Once again, we looked and compared the various screen types with the overhead flashlight trick, and it easily showed the higher-gain Supernova material’s superior light rejection capability, compared to the lower-gain type. While the factory quotes a quite narrow 20 degrees viewing angle for the highgain material, I would have guessed a much wider 60 degrees, before I noted the expected fall-off when viewing from the side.
I then measured the light output of the screen, and while I was expecting a fairly high number given the much smaller screen size, I wasn’t expecting to get an astonishing 102 foot-Lamberts reading. Clearly, the Supernova high-gain material is directing much more light to a tighter viewing area, and I calculated that with a 100-inch size, the screen would return a healthy 20 or so foot-Lamberts.
For high ambient lighting conditions, the high-gain Supernova can’t be beat. It has the same great color accuracy as its lowgain sibling and a surprisingly wider viewing angle than the specification suggests. Presently only available in fixed-frame models, the factory is developing a flexible version for dnp’s motorized roll-down offerings that may appear on the market later this year (and will also be available with dnp’s ultra-deluxe Epic motorized masking curved screen).