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Old 04-08-2010, 05:56 AM   #1
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Default Panasonic PT-AE4000u Owners: Ideal Screen?

for those of you who have experience with the Panasonic PT-AE4000u, what type of screen is ideal with this projector?

White, Gray, or even Black?

I obviously want a bright, punchy image, but I'm used to watching a Pioneer Kuro, so black levels are a MUST!

the screen will be 100", and the room will be painted black-dark gray.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:49 AM   #2
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I'd go with a Black Diamond II screen... Check out Geologynut's setup. Same projectot using the BDII screen... kick ass combo!
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that dude's setup is retarded But i wonder why his screenshots are so dark.. Maybe its the screen he's shooting it off of.
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that dude's setup is retarded But i wonder why his screenshots are so dark.. Maybe its the screen he's shooting it off of.
It's the Black Diamond II technology . The screen design reduces ambient light returned to the room while still providing a bright whites.
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I'd go with a Black Diamond II screen... Check out Geologynut's setup. Same projectot using the BDII screen... kick ass combo!
I've seen his setup, and I really like the 'Black Diamond' screen, but I'm a little concerned with price...

hearing so many good things about Carada at a fraction of the price, is the performance going to be that much better? (I know the 'Black Diamond' is unique, but is it worth the premium?)

Also, in the grand scheme of things, is the panasonic considered a bright projector, hows its contrast compared to others?.... the reason I ask, is once again concerning the screen; is it bright enough to get away with a screen gain less than 1.0? and is its contrast good enough to not require a grey/black screen?

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Old 04-10-2010, 08:42 PM   #6
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I also want to know what screen is the best for this projector and price is a concern for me as well, i'm looking for a 100" motorized screen in the $500-700 range. I'm just not sure to go with white or grey, any suggestion would be great.
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I've seen his setup, and I really like the 'Black Diamond' screen, but I'm a little concerned with price...

hearing so many good things about Carada at a fraction of the price, is the performance going to be that much better? (I know the 'Black Diamond' is unique, but is it worth the premium?)

Also, in the grand scheme of things, is the panasonic considered a bright projector, hows its contrast compared to others?.... the reason I ask, is once again concerning the screen; is it bright enough to get away with a screen gain less than 1.0? and is its contrast good enough to not require a grey/black screen?

thanks.
I'm using a white screen with gain 0.8. It's suitable for me because (i) as far as I know, using a white screen can give color a more realistic and vibrant nature; (ii) using a lower gain screen gives me a wider viewing angle and more uniform brightness. I'm very happy with it so far.
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I'm using a white screen with gain 0.8. It's suitable for me because (i) as far as I know, using a white screen can give color a more realistic and vibrant nature; (ii) using a lower gain screen gives me a wider viewing angle and more uniform brightness. I'm very happy with it so far.
thanks for your response. So you think that the screen gives you a "punchy" image? what do you think about the black levels??
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How about the Elite Screens EzFrame Fixed Frame, 16:9 (100" CineWhite)?
It seems users are happy with it at Amazon (all users gave 5-star!). I'm thinking of getting this one. Anyone had experience with this brand/screen?
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thanks for your response. So you think that the screen gives you a "punchy" image? what do you think about the black levels??
The black level is one of this projector's strengths. Although it is not that kind of "inky" black (by the way, my viewing environment is not a "batcave" - it does have a little bit strait ambient light), the dark areas are revealing very much details.

Since the screen has a gain of only 0.8, I do all the viewing using the "Normal" lamp mode. If using Eco mode, it loses much of the punch that I can get from the "Normal" lamp mode. By the way, this is a bright projector. Using "Normal" lamp mode with "Cinema 1" picture mode gives me a great picture that I loves it so much.
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The black level is one of this projector's strengths. Although it is not that kind of "inky" black (by the way, my viewing environment is not a "batcave" - it does have a little bit strait ambient light), the dark areas are revealing very much details.

Since the screen has a gain of only 0.8, I do all the viewing using the "Normal" lamp mode. If using Eco mode, it loses much of the punch that I can get from the "Normal" lamp mode. By the way, this is a bright projector. Using "Normal" lamp mode with "Cinema 1" picture mode gives me a great picture that I loves it so much.
once again, thank you. you're info has been most helpful!
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