Help me choose a projection screen

hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,851
edited September 25 in Music & Movies
I currently have a motorized drop-down 100" FAVI screen. Long story short it got damaged and it's time for a new one.

I think I want to go up to a 120". 16x9 format.

I have found basically the same one I have in a pull-down format for around $200. My main concern, however, is at that size (120") it seems the screens are more prone to wrinkles or edge-bend. I was thinking possibly a fixed-frame screen would be better?

Budget is $250 max and preferably under $200. I know that limits my options quite a bit, but I would like to get everyone's input.

Fixed, pull-down, drop down does not matter to me. I think I want a low-ish gain similar to what I have (I think currently 1:1)

Current projector is a BenQ HD w1070

Anyways, let me know what you all think!!

Thanks,
Paul
2 Channel
Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2

Comments

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,795
    edited September 25
    Have you thought about painted? No edge wrinkles. I have a friend who used a paint and it looks darn good.
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,851
    edited September 25
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Have you thought about painted? No edge wrinkles. I have a friend who used a paint and it looks darn good.

    I hadn't thought about that, but where I have my screen it is partially covering a blacked out window, so that wouldn't work.
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,795
    It was a thought
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,851
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    It was a thought

    And probably a much cheaper thought at that :)
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,543
    edited September 25
    http://www.carlofet.com/build-your-own-projector-screen

    I built my own with pretty good results several years ago. Mine wasn't nearly as nice as the one I linked, but as I said, it worked well.

    It should be noted that if I can build one, anybody can. I'm not what anyone would describe as handy. Handsy, maybe, but not handy.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,851
    PSOVLSK wrote: »
    http://www.carlofet.com/build-your-own-projector-screen

    I built my own with pretty good results several years ago. Mine wasn't nearly as nice as the one I linked, but as I said, it worked well.

    It should be noted that if I can build one, anybody can. I'm not what anyone would describe as handy. Handsy, maybe, but not handy.

    Thank you, sir. I'll check it out.
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 1,932
    Paul,

    I have the 92" version of this screen and have absolutely no complaints. It is very well made, easy to assemble and install, and looks like it should have cost a lot more. Only downside is it's at the limit of your budget...

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CYLOTPK/ref=twister_dp_update?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    When I was looking it was between Elite Screens and Silver Ticket. They both were darn near identical when I bought, and the price was almost exactly the same. IIRC, the reason I went for Elite Screens was because Silver Ticket were back ordered. So, here's another option that will be closer to the $200 'wish' budget:

    https://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-StarFrame-120-inch-Projector/dp/B01B53Q8M4/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1506456638&sr=1-12&keywords=120+fixed+frame+16:9

    I can't vouch for the Elite Screens version though, but reviews are very favorable for both.

    -Al
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,851
    @scubalab I looked at a few options on Amazon. Also looked at the DIY that @PSOVLSK recommended. Looked at the DIY quite a bit. Thank you both for the input.

    I love DIY projects and they are very rewarding, but right now with work and life, I ultimately decided to go with a kit route. Since I don't NEED a drop down screen, I feel like the quality vs value was with the wrap around tension kit, so I clicked BUY on the Elite 120" Fixed Frame.

    Very much looking forward to the extra 20 inches.

    :) :) :)
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,543
    Too lazy to look at the model I had, but I was very pleased with the Elite screen that replaced my DIY. I suspect you will be happy with your purchase. Congrats!
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • I built a 92x69 4:3 for my first pj around 15 years ago and still use the original blackout cloth on my 16:9 87x50 basically a 100 inch diagonal that I might have $50 total in the 2x4 frame hung permanently on my theater room wall. It is a 1:1 gain factor and serves me well. Here is a vendor that a 120 inch screen could easily be done without seams.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carls-Blackout-Cloth-DIY-Projector-Screen-Raw-Material-Fabric-66x110-inch-Ma-/202045249357?epid=710128596&hash=item2f0ad5d74d:g:AJYAAOSwK31ZrDXf
    HT Optoma HD25 LV on 80" DIY Screen, Anthem MRX 300 Receiver, Pioneer Elite BDP 51FD Polk CS350LS, Polk SDA1C, Polk FX300, Polk RT55, Dual EBS Adire Shiva 320watt tuned to 17hz, ICs-DIY Twisted Prs, Speaker-Raymond Cable

    2 Channel Thorens TD 318 Grado ZF1, SACD/CD Marantz 8260, Soundstream/Krell DAC1, Audio Mirror PP1, Odyssey Stratos, ADS L-1290, ICs-DIY Twisted , Speaker-Raymond Cable
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