For a 50" TV, I would definitely recommend the Mega size, not the Extreme. I have a 65" TV (which is both the minimum for Extreme, and the maximum for Mega), so I ordered the Extreme, and it barely fits (the led strings at the back of my TV are very close together, I even have some overlap). For a 50" TV, this would be much worse. You'll have lots of overlap, meaning the LEDS on the strips will not align with the positions on your TV, thus completely ruining the effect.
Their FAQ is quite clear about this: Classic – 32’’ – 45’’ Mega – 45’’ – 65’’ Xtreme – 65’’ – 80’’
I highly recommend sticking to this, as these guidelines are really accurate.
Bart, for 65", I think I would still stick with the extreme. I never had the opportunity to test the Mega, so this is speculation, but I imagine that with the mega, the gaps between the led strips will be bigger; the connecting wires will be stretched to the max, and the areas between the led strips (where there are just wires, no leds) will be quite a bit larger. With the extreme, at least, all areas are covered by leds (even if you have to plan the placement of the led strips carefully to keep the overlap to a minimum).
I don't have the measurements of the led strips and the connecting wires at hand right now, but if you want, I can measure them up tonight (as far as I know, the length of the strips and the length of the wires between the strips is the same for all sizes... it's just the number of strips that differs). Then you should be able to calculate what fits best on the back of your TV...
hey! thinking of getting this as a gift for my husband for christmas. we have a 60 inch plasma should i get the Mega or the Extreme?
What an awesome gift! Did he tell you he wanted a Dreamscreen or show you what it was? Or are you just getting it as a total surprise?
If I received a Dreamscreen out of the blue as a total surprise gift it would probably be the greatest gift ever! All my good tech gifts, like dreamscreen, I end up having to buy for myself since my wife and nobody else I know understands technology that well.
Not to resurrect an old thread but had a question pertaining to this.
I currently have a 55" but am upgrading the TV and new one will be 65". I would like the best density for the LEDs behind and not have to worry about buying another light strip. Could I get away with the Xtreme for now or will it look bad/not have the same effect?
Secondary question, what are the dimensions of the light strips? I'd like to measure the edge of the back of my current TV (plasma with a large bezel) and see if it might actually work.
Some info: Classic = 12 strips (2 - 4 - 2 - 4) Mega = 18 strips (3 - 6 - 3 - 6) Xtreme = 24 strips (4 - 8 - 4 - 8) Strips are 16.5 cm long (~6.5 inch), wires are ~14cm (5.5 inch) long, wires start ~2cm (~0.75inch) from the top of the strips (in other words, there is ~10cm wire/distance between the strips).
For the time being, you could use the Xtreme on a 55" TV, and simply not use all the LED strips. If you set it up Mega-style (3 - 6 - 3 - 6), you would have 6 spare strips dangling at the end. In the phone app you can specify the number of LED strips/lights that you have active. Even when you have the Xtreme lights, you can just specify "Mega" (or a custom size) there, so that the colors on your TV and LEDs match, and those last 6 strips simply aren't used for the time being.
On a sidenote, if you're purchasing a brand new DreamScreen, then I recommend the new DreamScreen HD or 4K model (see the Kickstarter for those) instead of the classic model. Those will be ready and delivered later this year... maybe by then, you will already have your new 65" TV?
I will check the dimensions of my 55". Side question on placement; if the TV is against the wall on a time mount, slightly tilted down about a foot above the mantle, is it best to place the LEDs along the edge where they will face straight back toward the wall or where it's angled so the light covers more of the wall?
As for the 4K, yes. I will be getting a 4K soon but would prefer the dongle-style interface with an exchangeable splitter versus the all-in-one model of the version 2. I can get a 4K HDMI 2.0 splitter for ~$50. Correct me if I'm wrong in how the new one will work though.
A 4K splitter will work just fine on the classic DreamScreen or on the new DreamScreen HD model. You just won't be able to use the full potential of the 4K splitter, as the DreamScreen is capped at 1080p. Splitters work by duplicating the input signal and sending that on both output ports. So the maximum input signal that splitters will accept, is the highest resolution supported by BOTH output devices. So if you have a 4K TV on one output port and a DreamScreen classic or HD on the other output port, then 1080p (HDMI 1.4) is the maximum resolution accepted on the splitter's input. So if you try to input a 4K signal to the splitter, you will not only have no LED activity from your DreamScreen, but you will also get no signal to your TV.
If you want to be able to send a 4K signal to your TV through the splitter, then you will need to purchase a (substantially more expensive) splitter/scaler... ie. a splitter that is able to downscale the 4K signal to 1080p on one output output, while having a non-downscaled 'bypass' option on the second output port. In that case, purchasing the DreamScreen 4K is a significantly better/cheaper option.
As for your other question... if the TV is mounted very close to the wall, then it is probably smart to place the LEDs very close to the edge of the TV, otherwise you may not see much of the lighting. But you have to be careful with angling the LEDS to the side, as you don't want to be able to see the LEDs themselves when you're sitting in front of the TV... that would distract from the lighting effect.
See for example this video, for an example of the lighting on a wall mounted/tilted TV: