JVC DLA-RS20 - Projector Screens
1/26/2009 - Art Feierman
JVC DLA-RS20 Projector Screen Recommendations
Great projectors tend to look great on any good screen. The trick with the RS20 is to match the screen to your room, and your viewing requirements.
For example, the RS20 does the best black levels around, so you really don't need to consider a high contrast gray screen, like the Firehawk G3 I use in my main theater, unless it is to deal with some (side) ambient light. For those with a fully light controlled room, for example, the StudioTek 130 G3, or other moderate gain white surfaces should be an excellent match. I had no issues with the black levels when switching to my Carada Brilliant White 106" screen (gain 1.4), in terms of black levels, beyond closing down the iris to reduce overall brightness for movie watching (due to the smaller screen size).
Thanks to the RS20's brightness in THX, and calibrated Cinema 2, the RS20 has plenty of horsepower to handle the full 128" diagonal size of my Firehawk G3, in fact it still had enough lumens to spare that I reduced the iris from its maximum setting of 0, to -5, and still had enough brightness.
For those of us who also like to watch sports, or typical TV/HDTV programming in an environment with some intentional ambient light, the THX and Dynamic modes are just a tad brighter, so there's not a lot of spare lumens to deal with ambient light. In a room like mine, while I don't need the Firehawk surface for great movie watching (room fully darkened), the screen's handling of side ambient light really comes in handy for dealing with the intentional ambient light I like for sports viewing, much of which comes from the sides. For that, the Firehawk does a great job.
Bottom line, get a good screen that meets your lighting requirements. Preferably is should be a very fine surface, designed for 1080p projectors. For those wanting really large screens, higher gain screens may do the trick but remember, they have a narrow viewing cone (where you sit) and tend to roll off brightness in the corners.
Just in case it helps you choose: With my Firehawk G3, I was very concerned about having enough brightness for sports viewing the way I like it. I probably would not have been fully happy with the brightest output the RS20 can offer (a safe bet, because that's exactly how I have felt about my RS1). Fortunately, though, we just re-painted, with dark rust wall color and darkened the light ceiling several shades. This made the viewing much better than with the light walls, etc. Since the window frames are now dark as well, I have less uncontrollable outside ambient light coming in from the sides of my motorized window shades. Now, however, that light from the windows is far less significant, I compensate by using my ceiling lighting controls, to get the room the way I like it for sports. I am pleased with the results. That's not to say I wouldn't rather the RS20 have an extra 500 or more lumens in brightest mode, but, It's going to look outstanding at our annual Superbowl Party this weekend!