That was the question on many people’s minds, and it was an answer that came across as a no-brainer to many. However, there are still some differences between these two projectors that it’s worth taking into consideration before purchasing either unit.
When making this decision it really comes down to what you need in your home theater setup and what kind of video/movie experience you want to have for yourself and others who watch movies with you.
So Carl’s ALR vs. CineGrey 5D: Which One is Better?
What is ALR?
ALR stands for ambient light rejection, that is, in a projector, it can block out the ambient light and show only the projection.
This is because the light produced by the projector is brighter than any ambient light in the room. This makes it ideal for a dark room because the picture can be seen clearly without any blurring or distortion.
ALR projectors have two different settings, these are:
- Full – As stated above, this option will block out all ambient light. It is this specific model that should be used if you have a projector that is in a really dark environment and no other lights besides your projector are on.
- Normal – This setting will allow for some ambient light to pass through and mix with your projected image.
What are the benefits of ALR?
- Less intrusive on others’ privacy
- No glare from windows
- Sharper image quality
- More comfortable viewing for viewers wearing glasses or contacts
Carl’s ALR Pros and Cons
1. Affordable Pre-Cut Material
Carl’s ALR material is 2.5 times thicker than the competition for a 30% savings. That means Carl’s ALR is one of the most affordable pre-cut products on the market today.
2. Ease of Installation
No more guessing how much material you need, Carl’s ALR has one of the easiest to use cutting guides online that will tell you exactly how much to buy based on your screen size and throw distance.
3: Affordable Screen Material
Carl’s ALR material costs less than any pre-made grey screen on the market and it is about 80% quieter than all other screens while in use.
4. ALR Properties
Unlike other ALR products, Carl’s ALR is a one-way diffusion material that allows for better brightness and sharper picture quality while also offering the best mix of privacy and ease of use.
5. Multiple Lighting Options and Mounting Choices
Carl’s ALR has the most amount of lighting options, it can be used with the standard electrician’s tube lights or with LEDs. It can also be hung on a projector mount, stand-alone mount, or ceiling mount.
6. Installation Options
Carl’s ALR projection material can be installed in three different ways;
- The projector can be ceiling mounted directly above the screen and pointed down at it.
- The projector can be mounted to the side of the screen pointing towards it (this is done to eliminate any possible hot spots).
- The screen is placed onto a wall or surface and then projecting straight down onto it.
What is CineGrey 5D?
CineGrey 5D is the name of the technology that Carl Zeiss AG developed to make the CineGrey 5” DLP® chip. This process allows for a higher color gamut while keeping the lamps cool at all times.
What are the benefits of CineGrey?
- Better image quality and detail retention in dimmed or darkened theaters
- Ability to see the image even if it’s dark
- Increased contrast in dark scenes
(CineGray is very similar to ALR, but is not what they used to call it. It’s supposed to be more accurate, but I’ve heard mixed reviews. Yes, they used the same color wheel)
CineGrey’s Pros and Cons
1. A Decent Overall Assembled Size
The overall size of the CineGrey material is good, but it’s not as large as some might like. However, the company offers a wide variety of sizes so you can choose what you want and need.
2. Cheap Price
CineGrey is much cheaper than most other ALR materials. However, even though there is a large difference in price, this fact doesn’t take away from the quality that it offers, especially when it comes to color accuracy and high definition video resolution.
3. CineGrey Specs
CineGrey is about twice as thick as other grey screens. This helps with heat retention and also makes it ideal for use in smaller rooms.
ALR technology is used in the CineGrey material which helps to block out any ambient light, this means that you can use your screen even in a brightly lit room without losing any of the image quality.
4. ISF-Certified To Be World-Class Material
CineGrey has been around for over two decades, so it’s already been tested and certified. This process ensures that the material is perfect for use in any theater room or home theater environment.
5. Excellent Color Accuracy
The CineGrey material has a color accuracy of an amazing 92%. This means that you will not have any issues when viewing your favorite movies, TV shows, or sporting events.
You will also never have to worry about buying a new screen every few years because the colors are starting to fade out of your screen.
ALR vs. CineGrey 5D: So Which One to Choose?
More Durable Screen Material
Let’s face it. You spend a lot of money on your home theater setup. You probably paid a lot of money for your projector as well, so why skimp on something as important as the screen?
The difference in quality between CineGrey screens and Carl’s ALR screens is huge. Like I said before, the CineGrey material is lightweight. It is made to be used with some of the lower-end projectors that you find in your local store.
I know some of you may be thinking, “So what’s the big deal?
I’ve seen these types of screens at retail stores for $99. I’m not getting any special treatment or anything. Why should I pay more for it?”
Even though this screen material is somewhat inexpensive in the store setting, Carl’s ALR screens are made to last. And that’s because Carl’s ALR screens use a grade of aluminum that is 50% stronger than normal aluminum.
This means that your screen can easily hold thousands of pounds compared to other screens that have a lower level of protection for your projector and can withstand less weight without breaking under pressure.
Carl’s ALR screens come in a variety of different sizes to fit many kinds of projectors and applications. Each screen has a ½-inch black border around the entire frame.
Hanging hardware is included with all Carl’s ALR screens, and hanging instructions are shipped with your purchase so you can get started with setting up your Carl’s ALR screen almost immediately after it is at your door.
Many of Carl’s ALR screens also come equipped with double-sided Velcro already installed. This makes mounting the screen on a wall or ceiling easy, and it allows for easy installation as well as faster removal from wherever you choose to hang the screen.
When it comes to the best value, Carl’s ALR screens are the clear winner in this debate and offer the best value for your home theater setup. You’ll receive more for your money with Carl’s ALR projectors and screens, so consider ordering one today and you won’t regret it.
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