Sorry for the delay all.
Last Monday, I received my 120" Tensioned Ceiling-Mount screen from Monoprice. This was Product ID #7914 (http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
The projector was shipped via UPS Freight. It was very well packaged. The projector was boxed in tough cardboard box like the images of the perm screen above as well as being in an outer card board box. Apparently UPS is delivering lots of screens now because the driver struck up a conversation with my Dad who was here to receive it and came in to take a look at the theater/Family room.
The package contains the screen itself, a plastic hex key to set the drop and retract levels, a remote control, and IR receiver (Black receiver, White (!) cord), and a 30 or so foot long 12 volt trigger cable. Also included is a decent manual...far from the best, but OK.
The case looks very nice. Not as nice as the DaLite that it is replacing but pretty good. It is gloss black with a tastefully dark grey Monoprice logo in the lower right corner on the front. They missed the mark on a few things, IMHO. The power cord comes out of the bottom of the screen case on the left and there is no way to reroute it out the back. While the cord coming from the bottom is great for wall mount, it is not idea for ceiling mount. By zip tying to the case in the back, it is mostly hidden. The 12-volt trigger port is behind a small plastic door on the left so the cable sticks out a bit when connected. Not bad for people like me where the left is towards the wall...might bug people whose theater is such that the left side of the screen is regularly visible.
This was by far the easiest ceiling mount projector I have ever installed. It shipped with two L-Brackets. Inside the frame of the L-Brackets are metal mounting plates with hooks that stick out and fit into slots that run along the entire length of the back of the screen case. Mounting is as simple as bolting the brackets to studs on the ceiling and then putting the screen onto the hooks. You can then move the screen left and right as needed. Nice that the brackets can mount along the entire length of the case so you can easily match them up to joists. Once mounted, there are screws on the bottom of each bracket that you tighten to lift the mounting plate and screen up into a position that locks it into the brackets. All told, it took us less than 30 minutes to unbox and install the screen. Record for me.
One word of warning: this screen stinks. I had see others mention it and, since my Dalite stunk too, I thought I knew what to expect. Wow, was I wrong. It smells bad. Plan on putting it down and opening windows to air out the room at least for 4-5 hours. It is bearable after that. Watching a movie with the fresh screen nearly gave me and the folks a head ache.
The screen material itself is pretty thin but seems robust. It is a very even finish. There is a large boarder around the edge, about 3 inches on all sides and 15 Inch for the drop on top. The tension system was not exactly what I expected. It is essentially small nylon strings that run through loops made of the same screen material down to a plastic spool on the bottom. You can turn the spool to tighten and loosen tension, as needed. Not sure what I expected, but this seemed a little less robust that I thought, but it works great, so whose to complain.
First, I must say the Somphy motor is quiet. There is no comparison between it and my Dalite. I would say the Dalite was a noisy as a blender and this screen is about as loud as a ceiling fan. I was shocked how quiet it was.
The screen material I went with is 1.0 Gain HD White. So far it seems to provide a very even picture with zero hotspotting. I can find no flaws with the material. I also turned on my TV behind it and the picture did not bleed through so no worries that it is too thin.
I will try to take some pics and stuff this weekend (family is in town so it might be next week instead) and get them posted up here. I expect they will look very similar to SteveFred's since the material is likely the same.
Overall, I am very happy. I actually like this screen design better than the Dalite that I paid nearly twice the price for (much of that was for High Power fabric).
If anyone has any questions, let me know.