I just installed a Barco Cine 7 today. I was going to get a Stewart Studiotek 130 100" diagonal 4:3 screen (I would go for 16:9 but they don't have it here in Korea!), but the Stewart dealer had trouble getting it to me today. Since the Cine 7 installers were waiting for the screen to arrive but the Stewart dealer could not deliver, I ended up getting a Da-Lite Whitematt 1.3 gain manual screen with same size.
Give the price difference, I was very suprised with the Da-Lite quality! I am quite happy with the picture this screen is able to put on at 1/20 the price of the Stewart screen in Korea. I paid $180 for the manual Da-Lite while I was going to buy the Stewart Luxus100VST130 for $4000 (electric version). I am now considering keeping the Da-Lite and not buying the Stewart given the price-performance trade-off. Da-Lite is nothing to look at but seems to work. I don't know how great a picture Stewart would deliver but I am hesitant now to getit?
Can some one give me an advice on this decision based on experience? What am I paying for exactly over the Da-Lite if I get a Stewart? Also, is $4000 a reasonable price range for this screen to get overseas? I asked AVS to ship one over but they can't sell overseas any more. I seem to be running out of luck for a Stewart screen. Should I continue to make the effort and pay to get this one. Why? Please help!