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I sent this originally as PM to Tryg, and he suggested I post it here. Any advice would be appreciated. I have considered going a little larger in the screen (maybe the 58"x194"), but I only have about 13 feet available on the wall that is going to have the screen in front of it. I don't want to place it all the way to the right of that wall, or all viewing would be at an unnatural angle, plus I have floor standing speakers that need to go to the sides of the screen (42" high).
Another thing I didn't mention originally is that the room has a stepped ceiling that will be at 9 feet at the wall, stepping up to 10 feet a foot from the wall. Because of the requirement to clear a wall mounted set, the screen will be mounted recessed at the 10 foot level. I assume I will need an extended black border at the top of the screen. My understanding is that this is an orderable option. With that in mind and the screen being 54-58" high, how high can I afford to have the screen, without the sensation of looking "up" to watch the movie. I think some would be O.K. and would like the screen to be as high as possible to avoid the image clipping objects in the room.
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Re: Still like the Da-lite HP screen?
yes post this to the forum.
yes it's a superb screen. If set up properly the best.
It's on thick vinyl so you cant tension it, light wont shine through it and you dont need to worry about it wrinkling.
although those dimensions aren't that large for a 2.8 gain screen. It should be very bright depending on the projector
Originally Posted by AaronS
I'm currently building a new home and after reading your review, I felt the Da-lite High Power screen might be just what I'm looking for.
Do you still feel it is one of the best screens out there? I looking to use an electric screen and have considered one of the Da-lite masking screens, or the Director Electrol, an Advantage Electrol, or others.
I have a friend in the AV business and he tells me I really need a tensioned screen, or the edges will eventually start curling. The HP screen material only seems to be available in the non-tensioned screens.
Is there a reason for this? Why isn't the HP available in a tensioned screen? A fixed screen is not an option for me, as this will be in a family room (around 17'x19').
The plan would be to have an electric screen come down when wanting to do some "serious" movie watching, to cover a wall mounted flat screen of 55"-65" range. The screen will be probably the 54"x96" size and will need to be mounted offset from the wall by 1'-2'. The main seating position will be in the short dimension from the screen, probably around 13'-14' from the screen.
The projector is to be mounted behind the wall a foot or two above eye level while seated on the couch, with the lens around even with the wall, or slightly behind on a shelf in my master closet.
The room has windows to the East and I will not make it entirely light proof, but they will have blinds and curtains, so the light will be able to be subdued to a large extent and I likely would not use the projector unless it was dark outside. I live in a rural situation and it will be perfectly dark at night, other than moonlight, but that should be easily controlled.
Obviously there will be some seating positions in the setup that are not ideally located for the screen type and location, but if the image is of uniform brightness to them, and not washed out looking, I would think it would still be pretty cool. I'll likely use it mostly with just my wife and I, so I'm really wanting to optimize it for that.
The projector I'm designing it for is the JVC RS1, or RS2 (If I win the lottery )
Do you think this will be a winning combination?
Do I need to get a rear lined screen, since there will be space between the back and the wall, and it is possible light could hit the rear of the screen from windows/lights in the kitchen/breakfast area.
I'm hoping the retroreflective aspect of the screen will keep the ambient light situation manageable. My belief is that this should also minimize the effect of a light colored ceiling. I'll try to tone that down a little, but it's had to get any sort of WAF in painting the ceiling a very dark color.
My wife also likes a little illumination during many movies (If I don't whine too much). I think I've read it is best to have such lights mounted slightly in front of the seating position, aimed back towards the viewers?
Can you convince me that a non-tensioned screen will not curl? Otherwise an electric Da-lite HP screen may be part of my future!
Maybe I should have just posted this on the forum!