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The Downside
Okay, so I love Starglas.  I love it so much that it hurts to know that, in my current living situation, there is no way I can own or have a Starglas theater.  That’s a downside right there, albeit my own fault for not owning a bigger, grander home.

Beyond my own materialism, there are some caveats regarding Starglas.  First, it will require you to cut a rather large hole in your wall or potentially build out into your room.  If you rent or lease your home, this may not be an option.  Building out into your room would eliminate this problem, but Starglas is far from portable and you will be giving up a fair bit of square footage, depending on your projector.

While I consider Starglas to be a more cost-effective solution than larger than life plasma displays, if you want the most badass installation, complete with auto masking, killer projector and topnotch custom installation, the costs will quickly add up and rival those of the traditional competition.  However, you’re still going to save at the meter, because unless you’re lighting up Starglas with a true theater-grade projector, it is not quite the pig for power the larger displays are.

With a base price of around $200 per square foot, the Starglas is quite a bargain, considering the benefits it provides over huge plasmas or LCD displays.  However, Starglas is only as good as what you and/or your installer pair it with, which is a separate expense.  Still, when I priced it out, my no-holds-barred Starglas-based home theater, complete with 1080p projector, auto masking and installation, was still thousands less than the comparable Panasonic or Runco 100-inch plasma mega-display.  While not quite as simple as the picture-hanging technique used for most modest-sized flat-panel displays these days, the performance and cool factor of Starglas just blows all other display devices and surfaces out of the water.  It is, without a doubt, the best viewing surface I’ve seen for all-around enjoyment on a large scale.  It will ruin you and keep you up at night wondering which body part you’re willing to part with for medical experiments just to afford it. At the very least, you’ll walk around your home staring at walls, thinking to yourself, “I could put a screen there … Honey …”

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