Originally Posted by zheka
I looked more closely at the AT options and it turns out that there are some I can actually afford. I am buying Seymour Center stage XD fabric and will use my existing frame. For the screen of your size the cost of the material would probably be under $300. JFYI.
Cool, Zheka, Where did you find just the material? Any idea what the mounting hardware looks like?
I went the semi-DIY route on the screen and had to upgrade (Carada). I kept having wrinkles with the DIYish approach and it drove me crazy. Absolutely love the Carada. The screen material is semi-elastic so it is very tight against the frame. 0.00% wrinkles!!
Beyond cost (which you solved), my other concerns are light bleed, moire, and sound coloration. The light bleed is that the holes let light through (i.e., don't reflect) and will cut into the brightness. Since I've got a pretty big screen (126"), I want to maximize gain (carada is 1.4). Seymour claims a 1.2 gain, though. Moire also seems to be addressed with their smaller pattern. Last, sound can be address with EQ.
So you knocked down all of my concerns. Damn you.
Actually, I'll steal one of the images from Seymour's site and say that I've got plenty of DIY projects (this one, surround, sub, rack, hush box, etc.) to keep me busy.