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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by frederic, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. frederic

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    I spoke to a home cinema installer. He said that screen quality is very important and that no money should be spared when buying a screen. What do you guys think?
     
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    We don't all sing from the same hymn sheet on this one. My advice is to go down to Ikea and spend 20 quid on their 2 metre 'Tuplar' blackout blind. You'll be amazed at the quality of the image.
     
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    I say if you have good plastered walls get down B&Q and go for a quality Matt white emulsion and a roll of black gaffer tape!
     
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    i've also gone for black out lining fabric. though i'd like to know what improvements i'd get with proper screen material.

    For example, what gain is lining fabric?? :rolleyes:

    hhhhmmmm
     
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    Hi all
    Use the icestorm paint and save a fortune esp if you have small children
    regards. roger
     
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    agreed with roger, icestorm on heavy blackout works very well.

    Of course this is a hassle and it becomes an enormous hassle if you want to have custom masking which i believe is very important.

    Of course if you are buying an electric type screen they you cant do it diy, in which case it is probably not far wrong to say you should budget plenty..... tab tensioned screens can be very expensive

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    Malcolm, there are various types of blackout cloth, and these vary from white to cream, and there are a few grey versions too.

    I used a white blackout cloth, and the gain is around unity.

    I now use a 'proper' screen material with a gain of 1.2,and apart from being brighter, and a little whiter, the image quality is the same as far as I can tell.

    HTH

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    I was recently recommended Harkness Hall screens. Does anyone know that make?
     
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    Hi

    Does anybody know if a tab tensioned screen will make a big difference?

    S.
     
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    Can anyone tell me where I can get balckout material for lining my curtains?
     
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    Sam i got mine from the fabric wharehouse. That was in Northampton. I think they are country wide so there may well be one close you. £4.99 per meter.
     
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    I have dealt with Harkness Hall before for our virtual reality centres, not a very good experience really. The screen material was kinda OK, although there are much better makes out there now with a lot more variety in optical characteristics. It is a balancing thing..different screens for different rooms and different projectors. Very good if you get it right but very bad if you get it very slightly wrong. I only use screens from Stewart or my own design now and these are only in rear-projection applications..if the PJ is good enough a painted surface is fine, and will have better all round performance plus it will be a heck of a lot cheaper.
     
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    Tab tensioning it there to make the screen flat. It also adds a fair bit to the price typically.

    However if you can make a fabric that hangs flat anyway, you don't need it. Such like Vutec's VuFlex Pro fabric. www.vutec.com

    (Shamless plug over :D )
     
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    I use velcro stiched to my back out lining fabric.
    The other side of velcro is stapled to the wooden frame.

    After ironing the fabric it pulls nice and flat with the velcro holding the tension nicely.

    If i get some proper material i'll probably use the same method.
     
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    I am getting the sony vpl hs3 projector and the location of the screen will be the bay window. I want a pull down screen. What would you recommend?
     
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    I suggest -

    www.intoav.com

    look at the manual Granview screens. I have an electric screen that has remained flat and curl free for the last six months of ownership.

    Great VFM.

    Cap:smashin:
     

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