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Screen decisions for a AE300

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by PFM, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. PFM

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    I wanna buy a screen for a Panny AE300 (as yet unbought)

    Currently my criteria for a screen stands at:

    Either 7 or 8 feet across
    16:9 format
    Electric

    The room it will be placed into is the lounge and will have to drop down infront of the current AV setup (excluding speakers).

    The dimensions of the room are 16' x10' and ideally I would like to mount the screen into the ceiling void just below the ceiling surface.

    Its a modern house so I envisage that no extra screen drop should be necessary.

    Having read a few posts on a few websites I'm a bit concerned about screen curl (drapers appear to sometimes suffer from this).

    My AV setup has a few power amps that run hot and after a good couple of hours running the room can heat up considerably. So I think I may need to take account of this. Anyone have any thoughts?

    I understand that Vutec use a stiffer material in their
    design would this suffice? Though it is a 1.3 gain

    Really, I feel that I need some advice on what manufacturer to go with (I dont wish to make the wrong decision and regret it every time I watch a film), so any advice would be much appreciated and well received.

    I suppose the final element to this criteria is that the screen will perform well with a Panny AE300 and yet allow me sufficint longevity to allow for an upgrade of the PJ in the next couple of years.

    So short lists seem to be:

    Vutec,
    Owl,
    Draper - (not so sure of)

    Any one out there got any ideas (I need to get this right)

    :) ;)

    thanks
     
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    Owl - flawless & will outlive any PJ in the coming years.

    Not cheap though.

    :smoke:
     
  3. PFM

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    Dont mind a solid investment if it will last...:)
     
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    Good way to look at an Owl screen - an investment ;)

    Fixed thread title (just noticed it) now.

    :)
     
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    Thankyou,

    Anyone outhere had any issues with screen curl due to room temperature fluctuations?
     
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    PFM,

    I have a Grandview electric that is a lovely screen. Refer to www.intoav.com Basically it’s a da-lite screen in all but name. However, it has a slight bit of edge curl on the right. Only slight however, and I simply hold back the curl with a blob of blue tack. Despite the screen being electric, it stays down so not a problem there.

    I have become a fan of OWL screens though as the seem to stay very flat. I had a good look at a standard electric screen on Tuesday afternoon. The actual screen material is not that different to mine but it has a much heavier weight at the bottom, which probably ensures that it stays flat. The glass screens made by OWL are superb though and are quite literally as flat as a pancake.

    If I were to upgrade in the near to long term future I would certainly go for an OWL.

    I hope this helps.

    Cap.
     
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    I changed from Draper to Owl (8ft electric) a few months back and have never regretted it for a moment.

    Absolutely fantastic screen and they hang like a sheet of glass. Highly recommended.

    As to heat build up in the room, get an air con unit fitted. I did a few weeks back (perfect timing), not cheap but works a treat.
     
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    Not sure I could stretch to air-con just yet:blush:

    but from the views posted I'll seriously look at OWL and have a chat to Gordon @ convergent. (as he is a bit of a fountain of knowlege in this area).:lesson:

    Anyone know the URL for OWL?:smashin:
     
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    Thanks folks...:smashin:

    Gone for the 8ft Owl electric screen from Gordon (Convergent), a most helpful chap, with a fair bit of knowledge thrown in.


    Just counting down the days until it arrives:clap: :clap: :clap:


    PS.
    Does any one know if...

    ...X10 is the most economical way to drive the screen using my pronto?:blush:
     
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    What site did you order from???

    Looking at getting a 7' Owl
     
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    Give Gordon Fraser a callfrom Convergent AV, (advertised in the sponsors section).

    As said above - a most helpful chap!
     
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    Excellent!

    I am not that far from him either :D

    Have mailed him for a quote :smashin:
     

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