My screen is finally here, the whole thing was quite the adventure, the ordering, the delivery and the installation wasn’t easy.
I originally wanted to order directly from SI since the price in Europe were so expensive but obviously they were not so keen on doing so since they had a distributor in my country, after insisting a lot they agreed to exceptionally sell me a screen directly but I had to take care of the shipping from their warehouse to Switzerland and this is when the real trouble began, it seems that shipping a 144inch across the pond is harder than it seems, the usual transporter FEDEX/UPS/DHL where not accepting such large parcel and only some freight transporter would do the trick, I received some estimates around 1’500$ for sea shipping with a transit time of 4-6 weeks and usually above 3’000$ for air freight and even then the price only included transport to closest port/airport.
I spent some time thinking about it and reached the conclusion that first it wouldn’t be much cheaper than buying the screen from the local distributor and second it would save me the headache of having to deal with it myself, so I place the order for a 144inch 2.35 Black Diamond Zero Edge, from there things moved surprisingly fast and in about 2 weeks the screen was ready for install.
This is only when the installer called me with concerns regarding the size of the parcel that I realized there was no way it would go through the staircase, for those who don’t know the zero edge is one solid piece and cannot be folded, I’m living on the 4th and last floor, so I had to contact a company that usually deals with moving piano to come with a crane to get the screen inside through the Balcony, I was a bit worried but in the end they made it look easy and in 30 minutes the screen was in my leaving room, it’s about that time my wife saw the box and almost fainted… good times…
Then even the installation wasn’t easy, installer came with an extra guy but to navigate with a 144inch in a living room was… challenging but I have to say the whole installation was quite straight forward, I went for the ceiling mount and to get it hanging was relatively easy, it’s still a 60kg screen but it went faster than expected,
Here’s a quick picture of the result, with and without curtains, hope you'll like it: