. The actual gain of this material was not high enough to offset the light lost by the dark gray tint. This material is intended to aid in rooms with significant scattered light from walls and ceilings. It is a special use material that should be considered with care.

MaxWhite & MaxWhite FG – These materials were very color neutral. It does have a some texture. This was slightly visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. This material also has some sheen that is visible on bright images.


CineWhite – This material was reasonably color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It did not appear to lend much character to the image which is a good thing. This material also has some slight sheen, but I did not notice it
on images.
StarBrightTM 7 – This material is very color neutral. It is a very smooth surface. This material is much more stiff and thin others tested. It can be permanently creased very easily. This material did add a strong character to the image that was very distracting compared to the other samples. The
sheen on this product was obvious on brighter images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. This was very objectionable material for home theater use and is not one I would recommend.
SolidPix1 Matte White – This material was not very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It had a tiny number of sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. and a slight sheen The shimmering caused by these elements was visible very rarely in brighter elements of images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of color neutrality compared to competitors products.
MulitiPix Ultra-contrst White 1.3 – This material was very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of screen gain compared to the image quality degradation from reflective elements.
MultiPix Ultra-contrast White 1.5 – This material was very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of screen gain compared and image quality degradation from reflective elements.
Solar HD 1.3 – This material was reasonably color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was also good. This was very similar to StudioTek 130 with higher gain and more shimmering from it. The material was thinner than StudioTek and easier to stretch out of shape.

Gamma HD 1.1-This material was reasonably color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. The shimmering caused by the screen gain was visible in brighter elements of images. Off axis gain was also good. The material was thinner than StudioTek and easier to stretch out of
shape. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of screen gain compared to the image quality degradation from reflective elements.
Black Diamond HD 1.4 – This material added a strong color to images. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. The shimmer caused by the screen gain was visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was not good. This is a special material designed for rooms without light control.
This is not a material I would recommend because of the strong color effect of this material, poor off axis gain and the image quality degradation from reflective elements.
Silver 5D – This material was very color neutral for such a high gain screen. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. The shimmer caused by the screen gain was very visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors
with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was still high. This is not a material I would recommend because of the image
quality degradation from reflective elements. Pearlescent – This material added a strong color to the images. It appeared to have a smooth surface. The shimmer caused by the screen gain was
visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was not good. This is not a material I would recommend because of the strong color effect of this material, poor off axis gain and the image quality degradation form reflective elements.

Mike Miles

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