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Topic: Screen Innovations Black Diamond
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Are the Black Diamond screen worth it these days, compared to 5x cheaper ALR ones from other manufacturers? Are they dramatically better and deserving of 5k usd, on average? I tried buying a sample to compare it with others, but they don't even bother responding to my emails. I did raad that their support is virtually non existent.
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Long throw ALR screens are generally, not what anyone should be using. If your room is lousy, then get a ultra-short throw (UST) projector and pair it with a UST/ALR screen. But, long throw ALR screens add significant sparkling, and tend to have hot spotting issues along with image uniformity issues.

They are great for PowerPoint in bright board rooms. They are great for sports bars where people aren't super critical.

But, I would avoid ALL long throw ALR screens in the home if at all possible. Get a grey screen and control the ambient lighting or just get a TV if your room is particularly poor.
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