Are all screens created equal?

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  1. PeterofCanada

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    I have determined that I am going to get a screen of approximately 133 inches in a Matte White Finish with a 1.0 gain for my Epson 8700UB.


    Now the question is are all screens created equal or more or less equal? Da-lite seems to be a mid-range player and their screen is just under $2000 (that is quote from Da-Lite head office).


    I have spent the money on the Epson 8700UB and do not want to cheap out on the screen. But there are some cheaper and don't want to pay for incremental improvements from one price point to another. In other words is a $2000 screen only slightly better than a $1000 screen?


    Right now I am projecting on a wall painted with Baehr SIlver Screen and it looks good. I just have no frame of reference to compare. I would appreciate any and all input.
     
  2. Leo Kerr

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    I've not had any troubles with my Elite screen, which at the 135" size, seems to be about $1000 for a matte-white power retractable.

    I guess for a matte-white, the big concerns are:


    • flatness (optical/hot spotting)

    • flatness (geometric/ripples)

    • reliability


    It's been some years, but it seemed to me that some years ago, the Da-Lite matte-white had a bit of a sheen to it that might have translated to some minor hot-spotting. (I didn't go with them, but for other reasons -- I wanted an affordable AT screen.)


    Leo
     
  3. Jim Mcc

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    $2,000? Is the frame gold plated or something? I doubt that's right. Maybe it's the MSRP.
     
  4. Gregg Loewen

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    2000 for a quality screen is not out of line.


    Depends on your budget and what value (or lack of value) you want for your dollars.
     
  5. Gregg Loewen

    Gregg Loewen Video Standards Instructor, THX Ltd.
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    Carada makes some good budget screens.
     

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