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screen fabric, where to buy?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by jasonx32, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. jasonx32

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    just about to get round building a fixed screen, does anyone know where is the best place to buy screen fabric from?
    is there much difference in using blackout fabric over proper screen fabric?

    ta.

    jason :rolleyes:
     
  2. robertsage

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    Hi,
    http://www.drhscreens.co.uk were recommended to me for screen fabric.
    I'm about to build my first screen soon (183cm wide) and I'm going to use blackout fabric first (will only cost £4.99metre - so about £10 all in) and then see if I like the results.
    If i'm not happy I'll go for some material from DRH.
    I'd be interested in anyone elses opinions too...
    (I'm using an Epson TW10)
     
  3. jasonx32

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    cheers for that rob,
    looking at the prices of drh will probably use blackout fabric and see what the results are.
    just out of interest, where are you buying your blackout fabric from?

    ta.

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  4. robertsage

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    My local fabric store in Worthing sells it on rolls. 54" x 36" is £4.99. So I only need two bits for my 6ft screen.
    I understand that John Lewis stores sell it too.
     
  5. Edgeyboy

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    Harkness Hall make some fantastic screens.

    They are used in a lot of cinemas. They do deal directly with the public also.

    HTH.
     
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    I've been considering this but how are you going to join two bits together? Having a seam in the middle of the screen is going to be a bit offputting isn't it?
     
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    Sorry - I meant 2 square meters at £4,99 ea - not two bits!! Oops!
     
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    I got my blackout material from http://www.fabrics4you.co.uk

    It is £7.99 per meter (55" high) and they deliver, which saved me a saturday afternoon visiting the shops (I called them, and they even shipped it on a roll to save adding new creases to the material).

    Very happy with the results (115" corner to corner, which was the biggest I could manage with blackout cloth).
     
  9. robertsage

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    Just finished my 200cm screen, using blackout fabric as discussed above. Will post some pics later on... :smashin:
     
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    I have used pandoras-upholstery in the past

    They do quite a variety of blackout material and you can get quite a bargain at times as this link is for one auction that went £19 for 10m (yes that's metres) of 168cm wide white (grey reverse) blackout material

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8135200016

    HTH
     
  11. jasonx32

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    robertsage, will be very interested to see your finished screen mate!

    Jason
     
  12. robertsage

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    This is a pic of the screen mounted over the top of my 36" Sony CRT.
    Only taken with my phone so not great! Will take some decent shots with the digital camera later + design pics.

    This is before the screen was trimmed off (you can see the extra fabric hanging out!)

    I'll fire up the PJ tonight and try to get some nice screenshots for you. :smashin:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Hi. Found a company on Ebay selling screen material. It's in USA, But are shipping it to me. 76"x110" for $88 including shipping. Will post quality when it arrives. The company is B-A screens.
    cheers
     
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    Just received the screen material from the USA. Excellent quality. Well worth a look.
    http://www.b-aDeals.com.
     
  15. Joshm74

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    Scott33b, that sounds good. I've been looking for some decent cheapo screen material for a while so this sounds ideal. I have a couple of questions I hope you wouldn't mind answering:

    - Is the material colour a proper white? (i.e. not off-white or some creamy combo but pure white?)

    - Can it be rolled when not in use? The website says its for stretching onto a permanent frame only. I was actually hoping to fasten it to a curtain rail and roll it up when not in use. (I dont have space for a fixed screen :( )

    - Most important - whats the picture quality like? They mention the gain is 1.3 so I'm hoping it gives a nice bright picture. Whats your subjective view?

    Any pics you have would also be most appreciated :)
     
  16. Gary Lightfoot

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    That stuff sounds good value.

    I made a screen using white BO cloth, and liked it so much I kept it for 3 years. When I bought a lower lumen pj, needed some gain to get the brightness that I was used to, so got some screen material from Ellie. Apart from being a little whiter and brighter, the BO cloth is remarkably good in comparison. The DIY screen cost about £28 for everything (wood, cloth, glue, screws and staples), bt the pukka screen material cost over £100. Makes th BO cloth great value IMHO.

    There are some pics on my website of the DIY BO cloth screen is anyone is interested.

    Gary.
     
  17. Joshm74

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    Hi Gary,

    Your HC setup looks great :smashin: BO cloth would definitely be my first choice also based on the positive experiences documented on this forum. However the problem I have found in trying to source BO cloth is that every sample I look at is too 'creamy' or off-white in colour, and not the pure white that I'm looking for. I have checked John Lewis, Pandoras Upholstery (on Ebay), another private seller on Ebay (who was kind enough to send me a sample) but they have all been more yellow than white :(

    So this screen material from the US looks very promising - it works out at around £35 for a 54" x 108" roll (inc UK delivery) so could be what I'm looking for. The only thing is that with a 1.3 gain the viewing angles may be a little poor - hopefully Scott33b will be able to confirm :)
     
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    Hi Josh,

    Thanks. :)

    How far off axis will people be sitting? The image does dim the further off center you go, when you have gain above unity, but it's not as bad as you think. Most screen manufacturers give a 'half gain' figure which I belive is the angle where the gain is half of it's quoted maximum. The image is still watchable, only dimmer than it would be from the central position. Just make sure you don't sit outside the screenwidth and you should be fine.

    For the money though, the US stuff seems like a no brainer, and I'm sure Scott33b will confirm what you need to know. :)

    Gary.
     
  19. Baz1

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    I have also purchased this material from the USA, and I have to say it is very good value for money. It does need to be streched, it came folded up and to get all the folds out, I had to strech them out, not alot I may add. :smashin:
     
  20. Joshm74

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    Thanks for that. How white is the colour of the material? And do you think it would be ok to roll up between uses?

    I think I will probably give it a shot as for that price it's a bit of a no-brainer :)
     
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    Hi folks. I've found this screen material excellent quality. The reason I bought this material is because you can only get blackout material in 54" wide rolls. I needed 72" wide. The material is white and is exactly as described on the website. I had it within 5 days of paying for it. If you want some screen shots, send me an email.
    cheers Scott
     
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    Thanks Scott. I've gone ahead and ordered me a 54" x 108" roll for $60 delivered (£35) so will let you know my thoughts once it arrives.
     
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    Scott is that the flame resistant stuff they've got listed on the website? I'd be interested in some pics if you have any. Are you able to make any comparisons with other types of material such as normal blackout cloth etc? Im looking for some material to use with my Barco 801s, at the moment I've got a temporary screen made with blackout cloth but I really want something a bit taller than the 54", and the 1.3 gain sounds good too.

    Cheers,
    Ben.
     
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    Hi Ben. It's just the regular material. I have used blackout material as a tester and I find the screen material brighter with nicer colours, That's just my opinion. If you send me an email to scottdavidson33b@yahoo.co.uk I'll return some screen shots. They're too large to post on the site.
    cheers
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    hi all
    i built my own screen last year after alot of research
    posted at the time but prob lost now
    anyway had alot of samples from harkness/dalite etc and did tests
    in my opinion the best allround material was from DRH matte white
    performed better than more expensive ones
    also material itself makes it easy to fix to frame without sagging
    been up now for over a year and as good as new
    hope this helps
    rough idea screen is 84" wide and cost about £80
     
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    I came to the same conculsion to you about the DRH screen.

    While browsing eBay for the B-A screen I noticed that Dazian sell on there and have some interesting screen materials. Has anyone tried them? I've seen them mentioned on AVSforum, they do a real Theatre screen and an acoustically transparent one but I can't find a lot of info on them.
     
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    Robertsage,

    I like the look of the screen in the photo you posted earlier in the thread. Please could you post some details about how it was constructed ?

    Allan
     
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    Allan,
    I've been really busy recently. But I'll take some pics at the weekend and write up a bit on how I put the screen together.:lesson: Hopefully some nice screenshots too.
     
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    Here's a screenshot of the TW10. I haven't calibrated the image yet, nor have I quite worked out which settings I need on my camera to get the best shot!!! :blush: Will post some decent ones at weekend!!

    View Screenshot Here! :smashin:
    The velvet that I used for the border really does a great job of stopping any overspill of the image - even on full whack you can't see any!
    Considering I made a screen for the least amount of money possible I'm very pleased. I can always do something a bit flashier later in the year.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    just ordered some of that fabric off that site, lets see if it is an improvement over my current projcting onto a blue!! wall! :) will post before/after pics when available
     

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