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Has anyone tried Magnum Screens? I am in the market for a new 16:9 screen. The screens from this company look nice, and the price is low. Does anyone know anything about the quality of these screens?
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After seeing your post I looked up this company and actually sent them an email. Below is the response that I received.

Good Morning Christopher,

Magnum Screens is, as the song goes, "Just another band out of Boston"
a small Home Theater Screen company in Orlando and Sarasota Fl.
2 years old this spring.
Main sales are 92" and 100" Cinema HD Series Screens ie:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...STRK:MESELX:IT

As you can see from the add we offer an economical alternative to over rated - over priced
fixed screen market ie:
BestBuy 100" fixed screen @ $899.00
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Projecta...&skuId=9438806

A 100" Cinema HD Series cost $129.00 and the actual average FedEx shipping is $60.00
(we take a loss on sales to the state of Washington)

The Cinema Series arrives "Factory Assembled" in huge wooden crate 91"x10"10"
you simply slide on and attach the 2 Black Velour side frame rails and the screen's
ready to hang on the wall.

The actual screen material substrate (base material) is an ultra thick 1/16" rigid plastic
with a micro textured (helps defuse ambient light) hardened viewing suface.
Picture an 8ft credit card rolled long wise into a shipping crate, the top and bottom
velour frame rails are factory attached. The screen is Super Tough and impact resistant,
even Wii controller Proof.

The Cinema HD Series has solid frame rails and can accomodate back lighting
(heavy duty rope light) add a dimmer control, it sets a nice indirect lighting mood
to the theater room. We offer that at $35.00 and it ships with the screen.

7 Day return policy, Full refund less shipping cost.

Phone # (386) 561-9550

Hope that helps, if I can be of any other help just let me know.
Thanks Jim

PS: What projector are you thinking of using with this screen?


Seems very enticing and their ebay score is at 100% (I dont' know if that means much) I may try it out.
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Two things scream potential issues:

1) One picks their screen, including size and material based on the projector and enviroment the combo will be mounted. The first thing a company would ask would be what projector (among other questions, but at least this) are you using, THEN here is the proper screen for your needs...instead of here is our screen and btw, what projector are you going to use with our screens?

2) All of the images in their ebay ad....are they products they produce? Or, are the images swiped from other sites and used to sell their screen? They have images of a curved scope screen....but no listing of offering a curved scope screen.

Does this company have a website? A google search didn't bring anything up. There are only two products listed on ebay.

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Here is the new email that i received.


Hi Christopher,

If your thinking about the Epson 8100 projector, don't walk - run to the store and buy it!
It is, hands down, the best projector available in the market under $2000
We picked one up for $1500 two weeks ago - The picture quality is stunning!
The Contrast Ratio is 36,000:1 which is the technical reason the picture is so good.

Stay with a white mat screen surface (ours or someone else) with that projector.
The grey material screens are only needed for low Contrast Ratio projectors to help improve
the black level, at a great cost to vivid whites and color accuracy.

The micro-textured surface on the Cinema HD Series helps with ambient light, but there is no
magic screen in the market, except The SI Black Diamond which is $2,600 for the 100" and
physics will always prevail, with it's brighter picture in well lite rooms something has to give, and
with the Diamond it's the viewing cone is greatly reduced.

The 100" Cinema HD Series is the largest size we are able to cost effectively ship with UPS and FedEx.

A couple tips if your new to Home Theater rooms

1) Darker flat paint including the ceiling if possible (the white ceiling will account for 70% of the reflective
light back onto your screen when using the projector.

2) Use HDMI cabling, monoprice.com has great cables at a great price.

3) Have fun and enjoy it!

If I can be of any other help, let me know.
Thanks Jim







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Orlando, Fl Office

www.magnumscreens.com
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Here is the new email that i received.


Hi Christopher,

If your thinking about the Epson 8100 projector, don't walk - run to the store and buy it!
It is, hands down, the best projector available in the market under $2000
We picked one up for $1500 two weeks ago - The picture quality is stunning!
The Contrast Ratio is 36,000:1 which is the technical reason the picture is so good.

Stay with a white mat screen surface (ours or someone else) with that projector.
The grey material screens are only needed for low Contrast Ratio projectors to help improve
the black level, at a great cost to vivid whites and color accuracy.

The micro-textured surface on the Cinema HD Series helps with ambient light, but there is no
magic screen in the market, except The SI Black Diamond which is $2,600 for the 100" and
physics will always prevail, with it's brighter picture in well lite rooms something has to give, and
with the Diamond it's the viewing cone is greatly reduced.

The 100" Cinema HD Series is the largest size we are able to cost effectively ship with UPS and FedEx.

A couple tips if your new to Home Theater rooms

1) Darker flat paint including the ceiling if possible (the white ceiling will account for 70% of the reflective
light back onto your screen when using the projector.

2) Use HDMI cabling, monoprice.com has great cables at a great price.

3) Have fun and enjoy it!

If I can be of any other help, let me know.
Thanks Jim







Jim

Orlando, Fl Office

www.magnumscreens.com

That email answers my concerns. The only thing that I would be a little concerned about is selling a 16x9 curved screen. The purpose of the curvature is to counter pincushion caused by the use of a anamorphic lens (which is used to create a scope aspect ratio). That combination seems to be counter productive.

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Old 03-09-2010, 06:55 PM - Thread Starter
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Christopher,
Thanks for doing some research on these screens.

So I have narrowed my choices down to 3.
Magnum Screen
Shoppingdeals (ebay)
Build my own

What do you guys think would be my best bet?
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Welcome. I am in the process of shopping around as well to find a screen to use with my Epson 8100 that is going in my family room. i have narrowed it down to:

118" Carada Brilliant white
125" Focupix Fixed Frame (don't know much about this screen are they really good)

If anyone knows of any other screen I should consider let me know.
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I just installed a Focopix Elextric pull down and I like it very much, I know your looking at fixed but so far my impression of Focopix and HTDEPOT (who I purchased from) is positive.
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Thanks for the response. How do you think the Focupix screen handles moderate ambient light. As my screen will go in the family room.
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I think it does well but thats also a function in major part to your Projectors output but I think it works fine in my room.
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Did anything ever come of this? I am in the market for a 100" fixed frame screen, and this one is unlike most screens out there, not to mention a lot cheaper.

Just bought an Epson 8350 and need a good screen to go with it. So... has anyone seen a Magnum screen or bought one?

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Also looking at the 100", I'm wondering if this is a WilsonArt laminate package up nicely with some wood borders......
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Also looking at the 100", I'm wondering if this is a WilsonArt laminate package up nicely with some wood borders......

That's what I was thinking also, or some product similar to it. The guy has great reviews on Ebay, and I'm liking the idea of having a hard screen, no ripples, and I'm planning on having kids in the near future, so this may be a better choice.

If no one else chimes in with any info on this, I may just go ahead and get one to try it, it doesn't cost that much. If I do, I'll post a review and screenshots, but it will be a few weeks, theater room isn't finished yet.
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Magnum looks very interesting. Not sure if they ship to Canada for me.

I'm wondering which one is their better screen material. Cinema HD with Magnum M2 or Cinema Pro, Theater Pro, Theater Pro Curve with Micro fine 4K? Are they all white or any silver?


What is their Ebay seller name? I can't find them.
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Here's a current auction of theirs...

http://cgi.ebay.com/100-16-9-FIXED-E...item41539ba181
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Ok thanks.

I have sent them an email with my questions. I'll post it here others to see.
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Many of the images Magnum uses are a direct rip off of Rubens images from SMX. For that reason alone I would not do business with that vendor. There was a thread discussing this a couple of weeks ago.

Adding insult to injury they actually use this image in their marketing material. It happens to be Ruben's personal theater he built in his garage.



Could you really trust this vendor?
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The screens from dkeitho on the bay look interesting but I'm wondering if it's just BOC on a wood frame????
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They probably don't have a marketing department... Its not an excuse but the screens are so inexpensive for what your getting compared to the competition. Thick screen material that you can actually wipe clean just like the best expensive ones out there. On top of that almost no assembling necessary.

Here is part of the response I received from them:

Yes, we ship to installers in Canada, send your postal code I will check and make sure
there is no conflict of interest, then I can offer you Preferred Installer Pricing.

Cinema HD Series is a wonderful screen with M2 Screen material, it a poly-vinyl like everyone
else, Stewart - Dalite - Elite - we just make it much thicker.

Your JVC RS40 should have the Micro-Fine 4K screen material, that we use for the Pro-Series
and Pro-Curve Series. It has an Epoxy-Resin substrate, the screen material actually stands up on
it's own, very hard and rigid.

Silver material primarily used for parabolic - compound curved screens - very hot spotting on flat
screens!

Let me know what your hoping to accomplish:
What exact size screen?
16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio? (Don't rule out 2.35 I just did it on a 130" curve with my modest Epson
8500 with 16:9 masking - It is absolutely gorgeous! and you have RS40!
What color are the walls and ceiling in the viewing room?
What are the dimensions of the viewing room include ceiling height?

Let me know I see what we can do to help.
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Many of the images Magnum uses are a direct rip off of Rubens images from SMX. For that reason alone I would not do business with that vendor. There was a thread discussing this a couple of weeks ago.

Adding insult to injury they actually use this image in their marketing material. It happens to be Ruben's personal theater he built in his garage.

Could you really trust this vendor?

Thanks for the info, I was not aware of this. After a little bit of digging, it looks like both companies are out of FL, could there be a link between the two companies somehow? Ex employee of SMX starting his own company, etc.

That being said, copying an image is not reason enough for me to pass on a product. Bad customer reviews and bad customer service is, and it looks like their previous sales have been good. I haven't purchased anything yet, but this screen is still in the running for me.
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So far they have answered all my questions in a timely matter with good consumer service. I have invited them to post here to answer some more questions and to clarify their marketing material issue.
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Could there be a link between the two companies somehow? Ex employee of SMX starting his own company, etc.

That being said, copying an image is not reason enough for me to pass on a product.


Ruben addressed this directly in another thread. There is no relationship between the two companies and he was doing what he could to get them to cease the use of his images.

To me it is evidence of a basic core value of dishonesty and an attempt at making a quick buck without putting in the effort to do it properly.
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I hope they'll participate on this forum. Meanwhile here's the response I received:

"Thanks very much for the link, I called Jim (manager) and we checked in with Danny,
our part time IT person (he's like a geek squad guy from BestBuy) Anyways, as it looks
some of the suppose to be generic photos in the curve screen ad are not generic. They
are photos from SMX, a very good screen company in Tampa Fl. We are not SMX!!
We're just a small little humble Home Theater company here in Orlando Fl.

So I'm sure while Danny is walking the plank, never to IT here again, we will get the Ads
revised and cameras out for real photos!

The frame on the Theater Pro-Curve with the rigid Micro-Fine 4K screen surface is a kiln dried
solid wood covered in black velour material.
The frame on the Elite Lunette Curve we offer is an aluminum frame rail assembly that has the
typical stretch poly-vinyl material. "
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You could not make the screen for any less than what these folks are selling it for .. especially considering time, gas money, material .. not to mention you get a huge wooden crate, according to the email copy posted, which could then be re-purposed into something .. my how prices have fallen since I bought my 110" Carada four years ago ..

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Well, I just bought the 100" Cinema HD "M2" screen. I'll post my experiences after I receive/install it.
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Just a quick update, haven't received my screen yet, but it's on the way. I did notice their website has taken down all of the pics that were from SMX.

I have installed the projector and the associated wiring, I should be nearly done with my media room by end of the weekend, and I think the screen should be here by then as well so I can give a review.
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I did notice their website has taken down all of the pics that were from SMX.

Good for them. I look forward to your review of their product as it may offer a low cost solution to many,

Update, they still are using Rubens theater in some of their EBay listings, hopefully they will edit those as well.

http://cgi.ebay.com/152-2-35-1-16-9-...item4153bf4785
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An update, got my screen and installed it last night. Not quite ready for a review just yet, but I'll just say that I think it was money well spent.
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Sounds good. Meanwhile can you get us some close up picks and feel of the material itself?

I'm still on the fence between their 2.35:1 Theater Pro-Curve with Micro-Fine 4K screen material and Dynamic Ultra-White Mat 1.24 Gain viewing surface. Or their 16:9 Cinema Pro-Series Screen with M2 material 1.1 gain like yours.

I have an RS40 on order and it does have zooming but no memory features...
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