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Projector Screen Advice

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by OBI-1, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. OBI-1

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    Guys,

    Can anyone recommend a reputible filmscreen company? There seems to be quite a choice of companies on the net with many diffferences in price for a screen. Obviously, without having a demo of every different screen, how I am going to choose between them all and why is there such a difference in price between all these companies? (OWL, Da-lite, Stewart etc)

    I don't really want to pay more than £300 for a permanent fixed screen. I am not sure what gain is required but the standard seems to be 1.0.

    I am looking to get a SHARP XV-Z90E DLP projector. This will be set up in a dedicated room with no windows, therefore total blackout can easily be achieved.

    If I can make a DIY screen this could be a suitable option. Has anyone tried this?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especiallly as I don't think I am going to be able to DEMO any screens..

    Cheers
     
  2. severnsource

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    I bought my screen from The Widescreen Centre, http://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/screen.html. A 2.4M x 2.4M manual pull down screen for £237, which seemed a very reasonable price to me. The screen works well, but is a bit utilitarian in appearance. They had loads of other types of screens listed as well.

    They were very good to deal with, the told me they didn't have stock, but kept me informed.

    Prices are set by the usual free market mechanisms. To some extent you get what you pay for; for instance I believe that it is quite difficult to make a collapsible frame for a fixed screen that won't distort, but it is a small market and one that is generally pretty well off, so I suspect that prices are set high because people pay them. (Vide hi fi cables)

    It is certainly possible to make your own. There are several threads in this and the AVS forums about this.

    Bill
     
  3. John_N

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    I use a projecta screen (made by www.projecta.nl) which I am very happy with and I thought was a reasonable price.

    If you are looking at a permanent fixed screen, you may be able to make your own using some screen fabric (you can buy proper screen fabric from specialist suppliers) and stretch it over a frame and attach using velcro or similar.

    The frame is often the hard part. Fixed screens often have steel frames that have been accurately welded on a jig to make sure they are absolutely flat. Any warping or twisting in the frame means your screen is not going to be absolutely flat and bye bye picture quality. Likewise - don't assume your house wall is flat - it won't be.

    J
     
  4. Gary Lightfoot

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    I made a fixed frame screen using 70mm x 18mm wood from B&Q, and stretched blackout cloth over it for an 84" x 47.25" screen.

    It cost me £28 including wood, clothe, screws and staples, and is pretty good. Of course a proper screen should be better, but 10 times better is unlikely, so it's great value.

    You can hang it on a wall as it wighs very little, and if you do get any noticable warping (I haven't yet - 3 years and counting), then you could screw some metal angle to the back to strainten it up.

    Pics on my web site if you're interested...

    HTH

    Gary.
     

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