My first screen was a Vutec 1.5 gain opaque screen, and with my Marquee 8000, I thought the picture looked great. Then I recently bought a Marquee 8500LC with 9" tubes (making it virtually a Marquee 9500LC), and at the same time I decided to go to a larger screen. I found a great deal on a 100" wide Draper M1300, but so far I am not very happy with the quality, and I wonder what I should do.
The screen is not opaque, like my old Vutec, and right now it is hanging in front of a stairway. I saw what I believe to be "hotspotting", but never having experienced it before, I am not sure. There is an area that is noticably brighter than the rest of the screen, and as I move around the room, the bright area seems to move. I thought I could improve things by hanging black velvet behind it (to try to make it opaque), but the problem remains. Here are my questions:
1. First of all, am I seeing "hotspotting", and is this common with Draper M1300 screens?
2. What can I do to fix it?
3. Can I paint the surface of the screen and/or the back in order to make it opaque?
4. Are the Vutec 1.5 gain screens known as being much better than the Drapers? A friend of mine had a Draper M1300, and he bought my Vutec. He says that his picture looks much better with the Vutec also.
5. If all this fails, what screen should I buy to do my Marquee 9" projector justice? Are the Stewarts that much better? Or should I buy another Vutec in the larger size?