I was at the cinema last week, and I saw the latest version of Star Wars 3, while being a good film for testing the capabilities of your new home cinema (for fast moving pictures, soundtrack, bright colors), i don't think that anyone except fans will say that it is a great film. I was shocked by the length of text and dialogue: impossible to fill more than 6 pages A4 !! I found a not so deformed review (I agree to it) here: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of The Sith (12A) It is still worth looking in a numerical cinema, but certainly not worth the cost of the cinema seat ticket: 9.5euro!
I am reading many forums since 2 weeks (home cinema-fr.com, www.avforums.com, www.homecinemachoice.com) and reviews
to better understand how to choose the right screen for my Panasonic
PT900-AE. I am more or less installed in my new apartment, but in order
to profit of the biggest room (6.4m * 3.6m), I have to use a wall with
either windows or a door in the middle. Time to shop for a screen
instead of using the white wall...
A lot of companies are selling screens, and if You do not take care,
You'll end up very quickly with a 200euro screens, which are per see
not bad, but really not adapted for home cinema.
You will find a lot of tutorials and guide on the Internet helping You
choosing the right screens. Stewart being the Rolls-Royce brand of
screens (but it start at 8000CHF)
The 3 major parameters are:
Screen Gain: The
ability of a screen to direct incident light to an audience. A flat
matte white wall has the gain of approximately 1. Screens with a gain
less than 1 attenuate incident light; screens with gain more than 1
direct more incident light to the audience but have a narrow viewing
angle. For example: an image reflecting off a 10 gain screen appears 10
times brighter than it would if reflected off a matte white wall.
Curved screens usually have larger gain than flat screens.
Viewing Angle: Screens
do not reflect equally in all directions. Most light is reflected in a
conical volume centered around the "line of best viewing". Maximum
brightness is perceived if you are within the viewing cone defined by
the horizontal and vertical viewing angles.
Your budget: we can not all buy a Stewart Firehawk (anyway it is optimized for DLP not LCD).
The presence of black band to hide eventual artifacts created by the
projector (but it can be solve by software), the transparency of the
screens is also important....
At the end, I was reading user experience of cheap screens which
develop waves after a period of time, mechanical mechanism
problems and so on...I was able to retains 3 models:
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