Elite ezFrame High Contrast Gray, Fixed Projector Screen Review
Projector Screen Image Properties-Evenness of Illumination, Hotspots, Roll-off and "High Contrast"
The original version of this screen, reviewed over a year ago, had a very visible hot spot, reflecting back light from the projector.
The new R100H1 is greatly improved. So much so, that, the hot spot and evenness, which were the weakness of the earlier version, are now a definite strength. There is minimal uneveness which I could barely detect viewing a pure white image. This image (underexposed by one f-stop) captured below, exaggerates the differences more than your eye can see. Even so, you can barely detect the hotspot in the lower center. I would attribute most of the barely detectable unevenness to the projector. In this regard, I find the Elite screen, is even better than my more expensive Firehawk. The Firehawk, does however, offers more contrast, which would excerbate the tendency to hot spot.
Overall the image illumination appears to be very, very good. Remember, the Optoma projector used for this shot, only claims 85% evenness of illumination. (especially seen in the the upper left hand corner) Roll off, when viewing the screen from off angle is also not significant. Definitely less than my Firehawk, but again, the Elite doesn’t seem to be be as “high contrast” a screen as the Firehawk. Unless your seating area will have people sitting more than 45 degrees off angle (rare), I don’t think it’s going to be an issue.
As you would expect, since the screen doesn’t roll off significantly when viewed from side angles, it also means that the Elite screen won’t reject side lighting as much as a higher contrast screen.
Below are twoshots of the screen in use, with the projector being the Panasonic PT-DW5000U (a high power, 2500:1 contrast ratio widescreen business projector). The first from the Lord of the Rings DVD, and the second, from the HD-DVD of Phantom of the Opera.
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