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Tab-tensioned or fixed frame screen?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by devs, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. devs

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    Tab-tensioned or fixed frame screen? Whats the difference?

    And could anyone plz recommend a good source to purchase from...

    Thx the new kid! ;)
     
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    Hi,

    The difference between tab-tensioned and frame screens is that the first screen is a retractable screen, the second is a fixed screen.

    If you have the room for it and don't mind having the screen in sight all the time, a fixed frame screen is the best option, as it is permanently tensioned (evenly) from 4 sides. This makes for a perfectly flat projection area.

    Best regards,

    Otto
     
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    Great many thx for the explanation Otto, I should be getting my first projector this week so just getting ready for the next purchase. Time to convince the better half again! ;)

    Cheers,

    Steve.
     
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    One last newbe question if I may Otto?

    I intend on watching mainly DVDs on my screen so I presume that I should buy one with a ratio, yet if I were to watch normal TV on this kind of screen how would the image be displayed?

    Many Thx again!
     
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    You should get a 16:9 ratio screen as more and more TV is being broadcast in this format (if the broadcast is 4:3 you can tell your PJ/scaler/digibox to stretch it). Just for the record a tab tensioned screen isn't necessarily a pull down or electric model. Its just the way the material is pulled tight :thumbsup: My screen is a fixed model but uses a tab tensioning method to secure the screen material :) I do agree however that a fixed screen is best and also cheaper :smashin: I got mine from www.ellie.co.uk. If your using a DLP/LCD PJ you should be looking for a gain of 1 or there abouts. If your plannin to use a CRT model then about 1.3 is right :D
     
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    Great many thanks for the info mate - you've put my mind at reset... I didn't realise that you could tell the PJ to stretch it!

    I've been reading very good reports on the Carada fixed screens here... http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=130700

    So I think I'll be taking that route. I should hopefully be getting a HS20 at the end of the week and will mostly be using the PJ at night however if I were to use it during the day my movie room has two skylights in the roof that I can not control so would a gain of 1 still be okay our should I be looking for something a little higher. Like I say I will not be using it much during the day due to work etc...

    Thx mate,

    Steve.
     
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    Stick with 1 mate, its fine for the vast majority of LCDs. They all have quite high outputs :thumbsup:
     
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    Cool many thx for the help mate! ;)
     

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