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post #1 of 8 Old 12-27-2001, 02:59 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm putting together a HT for my brother with a very tight budget. I decided to go with InFocus LT-500 (USD 2,950). The audio part of the system will be composed of a Outlaw Receiver (USD 399) and Swans Divas 5 speakers system (USD 1,500). Now I need to decide which screen to go with InFocus. Here are its specs: DLP, SVGA (800x600), 2000 lumens, 400:1 contrast.

What are your suggestions for a low cost screen to go with InFocus?
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What are your suggestions for a low cost screen to go with InFocus?
A general rule of thumb for a DLP is a 1.3 gain screen. You didn't specify ratio, masking systems, or fixed frame vs pulldown. For an 80 inch Da-Lite pulldown you're probably looking at $200-$300 and for a fixed screen (16x9 or 4x3) without a masking system, closer to $500.

My suggestion is to visit the websites of Da-Lite, Draper, and Stewart and request screen samples, then hang them on the wall and see what you like best.

Or, of course, you could just hang a sheet on the wall if you're really cheap. :D

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If you want a cheap fixed screen, you can build one yourself for less than $50.

I got the idea from this forum (a guy called JP), so you can do a search for 'blackout' cloth, and see what turns up.

I made an 84" x 47.25" frame from 70mm x 18mm wood, using screws and glue to fix the frame together, then stretched and stapled blackout clothe over it. the gain is about 1 to 1.3 judging from various people on this forum, so should be fine for you.

My pj is a DLP Davis DLS8 and I'm very happy with the picture quality. There are some pics of the screen and frame on my homepage if you're interested.

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The main reason (besides the price) why I chose LT-150 was its high lumens (2000), because the room will not be light controlled (with windows and glass doors everywere). In such conditions, is the 1.3 gain adequate? Won't I be losing contrast with such gain?


I guess a fixed screen will do fine.
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The LT150 is rated at 800 ANSI lumens, not 2000!

With your room not being light controlled, you may want to consider a Da-Lite high power (2.8 gain!) screen.
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Sorry, I forgot your original message specified InFocus.. you prolly meant the LP500.

Please disregard my recommendation of the high power screen.
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My mistake!!!! The projector is the Lp-500. What screen should I choose for this projector in a non-controlled light room (very bright)?
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Actually the rule of thumb for DLP is a gain of 1.0 or less. You'll find the screen will reflect some of that ambient light, and more so with higher gains.
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