Amateur musician and bored nerd soliciting your sageness. I dove in head first here in my small apartment with 11.1 and now that the projector and screen are temporarily installed, I have some issues, of course.
I just started looking into this setup a couple years ago. Until then my DIY experience was mainly limited to component-level troubleshooting (I is enganeer of course). Besides a couple of very simple systems I installed for family and friends, my home theater experience is limited to what I have done here in my apartment.
My front towers are blocking the wall. I bought a used Elite Screens Spectrum AT Electric100H-A1080P2 and found it has a severe moire problem with the BenQ HT1075. Acoustically the transparency seems fine.
Not really surprised based on my prior reading but the moire is worse than I imagined. At least the curls and waves are not too bad yet. Maybe it will work out for a year or two before it self-destructs.
It works well enough for now but I would like to be rid of the streaky lines someday (without being rid of the projector too).
I did some reading and discovered the Spandex threads.
Little nerd wheels start grinding away inside wondering if there is a good solution to this problem.
Can I put a layer of Spandex and some tensioners on this screen? Can I replace the screen material entirely with something that has no moire? This place is an experimental home theater so I am willing to remove and remount the guts of the screen roller and motor assembly on a board to make room for larger diameter when rolled up.
I might even be willing to start fresh with a piece of pipe and a hand crank, if I can save $$$ off the price of a high grade screen and get similar results. Can I?
My manual skills are OK but my strength is not so good. Any DIY will need to be done with minimal hand tools and maybe an electric saw and definitely not requiring any precision beyond what average person can accomplish without a workshop.
Should I just build a fixed screen on the wall? Buy a better retractable AT screen? What will it cost me?
Issues with fixed screen are that the screen increases from 100" in front of the speakers to 130" on the wall and the LCD has to go somewhere else (but where?). Since the stove is only about 10' away from the edge of the screen and I keep the windows open for half the year, dust and grease are also an issue. Whatever screen I have in here either has to retract or be washable.
I am mounting the projector on the ceiling so that the top of the screen will be similar height regardless of whether it ends up in front of the towers or on the wall.
I have a dark bedspread on the front wall temporarily. Some day I hope to put absorber panels in (probably DIY) so regardless of screen type it should be AT or part of a sealed absorber. Not interested in making the rear wall the 'dead wall'. Want the 'dead wall' to coincide with the screen that will be there plus the sectional sofa already blocks a third of the rear wall anyway.
That is, unless someone convinces me otherwise. Right now I am fairly exhausted from this build. I spent 2 years shopping for used equipment to make this system happen. So far, I am pleased with just about everything except the moire.
Your opinions? Thx.