DIY Granddad (w/help)
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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As stated in my quote above,
"As for the audio characteristics, it's been proven to be better than many extremely expensive AT materials, and if the color/shade of the Spandex is well matched to the PJ and the environment, it's reflective performance can be "as good as" or even "better than" even the high gain Mfg AT materials that cost literally several hundreds of dollars."
This of course isn't good news for those who Mfg / sell AT material. But what has driven many such Mfg to use specific materials that cannot be easily obtained by the rank-and-file DIY'er is the desire to keep such away from such easy acquisition. This can ....and has backfired on them, leastwise to the degree of losing the true DIY'ers business. Obviously if any suitable material can easily be found elsewhere...for quite a bit less....where is the motive to pay more?
Simply put....there are always those who just plain do not want to bother with anything but a quick link to a location to order, be it a complete AT Screen or the Mfg. AT Screen Material for some degree of DIY construction.
That is the market they cater to, and as you might know, even the less expensive AT Screen Mfgs. still make quite a bit. They could see the market expanding, and that's why the less expensive AT Material Mfg have pushed to make their offerings become more widely known as well.
It's not that Spandex is a new application, it's just that as Dedicated Theater A/V plows onward and acquires a more effusive following, there is / has been a big increase in those wanting to hide the R & L & Center speakers....especially the Center, and allow the latter to be optimally positioned in the Center of the Screen. We know we have provided a excellent alternative, one that by nature has far less restrictiveness acoustically and yet provides substantial levels of Gain and reflectivity without the unfortunate texture or Morie issues that woven or perforated Vinyl materials present.
Testimonials abound on this Thread and other related Threads. I don't think there is much as far as published Tests, simply because it's usually the people who make such materials / Screens to sell, and those who buy them and wind up spending more...a lot more, who conduct such tests to .....
A. Justify the price the charged for such Screens / materials because they inherently know that such Customers want something the majority does not / cannot embrace. That makes it a "Specialty Demand" product.
B. Buyers do their own tests for their own personal justification as far as to what expense they had to go to to get what they wanted.
It's a self-feeding circle that has been going on for quite a while. DIY Screen making, when truly kept to a point where NO Mfg Screen materials are used, be it for AT or Conventional use, allows for such a drastic reduction in costs that it makes the Home Theater concept more feasible for a great many more people than would otherwise consider such expense. That is / has been our goal on this Forum for years, and I can see no immediate end in sight due to the ever increasing need out there.
So do some extra research, and make a wise decision based on what you learn, ascertain, and can apply to your own circumstance.