How to choose HT screen

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by rademacher1939, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. rademacher1939

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    Hi all,

    I'm still trying to feel my way around my HT build and trying to determine
    what kind of screen to get.
    I'm interested in a electric with an inferred remote.
    HDTV 106" (52"x92") screen size.
    This will be mounted into an open rafter in my basement.

    Which screen manufacture gives the most for your buck?
    I also know there are variations in screen textures and how does
    this affect the over all picture quality.

    All comments and suggestions welcome.[​IMG]
     
  2. SethH

    SethH Cinematographer

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    I won't claim to know much about screens, but I do know that many people around these forums would tell you that the best bang-for-the-buck by far is making your own screen. However, I guess this is a little more difficult if you require it to be motorized.
     
  3. Liquid Kaos

    Liquid Kaos Extra

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    I'll let you know how my 120" $200 Ebay screen works out [​IMG]

    At the office, we have a 120" Elite Screen that is more like $350, and looks pretty decent for the price with our Sharp XR-10X. It actually looks just as good as the owners $5,000 screen in his home theater (although his is 4 years old). Not only that, this $350 is SILENT and his is noisey as hell when it comes down - LOL!

    ADDED: It's actually quite unbelievable what you can do for so cheap now. $350 screen and $800 Sharp XR-10X projector actually looks better at our office then the bosses $5k projector and $4k screen he had installed 4 years ago.
     
  4. king

    king Stunt Coordinator

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    I was in the same dilemma. After doing a lot of research, I found the only way to really judge a screen is to read the reviews and of course see the picture quality in person.

    I wanted a fixed 106" screen that is to be mounted in the basement and narrowed it down to the Da-Lite and the Stewart Firehawk. The Da-Lite had excellent reviews especially with the projector I am looking to buy and it was less expensive than it's competitor.

    I went to a local high end home theater store and they played a movie for me. I was instantly sold on it. The colors and brightness was amazing even with a cheap projector.

    It cost me about $850-$900 custom ordered with the velvet covered metal frame. Can't wait to get it ...[​IMG]

    Check da-lite.com for all the different screens they make. I highly recommend it! They may cost a little more but the difference is worth it...
     
  5. rademacher1939

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    Thanks all for your input, it will help a lot.
    Arvin, since you've look and compared a few of the screens, wat qualities
    were you looking for and what screen fabric type did you choose?
    Thanks, John
     
  6. king

    king Stunt Coordinator

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    Choosing the right screen really depends on the room. Mine is going in a fairly dark room in the basement without any windows or ambient light...so my concern was primarily brightness, contrast, black level, picture clarity and viewing angle. I finally decided on the Da-Lite Cinema Vision 106" with the Pro-trim fabric covered 45 degree frame. Of course the projector has an important role in finding a right match for the two.

    The next step up offers another 5 degrees of viewing angle and is actually a gray vinyl screen with higher gain. Finally you can also get perforated screens if you are placing speakers behind it. I thought what I selected was more than adequate for my situation...

    Here is a good description/review of the da-lite screen...

    http://www.epinions.com/content_163531230852
     

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