I have just recently upgraded from a Draper to a Stewart screen and the difference in the price is WELL worth it. The Studiotech 1.3 gain maerial is terrific and provides near perfect white field uniformity across the entire screen.
To start with, when I received my screen you automatically see quality workmanship in the packaging of the screen. I know this seems trivial, but I have never seen such care and protective measurements used in shipping a product before. Then, after opening the package you will find that the screen's frame is very solid and sturdy. I opted for the Ve-Lux frame option which is a black velevet material covering all of the frame's exposed parts which makes a dramatic difference. The Ve-Lux fabric creates a razor-sharp edge against the screen and any overscan or light spill (from digital projectors) is completely hidden.
The screen material snaps to the back of all Stewart screens for a classy shadow box look. And the screen material as mentioned above is wonderful. BTW, the screen comes rolled on a core and sealed in a bag, and then further protected sealed inside another external tube. Nice!!!!
I took a look at Da-Lite and another Draper, but when I saw the Stewart screen in my local dealer's showroom it became a no-brainer. All the words I could type here won't give you the satisfaction of actually seeing a Stewart screen. My best advice would be to go see a Stewart screen for yourself, if you don't have one to demo in your area, call Stewart to see if you can get a sample swatch of their screen material.
Needless to say, I am impressed with my Stewart screen. The best thing about the screen is when you watch a movie, the screen disappears...that is a sign of a fantastic screen.
------------------DManThe Academy Home Theater
[This message has been edited by DMan (edited 02-28-2001).]