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I will be getting a DLP projector(most likely the Sharp) for my HT project and was interested in the Firehawk screen based on the reviews on this forum. My AV guy tells me that the Firehawk is not available in microperf form according to his source at Stewart.

Can anybody here confirm this? If so, what would the recommendation be to get the best balance of audio and image quality ?

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The FireHawk is not available microperfed.

You can use a GreyHawk, if you have the lumens for it. Or, you could consider a more standard higher gain screen. Or, you can do what I did and contact Jason here at AVScience and have him work with Stewart to recommend an appropriate screen.

Good luck.

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I would be VERY surprised if the FireHawk is not available microperfed. Unlike other screen companies Stewart manufacturers their own screen material and has their own machine for doing the perforations. This means that they can perforate any of their materials. I would suggest that you contact Stewart for confirmation on whether the FireHawk is available with microperfs.
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FWIW, I too was told that Firehawk will NOT be available in microperf as yet (rumor has it Fall). Something regarding recently re-"pinning" the microperf machine and not wanting to dull them on the new material.

Was suggested the Ultramatte for Sharp 9000, 100" diag 16:9 screen. All 3 of my front speakers are behind the screen as currently designed. Might make masking more challenging so as not to block L/R speakers?

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I would be VERY surprised if the FireHawk is not available microperfed. Unlike other screen companies Stewart manufacturers their own screen material and has their own machine for doing the perforations. This means that they can perforate any of their materials. I would suggest that you contact Stewart for confirmation on whether the FireHawk is available with microperfs.
Prepare to be VERY surprised. When I make an unqualified statement, the odds of it being wrong are very, very low. :)

Adam's explanation is largely correct. And, it is not a foregone conclusion that a microperfed FireHawk will become available in the fall. If you check Stewart's website it says "N/A", not "Fall".

If you have the luxury of waiting through perhaps the end of the year, there's nothing wrong with waiting to see if a microperfed FireHawk becomes available. Otherwise, I'd consult your dealer and Stewart to find the best fit from today's available screens.

Good luck!

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I spoke with someone from Stewart Screens and was told Firehawk will not be perforated due to the machines used. Something about the screen material degrades when perforated and ruins the machinery.
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Wow that is strange. I stand corrected.
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Hey guys,

Appreciate the info. Since I really want micoperf, guess I need to decide on either the Grayhawk or the Studiotek. Any recs on either assuming a Sharp 9000 or perhaps the upcoming Dwin?
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What size of screen are you considering and do you have complete light control? For anything over about 100" diagonal, you would probably be better off with the Studiotek 130. If your screen size will be less than or equal to 100" diagonal, then the GrayHawk may be a better choice.
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Hey guys.

The Firehawk will not initially be available perfed. The problem lies in that the material actually has specs of metal in it, and that could potentially cause damage to the delicate perf machine. Don said that at the end of the life of the pins (about once a year) they will do some runs to see how they turn out. In the meantime, no microperf.

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Yes. I had a run-down on the machine used. Ouchie! a very expensive little toy!

Don:

I'm curious.. do you have that thing I spoke of in the works yet?

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Don said the FireHawk material has small specs of mica in it (you can see them actually).

The microperf machine uses very tiny male and female pins to perforate the screen. If one of these mica specs bends a pin, it instantly breaks one or both pins on either side.

The person who runs this machine is therefore very concerned about ruining that batch of very expensive pins.

So, no MicroPerf FireHawk...at least for now.

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