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Which screen? Free Infocus screen, DIY blackout or DYI white board from Home Depot?


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Frank_D

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Posted August 10 2005 - 03:25 AM

I have a pull down 76 inch screen that was free with my Infocus 4805 but have just been using my wall while finishing up my basement. Before I put up the screen I wanted to check some other options.

I really like the look of the fixed screens more and have heard great things about the DYI blackout cloth option. I also saw Home Depot has this white board which is like $15 or something and looks like it would work fine.

Which one is going to give me the best picture? The pull down, DIY blackout cloth or the white board?

Although I like the look of the fixed screens better I don't want to take a step down if the pulldown gives that much of a better picture.

Any input would be really appreciated.

Thanks!

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Jim Mcc

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Posted August 10 2005 - 03:54 AM

Frank, if the 76" screen is big enough for you, I would stick with that. I used a blackout cloth screen for about 6 months, and it was just too dull white. Now I use a painted sheet of MDF and it is much better.

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Frank_D

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Posted August 10 2005 - 04:34 AM

Jim, the size isn't the issue. I would make them all about 76 inches.

I was just wondering which one of the three would really give me the best picture. I would think the pulldown would have the nicest at first but I would worry that it would start to get creases after awhile of going up and down. I have seen them in some of the conference rooms at my office and they don't look that great.

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Robert_J

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Posted August 10 2005 - 07:12 AM

I don't like sending people to other forums but AVS has a section dedicated to DIY screens. They range from blackout cloth to Parkland Plastic to painted mirrors. There are also numerous recipes for paints on any of these screens.

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#5 of 11 OFFLINE   drobbins

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Posted August 11 2005 - 12:13 PM

I had a 92" DIY screen made from black-out material, hung my rebate screen in front of half of it & watched Terminator 3. I could not really tell any difference between the two. I was glad because I didn't want to spend the money on a real 92" screen. Posted Image I just rebuilt my theater with a 105" painted Goo screen, but haven't compared the two yet. Going from memory though, I think it reflects more light? Once I paint my ceiling darker, I can tell better. If you like your rebate screen, keep it. I did the DIY to get a bigger screen.
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#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Frank_D

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Posted August 12 2005 - 02:30 AM

drobbins- You answered my question. If the DIY screen is as good as the pull down I would prefer that. I am not only concerned with the picture quality but also how it looks on the wall. They look like plasma's to me, at least in pictures I have seen.

Did you put a border around it? How does it look close up?

THANKS,
Frank

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Kevin Deacon

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Posted August 12 2005 - 06:43 AM

I use the white board and painted it with Behr Silver Screen. The colors straight out of the Infocus without calibration are awesome. I will calibrate this weekend.

#8 of 11 OFFLINE   JimPeitersen

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Posted August 12 2005 - 10:25 AM

I did the same as Kevin, the home depot white board and Behr Silver Screen. Thought I might experiment later with the "magic" tints that people suggest on AVS, but this current screen is very good.
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#9 of 11 OFFLINE   drobbins

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Posted August 12 2005 - 11:27 AM

Frank,
Here is a link to my Old Theater . It was ruined by a house flood Posted Image . Anyway my new one is almost complete. Posted Image I had under $70.00 in the screen. I sent you a PM.
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#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Frank_D

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Posted August 16 2005 - 01:12 AM

Dave, that looks awesome. Just what I am looking for. Posted Image

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Oachalon

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Posted August 16 2005 - 06:38 AM

i just painted the screen right on the drywall in my basement with behr silverscreen. Then i framed it off. It looks great. I had patched the wall and made sure it was perfectly smooth and sanded before painting and it looks great. When i get time im going to paint the rest of the wall black.