Need advice on projector & screen size/fitting!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Damo, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. Damo

    Damo Auditioning

    Dec 3, 2001
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    I am about to purchase a SONY VLP-CX1 Projector (don't laugh, that's all I can afford).

    I aim to have a Home Cinema set-up in my living room.

    I plan to get a Stewart Grayhawk screen (not sure exactly which one yet).

    Okay, here's where I need some help...

    Distance between screen and back wall (where projector will be): 13ft

    What would be the (best viewing) maximum screen size I could have (16x9 screen only, please)?

    The wallspace available for the screen is: 6.66ft (or 80in)

    - wide & 4.33 - 4.50ft (max)(or 52/54in) in height.

    What kind of Grayhawk should I buy? Videomatte?

    I doubt I could stretch to a 'motorized' screen.

    So, I guess I will have to make do with a pull down.

    But, do these bend, dent or crease easily over time?

    Lots of questions, i know.

    But, I would be very grateful for some answers!

    Thank you,


    p.s. I live in the UK. Sometimes work abroad in the U.S.

    So, I can buy the screen (cheaper!) in the U.S.
  2. Neil Joseph

    Neil Joseph Lead Actor

    Jan 16, 1998
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    Neil Joseph
    Pulldowns may wave after time but when viewed from the front, it is not even noticeable, you would have to view from the side at a shallow angle to really see it.

    I am assuming that your seating will be around 12-13 ft from the screen. At that range, you would surely want to fill up the entire width of that wall, or 80"x45".
  3. Martin W

    Martin W Agent

    Jun 16, 2001
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    We all have a budget, but if the CX-1 is all you can afford when it comes to projectors, how do you plan to afford the grayhawk? [​IMG]
    Just a thought considering a grayhawk screen costs almost twice as much as the CX-1 projector over here.
  4. Kendal Kirk

    Kendal Kirk Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 15, 2001
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    I am in the same boat when affordability and ease of use goes. I just installed a pulldown screen this past weekend to use with an Epson 713e. Even though the epson is a bit noisy, I am very happy with the results. The screen does have a very minor wave on the side, but it isn't noticable(right now) after viewing 5 movies.

    The housing that I built to place the screen within can accept up to a 96" wide screen, but I have started out with a generic screen that is 60" wide that you can pick up at many office supply stores.

    Not to take over the thread, but am I starting out in the right direction, or am I just kidding myself?

    thanks . . . .

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