Originally Posted by chirpie
If you really want to choke, call up Screen Research or Stewart and ask for an AT screen qoute. My guarantee to you is it'll be 2 to 3 times the price you were quoted. ^_^
If price is such a concern, why not go DIY? Building a frame that's servicable isn't high on the list of tricky projects. I would peg it as pretty darn simple and you'd save yourself a lot of cash. I'm sure you've seen the threads in the SMX forum. Sooner or later the world of "I don't want to pay that much" and "DIY" will meet. ^_^
Not ture, when comparing apples to apples. I was surprised at the cost of Ruben's frame. No knock on Ruben, it is a very very nice frame, and he has to make a buck like anyone else. But for those that choose to buy the material, which is reasonably priced, if you add the frame you're talking a pretty hefty sum. DYI (no frame) it's a great deal.
I own 5 yards of SMX. I also own a Stewart Ultramatte 1.3 Cinemaperf screen. I will be upgrading to a 2.37:1 Ultramatte 1.3 or 1.5 microperf screen. I have compared prices from both and having done so I intend to sell my 5 yards of SMX and buy another Stewart screen. Yes it will cost more, but when combining SMX material with Ruben's frame it isn't that much more.
SMX vs. Stewart:
I put up the SMX material so I could see 1/2 SMX and 1/2 Stewart. The Stewart had more pop. I know a lot of people like SMX material and I agree it is better than a lot of other options, but ask yourself why there isn't a comparison to Stewart screens on Ruben's site. Again, please understand, this is no knock to Ruben what so ever, his material is very good. It is my opinion that Stewart has a better screen. What you must do is ask if it is worth the additional cost. SMX material only compared to Stewart with frame, Stewart is way way, way more money. SMX with SMX frame compared to Stewart, the Stewart Screen is more but not that much, and you get a better picture. My .02.
I see a lot of positive posts about Ruben's screen and I do not mean this to be a slam to him in any way. He provides a very good product at a fair price. All I am saying is look around at all your options, a screen will last a long long time.
Flame suit on.
And no I do not work or sell Stewart products.
(Please take this a just one person's opinion and not an upset customer, Ruben was very good to me).
After all the rave reviews, I have decided to keep the material. I have a great solution for a frame so I will now save a lot over the Stewart. Also recent quotes for a Stewart have come in higher than the quote I had late last year. Not sure why, but in any case I do not feel I will be comprimising much at all and will be very happy with the SMX material. Now I can apply the savings to that new InFocus 1080P, assuming it performs well.