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utee05 07-11-2013 08:29 AM

Hi All,
I am looking at a motorized tab-tensioned screen for my bonus room. As my seating area is 13.5' from the screen I am looking to get a 106" screen. I originally wanted to go for a 120" screen but after looking at some of the distance calculators this may be a bit much for my room. Ceiling is 9' and room width is 15'

The screens that I have looked at are the Elite Cinetension2, Monoprice, and Visual Apex.

The screen will be coming down in front of windows that are covered with blinds and curtains.

Here is an image of the wall where the screen will go.

Another view of the wall/ceiling area:

Overall layout of current room but will be rotated 90 degrees to face the window.

utee05 07-14-2013 06:26 AM

Are any one of these screens better than the other? Is there another brand I have not looked at?

Brian B 07-14-2013 10:53 AM

Do you want to hang the case or are you planning on recessing it?


utee05 07-15-2013 06:48 PM

I will be hanging the case. If I need to cover it I will make a border around it so it will not be visible but initially I will be hanging it.

utee05 07-17-2013 10:10 AM

Does the somfy motor in the monoprice screen make a difference? What advantage does that type of motor provide?

Steve Kinkead 07-17-2013 11:12 AM

Somfy motors are used extensively in motorized patio and window awnings. The motors are reputed to be reliable and rugged which is why Monoprice makes a point of mentioning them in the product description.

utee05 07-17-2013 11:53 AM

Ok thanks for the info. Looks like all of these screens come out roughly to same price after taxes and shipping. Is there any benefit of one over the other as far as quality? I know the cinetesion has 6" of black while the visual apex has 4" of black. I think the monoprice has 18" so this gives the most flexibility.

Steve Kinkead 07-17-2013 01:35 PM

I'm researching motorized screens also. So far, I'm leaning toward monoprice. The customer reviews on their website are all positive, with no complaints of wrinkles or defects. I have a 10 ft ceiling, so the 18" drop on the 120" screen fits perfectly in my room.

I'm surprised that other manufacturers have only 4" or 6" of black drop at the top. It restricts the mounting height for rooms with high ceilings.

utee05 07-17-2013 01:54 PM

I agree though the 6" drop would work for me as I may not be mounting at the 9' mark in my ceiling as there is a slope on that part of the wall.

BTW, SK what is your viewing distance at? Originally I was going to get a 120" screen but I think sitting at 13' is a bit too close for that screen size.

Steve Kinkead 07-17-2013 03:27 PM

Ill be sitting 12ft from the screen. THX has a formula to calculate the maximum screen size: view distance x 0.84 = max screen size

For your room: (13 ft x 12 in/ft) x 0.84 = 131 in
I'm planning to make a temporary screen from a couple of bedsheets to see if 120" is overwhelming.

Don’T Go Too Big For Your Room
The idea of having 120-inch display may seem like a good idea, but if you buy one that’s too big, it could compromise your entertainment experience. Choosing the appropriate size display comes down to how far away you are sitting from the screen. If you buy a massive display and sit three feet away, you’re going to be staring at pixels and lines. 

To determine the best seat-to-screen distance in your living room for a 1080p display, THX recommends dividing the diagonal screen by .84. For example, a plasma or LCD TV with a 65-inch screen divided by .84 equals a 77-inch viewing distance (6.5 feet).

utee05 07-17-2013 03:41 PM

Actually my room size is much bigger though the only primary seating area will be around 13' from the screen. I'll probably go the same route and make a temp screen to see how it will look. I think that was the same calculator that I had looked at that had steered me towards a 120" screen but I think the SMTE calculator drew me back to a 106" screen. For now I'll re-arrange the room and narrow down my choice between the HD25 and the 1070. Looks like I have some work to do over the weekend.

utee05 07-20-2013 09:00 AM

I have decided to get a 1070 instead of an HD25. I have placed my order and then I'll figure out if a 106" or 120" screen would work. I'll hang a bed sheet temporarily to see how things will look.
I will probably go with the monoprice unless a deal pops up on the cinetension2 screens.

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