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Why not one of these cheap Amazon screens?

So I need an 100" screen, these amazon screens are cheap and reviews are good, not familiar with the tech behind these or higher end screens but just interested in hearing the pros and cons for these?

My theater room isn't high end, basically HT on a budget so trying to keep the screen cost down..


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Well, an imperfect screen surface with lines, artifacts, and a non uniform surface is one reason they are less desirable, if you care about a good image. Otherwise, buy one and report back.

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I'm on a budget but can spend more then this, any recommendations on 100" for around $150-200?


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many chinese firms have knocked off all usa tech and other countries...but nobody can admit or deny umless one buys the chinese product....just know imo, 90% of everything china does is stolen tech...but that does not mean it not same quality...so go buy one...its hit or miss and customer service is usually not there.

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They're Prime , so you have a return window if you aren't happy . Give one a shot , I would recommend the manual pull down 16:9 out of the ones you listed unless you only watch 4:3 content , the other 16:9 might ship to you folded up , which would most likely leave lines on it that would mess with your image. You will never know if it's 100 x worse than a Stewart , if you are happy with the image then you are , well , happy .

Another option is to haunt your local Craigslist , you might luck out and find a great price on a name brand screen . I found my SI 120" fixed for $100 in perfect shape , silly fool got him a girlfriend who didn't like the idea of something that big in their place when they moved in together .

It was like that when I got here
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What about this one?


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What about this one?


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+1 on Elite.
We have one and there CS helped resolve an initial problem. Really Nice screen material. Build quality is not up to the same standards as Stewart or DaLite, but the screen fabric itself is top notch.
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I may just go with this one


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Its not all stolen tech, thats stereoptyping. The fact is a lot of electronics sold in the West are overpriced. Look at phones in the Asian market, you have many models with features better than or comparable for 1/2 the price. Do you think phones like OnePlus, Huawei, Xaimoi etc are inferior? Most electronics are made in China anyway.
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Its not all stolen tech, thats stereoptyping. The fact is a lot of electronics sold in the West are overpriced. Look at phones in the Asian market, you have many models with features better than or comparable for 1/2 the price. Do you think phones like OnePlus, Huawei, Xaimoi etc are inferior? Most electronics are made in China anyway.
ok its not all stolen tech...on a side note research what chinese tech has done last 20 years...on another sidenote...buy away. I support americans buying chinese goods as long as they know what the warranty is.

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i think when i was in china 25 yrs ago they had buffalo an cart...now they tech leading country...ok all they learned in 25 yrs....fools

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I have no complaints with my 106" 16:9 Elite screen.
Here's a pic with my Benq ht2050.
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I have no complaints with my 106" 16:9 Elite screen.
Here's a pic with my Benq ht2050.


Is that a pull down? I have a 2050 also..


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Is that a pull down? I have a 2050 also..


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Yea, forgot to mention that. Got my Sony x900e 65" for everyday viewing behind it.
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Its not all stolen tech, thats stereoptyping. ...
The law in China is that any foreign company wishing to do business there must partner with a Chinese company and share technology, so a lot of tech has been willingly surrendered in exchange for having access to the world's biggest single consumer market. It's also well known in the cyber security world that China is home to a robust hacking community that steals any tech not willingly shared. That combination jump-started what was essentially a peasant economy into a global economic power in a remarkably short time. Of course after using this strategy to catch up with the rest of the world they now have the capabilities to produce technological advances of their own.
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Does the screen need to be a pull-down/retractable for your hometheater or would a fixed-frame style screen be an option?
Fixed-frame screens stay smoother/flatter for much longer, and 100" for $200 or less wouldn't be a problem. SilverTicket and Elite are popular for fixed-frame as well as pull-down.

Easy $25 DIY black (or any color) ALR paint +$40-$50sprayer screen mix smooth/clean and very easy to learn spraying with little/no mess.
Simple $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
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The law in China is that any foreign company wishing to do business there must partner with a Chinese company and share technology, so a lot of tech has been willingly surrendered in exchange for having access to the world's biggest single consumer market. It's also well known in the cyber security world that China is home to a robust hacking community that steals any tech not willingly shared. That combination jump-started what was essentially a peasant economy into a global economic power in a remarkably short time. Of course after using this strategy to catch up with the rest of the world they now have the capabilities to produce technological advances of their own.
i think that is clueless. but if anyone likes china products...go buy em...american way.

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50 bucks & free shipping

100" 16:9 electric remote controlled

it's what I have and everybody who see's it is very impressed at how awesome the picture looks

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-16-9-Hom...MAAOSw-3FZCXw5





Only disadvantage this has is that the control is RF so you can't use a harmony (IR) to control it

I use a broadlink rm pro (handles RF) and the phone app to control everything

You can buy the control boxes that run theses screens for like 10 bucks and replace it with an IR model if use with a harmony is a big deal. It may or may not require soldering depending on if the inside of the box has screw terminals.
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The law in China is that any foreign company wishing to do business there must partner with a Chinese company and share technology, so a lot of tech has been willingly surrendered in exchange for having access to the world's biggest single consumer market. It's also well known in the cyber security world that China is home to a robust hacking community that steals any tech not willingly shared. That combination jump-started what was essentially a peasant economy into a global economic power in a remarkably short time. Of course after using this strategy to catch up with the rest of the world they now have the capabilities to produce technological advances of their own.
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i think that is clueless. but if anyone likes china products...go buy em...american way.
I'm not sure what you mean by "clueless", but @Dave in Green is spot on and it goes beyond partnering. Typically, the Chinese government takes 50% plus ownership of the business as well, it's not just technology.

For example, SAIC-GM (GM Shanghai) sells approximately 3.5 million vehicles per year. The Chinese government owns 50% of GM Shanghai. GM Shanghai was exempt from the GM bankruptcy proceedings in 2009 as Chinese law did not recognize it.

SAIC-GM sells as many or more cars in China as GM does in the rest of the world. Additionally, sub-assembly parts as well as full vehicles are being imported into the US and Europe for sale from GM Shanghai. Is GM an American company? Sure, GM is still headquartered in Detroit but...

This is but one example. Many, many other American and European companies are doing the same thing and the Chinese government owns 50% plus of those companies as well.
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Does the screen need to be a pull-down/retractable for your hometheater or would a fixed-frame style screen be an option?

Fixed-frame screens stay smoother/flatter for much longer, and 100" for $200 or less wouldn't be a problem. SilverTicket and Elite are popular for fixed-frame as well as pull-down.


I went ahead and got this fixed frame


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