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Old 02-11-2016, 09:35 AM - Thread Starter
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What are the issues with AT Screens that I need to be aware of?

I've got an Epson 5030UB that I'm planning to put in a dedicated HT room with full light control. I'm thinking of going with an AT screen so that I can mount the center speaker behind the screen for more accurate voice positioning.

My question is, what issues to I need to be aware of before committing to doing an AT Screen?

Also, are there any good recommendations for which screen I should use?
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I've got an Epson 5030UB that I'm planning to put in a dedicated HT room with full light control. I'm thinking of going with an AT screen so that I can mount the center speaker behind the screen for more accurate voice positioning.

My question is, what issues to I need to be aware of before committing to doing an AT Screen?

Also, are there any good recommendations for which screen I should use?
Biggest issues I hear are that you can see the weave. You can avoid moire with weave by cutting the screen material at an angle. If you're thinking of motorized, make sure it's tab tensioned (but you're looking at a few grand)

I built my own fixed 140-inch scope screen with 1x3 oak and 2 layers of Spandex (Silver and White). Cost me $240 and looks stunning with my JVC RS400

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Positives to going with AT screen:

You can put your speakers behind the screen and IF you sent them up correctly can get a big benefit in sound quality.

Negatives to going with At screen:

The picture quality is usually a tiny bit worse. Depending on the material used by the manufacturer.

At screens are almost always considerably more expensive then the same size non AT screen from the same manufacturer. From what I priced out usually 2x the price or more. THat's a lot of extra change to put a center channel behind.

You usually have less options in the AT screen. Many manufacturers only make them for their fixed screens and/or higher end models.
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Whenever a screen lets some amount of light go through it you are losing a certain amount of picture detail, so AT screens are not as crisp as non-AT screens. How noticeable it is depends on the material and the seating distance.The advantage is audio especially with larger screens. Great acoustics start with location, location, location. Location of speakers/subs, seating and acoustic treatment. Using an AT screen allows ideal placement instead of having speakers near floors, ceilings or corners. In general the audio benefit is much bigger than the picture quality tradeoff,
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Also an AT screen allows you to place absorption behind the screen to help with sound reflections. A solid screen is a big sound reflector. As always, it is pick your poison. AT for better sound or solid for slightly better video. If DIY, have you seen the new DreamScreen fabric?
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Also an AT screen allows you to place absorption behind the screen to help with sound reflections. A solid screen is a big sound reflector. As always, it is pick your poison. AT for better sound or solid for slightly better video. If DIY, have you seen the new DreamScreen fabric?
New AT screen material from AV Science

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Another plus with AT screens: Since the speakers are hidden, you can deploy some of the more industrial-looking speakers that tend to have a lot of bang/buck.

It is generally not that difficult to make your own AT screen (even less so if your Better Half is game to help). The less expensive ones use flat white milliskin Spandex. These screens look good from any distance (i.e., no visible weave), but they have relatively low gain and so are more appropriate for smaller sizes (120" diagonal or less).

For larger screens and/or longer viewing distances (>10 feet), you can obtain some of the open-weave material like Seymour Center Stage (they also offer assembled AT products). Another, less expensive material similar to that used in the Falcon AT products is Phifer Sheerweave 4500 and the newer 4600 (found here).

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