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THEATER CALIBRATION IN PARADISE Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Miller   
Thursday, 13 November 2014

dsc_1016.jpgIn late September, I was flown down to Nassau in the Bahamas by Electronic Environments of New York City, one of the top A/V Integrators in the U.S., to calibrate a theater for one of their clients. The theater, located on Paradise Island, just a stone’s throw down the road from the famous Atlantis Resort was quite large with three rows of eight, seating a total of 24. Amplification and surround processing was handled by all new Bryston audio electronics. 

The projector was one of the latest 4K Sony units, the VPL-VW1100ES, and the screen as befits such a large space was a 170-inch wide 235:1 Cinemascope aspect ratio screen made by French Screen manufacturer Screen Research. It is a woven screen material designed to be acoustically transparent. All of the James Loudspeakers for the front end of the audio system with the exception of the subwoofers are located behind it on a shelf.  This size screen is a bit larger than I would have recommended for the Sony 1100ES projector, and was installed 13 years ago when the theater was first build out by a different A/V Integrator. Replacing it wouldn’t have made sense as it is excellent material, and the perfect size for this large dedicated space. It is an ISF certified woven 1.3 gain material that has less of a negative impact on sound quality than many micro-perforated materials. I was also happy to observe that there were no visible moiré artifacts from the high pixel count of the Sony 4K resolution projector, which is another potential performance issue with the new 4K projectors.

Even so, I was able to obtain 10 fL. of peak light output in the 235:1 mode filling the screen, and a respectable 13 fL. of peak light output for the 16:9 ratio. One of my biggest challenges on this job was doing the panel alignment on the projector, which required me to climb a large ladder and move it across the screen as I progressed with the panel alignment first aligning the red to green, and then the blue to green. This is an excellent feature on the Sony that dramatically improves the clarity of the picture. The procedure is a bit similar to converging an old CRT projector. dsc_1044.jpg

Grayscale and color calibration was fairly straight forward. I was a little disappointed to find that unlike the 1100’s less expensive sibling the VPL-VW600ES, the 1100ES lacks a Color Management System (CMS) for fine tuning of the color space. Fortunately, it is relatively accurate when in the Rec 709 color space setting in the Advanced menu. According to Sony, the lack of CMS is due to the 1100ES being an updated version of the company’s first 4K SXRD projector, the 1000ES that came out last year. The 1100ES also lacks the ability to lock the settings.

Blacks suffered slightly from what the Sony is capable of because I was forced to open the Iris up completely to obtain maximum light output, but this was not overly objectionable. In any case, the Sony calibrated to a relatively high degree of accuracy.  Please refer to the CalMAN PDF file for the results.  We watched a variety of Blu-ray clips, films on Apple TV, and 4K material from the Sony 4K server, and we were all impressed by the realistic color and skin tone rendition, as well as the crisp highly detailed images. Considering the price tag of the Sony at 28K when compared with the stratospheric pricing of 4K 3-chip DLP projectors that start at 125K and go up from there, the overall performance of the Sony 1100ES is quite impressive. 

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A/V Integrator                       

Electronic Environments                   

247 W 37th Street #704                   

New York, NY 10018                   

212-997-1110

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Equipment List

1 Bryston SP 3 Processor

2 Bryston 6B SST Amplifiers

1 Bryston  9B SST-4  Amplifier

2 Bryston BIT-20B17 Power Conditioners

1 QSC CORE 250i Digital Signal Processor

1 Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K SXRD Projector

1 Sony FMP-X10 4K Ultra HD Media Player

1 Sony BDP-S5200 Blu-ray player

1 Crestron MLX-3 Color LCD Handheld Wireless Remote w/infiNET EX™

1 Apple WIA-IM216 16GB iPad mini Retina

1 Crestron MC3 3-Series Control System

2 Panamax M4315-PRO BlueBolt™ networkable AC power controller


Video Calibrated by Kevin Miller of TweakTV

Audio Calibrated by Mike Park of James Loud Speakers

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