I've purchased my screen, but I'm leaving the rest of my post here for any who are interested. I'll be going from a 80" diagonal 1.4 gain screen (which is plenty
bright on my old Z3 with an old lamp eco mode) to 0.8 gain screen grey screen, which should be a great match for the TW4000/AE3000 (whichever I get) and the off-white walls and ceiling of the projector room..
I'll run through the basics of what I want, and what company "A" and company "B" offer. The more perspective and advice I can get, the better equipped I'll be to make a decision.
First, I'm ordering a customized version of a 100" 16x9 electric screen. Here is what each company's electric screen looks like before hand:
Obviously company B has a bigger matte around the screen and longer screen, which is good for me. Company B is less, but not enough that it would make me choose based on price.
Company A and B will both customize the screen to make the screen height 996cm (80" inch normal height), which is what I want. (80" for 16x9, 100" for widescreen movies) Company A will either chop the screen off at the bottom (just a black weight bar, but will do for free) or will charge me for custom extensions of the top or top and bottom. Based on their pricing, the cheapest option is to effectively chop the screen off up top and pay to add 700mm of extension. (+$150) Company B will customize for free, and while black matte size stays the same, the change of height in the screen means the new height is shorter:
Again, here Company B seems to have the clear advantage. But how important is 1" vs. 2" black borders?
Both company's screens are IR remote only, and seem very similar in design and size. (Company A's is slightly smaller, but both should just barely fit in my 2.5m wide room.)
The major differences I need help with are the samples I received.Thickness:
Company A feels quite thin and light, Company B feels heavy and almost twice as thick. A seems to be around 0.25mm, while B seems around 0.45mm. Is a thick screen more likely or less likely to get waves or problems over it's life than a thin screen?
Company A is somewhat smooth, but Company B has a very clear stitch, even clearly visable from the front when I hold a sample at an arm's length. Is a thick screen texture going to be problematic from 10 feet away? Is it too much texture to take advantage a of 1080p picture?
(at 80" or 100"?)Company A: (6:1 macro and 3:1 macro)
Company B: (6:1 macro and 3:1 macro)Screens:
Both companies have a white and grey screen. I was very unimpressed with Company B's grey screen, as whites looked grey, but the other three screens samples handled blacks, whites and details pretty well. That said, Company A's screens feel almost powdery and smooth, while Company's B screens still have the texture issues and feel almost plasticy.Company B's screens, which are thicker and have more texture, have a bit of a shine to them. They almost seem to sparkle a tiny amount when getting a lot of light from a projector, or that is to say, tiny points of light will show up based on the shine/texture.
(Photos of all screens are below, as to keep this less cluttered)
Company A's screen, by default, mounts to a ceiling, but has a wall mount option for a very reasonable amount, that would put two sets of holes in our wall:
Company B's screen is designed for mounting on a wall or ceiling, but involves four plates, which means more sets of holes in the wall. Personally I think Company A's mounting system is less fuss, and less holes. (Which is surprisingly important for my wife.)
My gut feeling is that Company A's screen is nicer, as long as there's not problem with the relative (lack of) thickness, or something else I've over looked, but I hate the idea of being told they'll customize it for free, but that either means chopping off the bottom or paying an extra 20-25% to add the black matte fabric I need when the other company's customization is free with no string attached and fits my measurements.
Everything in bold blue is where I specifically don't know if something's a problem or an issue or not, and while I'd like as much guidance and help as possible, that's where I really need it.
(Please note, I am in Japan, so I have very limited options. Shipping an electric screen from overseas is not a viable option, and other 100" models available in my price range do not fit the width of my room.)