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post #1 of 26 Old 10-15-2009, 04:07 PM - Thread Starter
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I am getting close to pulling the trigger on a Jamestown Home Theater Screen, but I want to make sure and see if anyone has anything negative to say about the purchase. Here are the positive and negatives as I see them; please add and comment on any of these. This is a major purchase (my wife won't allow too many of these screen purchases) and I want to make sure I have made a good decision.
Positives:
1) Price ($229 for 120" screen)
2) 3.5 inch velvet bezel
3) Screen tension adjustable
4) 100% feedback rating on ebay
5) Seems to be well made (cabinet maker wood, professional velvet work)
6) Can custom make a certain size
7) 60 day return policy
8) Could upgrade screen later (Stewart or Seymour AV - right?)

Negatives
1) Wood design (Big deal compared to aluminum? - Center support on Jamestown screen)
2) DIY design (Negative?)
3) Quality of screen questionable; but with 1.2 gain
4) No "black" backing found on other screens

Basically, I like the frame look (3.5 inch frame) and can request a 123" custom size. The price is obviously great and can spend the rest of the money on a projector. Am I missing something? Why should I NOT go with this screen?
Thanks for any input.
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Don't have any personal experience with their products. I will say, their website is terribly, terribly amateur. Sorry, first impressions are important. I don't think I would ever do business with them for this reason alone.

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Don't have any personal experience with their products. I will say, their website is terribly, terribly amateur. Sorry, first impressions are important. I don't think I would ever do business with them for this reason alone.

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The guy is a cabinet maker not a computer graphics person. Building a projector screen is not rocket science. If making it out of wood all you need is good straight kiln dried hard wood and a system to tension the material. From what I have read, he has that.
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I'm giving serious thought to this option myself, at a minumum it should do a good job holding me over until I decide what my longer term plans are.
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I have used these screens on 3 installs and they are definitely NICE!!! The owner is very honest and a craftsman. Fit and finish is excellent. He lives around 25~30 miles from me and has always went out of his way to make whatever changes I have needed in screen size...2:35 to 1 etc. They are my own personal House brand ;-] for any installs I do for friends or family
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MJG100 , met you at the Sub get together at Nashville, still thinking of building a Shiva ;-]

Center bar was only a pain on a sound permeable screen
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hardvark - i'm thinking about ordering one without the material to use with come AT screen material. Do you have pictures of or can you describe the "inner frame" and the tensioning method? Can you move the center bar to another location? I'd get a 128" wide 2.35:1 so would probably want to center supports, one between the center and each front speaker.

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MJG100 , met you at the Sub get together at Nashville, still thinking of building a Shiva ;-]

Center bar was only a pain on a sound permeable screen

Sorry for the thread jack.
I remember you. How are you doing. I have made a few changes in my system since I saw you. I am now using an AT screen, Center Stage XD fabric placed in an Elunevision frame. I also now have an adjustable horizontal masking system. Love having the voices come from the screen and the masking makes movies so much more immersive.

Still using my Shiva. Did you know that Kevin is closing out the Shiva-X for the second generation Shiva? The first generation is selling for $149 and is a great deal. The second generation will be able to fit is a smaller box. Any changes to your system?

As far as center support. He can make it with it offset or with two center supports. I am sure that this will be an additional cost, but I doubt that it is much.
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If I was you I would buy a sheet of wilsonart laminate in designer white, buy 3 strips of
1x4 pine wood, 3 yards of velvet material, a can of 3m spray adhesive, and build my own for less then 100 bucks.

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If I was you I would buy a sheet of wilsonart laminate in designer white, buy 3 strips of
1x4 pine wood, 3 yards of velvet material, a can of 3m spray adhesive, and build my own for less then 100 bucks.

If your budget is real tight that is fine, but having the chance to get a large AT screen for 1/3 to 1/4 the price of a factory screen makes it a no contest as far as I am concerned. You used to be able to get SMX fabric, but it is no longer available to the DIY'er. You just have to make sure that the image will be bright enough for you and that is pretty easy to check. Read a review and get the calibrated lumens, divide by square footage of the screen and multiply that by the gain of the screen.
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I have a corner section he made me to show construction and velvet covering to a couple of people I designed a system for ,I'll try and find it and post a couple of pic's
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Any updates? I am looking at this screen too.
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OK, I think I'm finally ready to move on a screen with it coming down to an Elite Cinema235 or a custom built Jamestown.

I can get what I would consider a good deal on the Elite or a great deal (roughly a couple of bills less) for the Jamestown.

Unfortunately there really is not a lot of feedback on the Jamestown or I would have probably already jumped on it.

Any comments, suggestions, etc. Cost is not a huge issue, other than the fact that I am a cheap b@$t@rd.

Projector is an RS2.

Steve*MH, if you are still around, did you end up going with the Jamestown and if so what do you think of it?
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JosephF,

What's you budget? there are other options out there.

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I guess I would say my budget is less than $500 shipped for a 2.35 screen somewhere in the 105-115" wide range. Although I would prefer to be under $400.
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I guess I would say my budget is less than $500 shipped for a 2.35 screen somewhere in the 105-115" wide range. Although I would prefer to be under $400.

You may want to take a look at Focupix screens from HT Depot. The ones I have seen were well make using velvet covered aluminum frames. Here are a couple of their 1:2.35 fixed frame models that sell for under $500 with free shipping:

120 inch (114 inch viewable diagonal)

130 inch (125 inch viewable diagonal)

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Just ordered a white Jamestown screen 130" for $335 with shipping. How bad can it be? My wife won't let me paint the wall the way I like so this is Plan B. We'll soon see. . .
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The screen is up. Installation is a two man job, but man the picture ROCKS!
Complete no brainer at this price. I will put it against screens costing ten times as much and I will win.

So glad I finally moved off the wall.

Now I need a new projector.
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Anyone else have any experience with the Jamestown screens? I'm stuck deciding between a Vapex screen, or the Jamestown. And at almost $150 difference I'm wondering what the difference could really be?

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EyeintheSky I'm looking at the jamestown 130 inch how is the brightness and image quality now that you've had it awhile.
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I am looking at the same screen that you bought. How is it holding up? Any issues, comments etc etc??????????????

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The screen is up. Installation is a two man job, but man the picture ROCKS!

Complete no brainer at this price. I will put it against screens costing ten times as much and I will win.


So glad I finally moved off the wall.


Now I need a new projector.

Still learning this format....Sorry....How is the screen holding up for you? I'm looking to purchase same
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I'm also curious as to the longevity of these screens. How well do they hold up? What is the construction like? What type of fabric do they use? Does it reflect 100% of the light?
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Not sure what you mean by longevity as its not likely to wear out. The frame is made of plywood with a square aluminum tube screwed to the back that pinches the screen material between it and the wood. The long piece of the frame is split in two pieces and bolted together this is the weakest point and some people have complained about it sagging in the middle especially for larger screens. Its fairly well built but I sure I could have done better my self if I had the time. The cinewhite material is a heavy vinyl that has very little stretch and is 1.2 gain, I would say very good quality. If you move it around a lot I would say it would not hold up well but once mounted it should last forever if not physically damaged by unforeseen forces. Check out the other Jamestown forum and there are pictures and many discussions on it.

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