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post #61 of 107
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Originally Posted by rwalker View Post

Just got this screen up this weekend... and it was a LOT of work. The assembly is fairly easy and pretty hard to screw up. Getting the screen right on the other hand took over 4 hours! It is just so difficult to get the material without any ripples. Also the fact that the frame has so much flex in it (130" screen) just makes the design harder to work with. I would guess that the smaller sizes will be easier to work with.

For mounting I got 4 d-ring picture hooks and screwed them to the back of the frame, then got 4 long screws (included with the screen) in the wall. After doing this I should have just got 2 pieces of picture wire and 2 screws in the wall, but I was worried about the frame flexing and wanted as much support as possible. I need to put up a couple of l-brackets to hold the bottom to the wall, as the bottom is about 3/4in off the wall right now.

This is my first screen, so don't have anything to compare... but I was not expecting this much work. Don't even try to do this by yourself, I had 2 other people helping me with tightening the screen and it hanging it on the wall.

Roy

I agree that it takes about 20-40 minutes to assemble the screen but can take 30 - 120 minutes to get all the wrinkles out. Getting the wrinkles out does require two people. One to pull and hold while the other fastens the screw. But once the wrinkles have been worked out and the screen is hung, I've not scene any wrinkles appear with the screen on the wall and relocated once to a new room on over a year.

I recently switched to D rings to hang the frame and moved my 2 modified L brackets to keep it pushed against the wall to the bottom to keep the screen flush against the wall.

The L brackets were bent to exact width between the front of the frame and wall. I painted them black as well to blend in with the black velvet.
Like this:

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post #62 of 107
For the benefit of the search tool...

jamestown home theater screen = shoppingdeals screen
post #63 of 107
Just an fyi-

I performed some comparisons of the Carada Cinema White and Brilliant White with the JamesTown(shoppingdeals) Screen. I was looking to upgrade to a larger screen and thought that I'd spend a little more to get an aluminum frame and a name brand screen that has been reviewed/reported as a really good screen for the price.

I watched Iron Man and a couple of CGI titles and placed the Carada samples in different locations as I watched & rewound certain parts of each movie.
I won't even mention the gray screen as it was way to dark for my setup/configuration. On a scene with a suit with pin stripes was missing the stripes so I pulled it off the screen. The blackness of the suit looked great though.

*Carada will send you all 3 screen samples if you ask.
They are about 12"x12" sample pieces of each type.

Projector: Sanyo Z2000 at 15' on 100" screen.
Seating distance of ~10 feet.
No ambient light - totally dark room.

1. The BW is way to bright for my taste(gain of 1.4 but it looked like a lot more). You can see the whiteness(almost the texture) when bright outdoor scenes are displayed. During normal colored scenes, it was comparable with the CW and JT screen when it came to brightness.
The BW does have more brightness to give a picture more "pop" during colorful scenes but even reducing the light output on my projector did not cause the texture/whiteness look to go away when there were bright pictures with a lot of white on the screen.
It was just way to reflective for my taste.

2. The CW is about 95% the same as the JT screen.
JT is rated at a gain of 1.2 and the CW at 1.0 but they seem to be fairly close in gain and the color of the movies was about identical. The people I had over watching me test the screens could not tell the difference.

I did some more testing mainly with the CW against the JT screen and came to the conclusion that if I get the Carada screen, I will basically get the same PQ but an aluminum screen.

I couldn't justify spending an extra $500 for an aluminum screen with comparable PQ as the JT screen. The JT screen does take a little more time and patience to assemble but I haven't had to pull out any wrinkles in over a year since my initial assembly and stretching of the screen. Also, the JT screen allows for screen stretching of a wrinkle IF it does appear.

So I upgraded to a larger JT screen.

btw:
I highly suggest getting some D rings from a hardware store(picture mounting isle) to mount it as it makes a much more secure hanging system on the wall then using the two screws provided.
post #64 of 107
I finally put my order in last weekend. I'm looking forward to the move to 2.35.
post #65 of 107
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Originally Posted by JosephF View Post

I finally put my order in last weekend. I'm looking forward to the move to 2.35.

Is he making a custom widescreen(2.39:1) screen for you or are you getting his standard 16:9 (1.78:1) screen ?
post #66 of 107
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

Is he making a custom widescreen(2.39:1) screen for you or are you getting his standard 16:9 (1.78:1) screen ?

Custom 115" x 49"
post #67 of 107
Lazy question...
Could you guys please tell me..
What to assemble..
From UPS box to Screen wall - what i have to assemble on this screen.
post #68 of 107
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Originally Posted by sathyakamaraj View Post

Lazy question...
Could you guys please tell me..
What to assemble..
From UPS box to Screen wall - what i have to assemble on this screen.

I just received my screen last week and have it up on the wall. You have six frame pieces. Two for top, two for bottom and one on each side. You also have a few metal brackets for support. You will need to lay out the pieces on the floor, screw together the six pieces above using the metal brackets. Most are pre-installed. Next, you will unscrew frame from the velvet border (easy) and slide the screen tabs in around the four sides. You finish by stretching the screen and tightening screws. You need two people for the stretching and tightening. Total time about 60 minutes.
post #69 of 107
I got mine last week and set it up this weekend (although I do need to go back and do a better job of stretching the screen).

My total time was probably around 90 minutes, largely due to working in a very small area where I had to keep shifting the screen so that I had room to get around to the different sides.

Even without it stretched perfectly, I absolutely love having the 2.35 aspect ratio
post #70 of 107
any word on the gain of their gray screen?
post #71 of 107
I talked to James about getting a 103", matte white,16:9 screen and he put up a private auction for me. He states in his auction that after payment the screen ships out within 10 business day. My screen shipped on the 10th business day and I received it the next day.

Putting together the frame was pretty easy and I had someone help me with the screen stretching. I didn't get the screen 100% wrinkle free, but I got it enough to were its only noticeable if you look for it and it is good enough to make me happy.

For the price of similar fixed frames the amount of work required is definitely worth the savings.



post #72 of 107
Hi,

I just received my shoppingdeals screen last week. I purchased a 92 inch matte white model. I am using a Sony VPL-VW60 with the screen. I haven't had a lot of time to watch the projector but so far I am very happy. I paid 179 + shipping. Looking at mass produced screens, you would have to pay much more to get this type of build quality. The velvet border is thick and very nice. So far the PQ is excellent and uniform. I have had challenges stretching out wrinkles. I spent about 2 hours putting it together and stretching it, but I still have a few problem areas. I will keep trying to work on them next week. Hopefully, I can post some pictures as well.
post #73 of 107
Hi,

I just wanted to give everybody an update on the screen. It has been performing quite well and I do like the picture quality. As has been mentioned, the wrinkles can be quite difficult to manage. After multiple stretches, the major wrinkles are gone, but there are still minor corner issues. I do not notice them when movies are playing. My other critique of the screen is the hanging system. This has also been mentioned and ring hangers were suggested. I did not think the simplistic mounting solution was such a bad idea until last week. I had drilled the two screws into studs and hung the screen per the instructions. I came home to find the screen on the floor. The screws/studs had not failed but they are simply not secure enough in their attachment to the frame. This did not damage the wall or the screen, but did result in several large wrinkles that I had to stretch out. This can become tedious. I am still happy with my screen given the price, but it is not a hassle free experience.
post #74 of 107



What are the little tiny black things next to that huge screen?
post #75 of 107
Here is a picture of my install. As noted, the mounting system or lack thereof is bad. I used the recommended screws into studs and my screen ended up falling. This required more tension adjustment. I just noted on ebay that a new version is available with an aluminum internal frame. Has anybody received one of these newer models?





post #76 of 107
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Originally Posted by PDXscreen View Post

Here is a picture of my install. As noted, the mounting system or lack thereof is bad. I used the recommended screws into studs and my screen ended up falling. This required more tension adjustment. I just noted on ebay that a new version is available with an aluminum internal frame. Has anybody received one of these newer models?

I have been in contact with the owner of jamestown screens and planned on getting one when I was ready. Other than the poor mounting system whats your impression of the screen material, build quality and picture quality? And do you have a link to the new version?
post #77 of 107
Read the description. I believe all the screens in his store now have aluminum inner frames according to the descriptions. I JUST ordered a 120" 2.35:1 white screen from him. I made an offer that he accepted and then i have a 10% off code as well. REALLY good deal assuming the screen is half decent.
post #78 of 107
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Originally Posted by cantthinkofaname View Post

Read the description. I believe all the screens in his store now have aluminum inner frames according to the descriptions. I JUST ordered a 120" 2.35:1 white screen from him. I made an offer that he accepted and then i have a 10% off code as well. REALLY good deal assuming the screen is half decent.

Do you happen to know the outside dimensions of that screen including frame?
post #79 of 107
54 x 117
post #80 of 107
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Originally Posted by cantthinkofaname View Post

54 x 117

Awesome I will be interested to know your opinion of the frame. Please post your opinions here if you dont mind
post #81 of 107
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post


Awesome I will be interested to know your opinion of the frame. Please post your opinions here if you dont mind

Absolutely. Might take a while though. It's not scheduled to get here till 1/4 to 1/11.
post #82 of 107
I recently recieved a 110' screen from James. He was very easy to work with and actually expediated the shipment on my screen in order to meet my installation deadline. I am very happy with the overall quality and construction of the screen. My screen did come with the new aluminum framing however my installer put it together and mounted it when I was not there so I did not get a chance to see it for myself. The overall quality of the screen for the price is unmatched and I would definitely recommend a Jamestown screen to anyone who asked.
post #83 of 107
I'm looking to purchase a budget screen and these seem like a great deal.
Just wondering if any owners have opinions on these screens now that you've had them awhile or comparisons with different brands or DIYs. Also wondering about wrinkles or bowing with these seems construction has been upgraded since some iniatially got them.
I appreciate any responses!!
post #84 of 107
I thinking I'm going this route as well... but I'm going to look into the gray screen for my Optoma HD180 since everyone complains about it being too bright. My HT is in the basement but walls are a light color, so another reason to go gray for me.

Going to message him about the gain right now, don't want to take all the brightness away! Has anyone ordered a gray screen from him?
post #85 of 107
I'd love to get some replies in this thread. I'm torn between 120 in. matte white or an Elite but at twice the price. I know people love Elite but I'd hate to get this one and be let down or need to upgrade relatively quickly. This is so far the toughest decision in my theater so far the more I research the more confused I become.
post #86 of 107
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Originally Posted by Quick Hands View Post

I'd love to get some replies in this thread. I'm torn between 120 in. matte white or an Elite but at twice the price. I know people love Elite but I'd hate to get this one and be let down or need to upgrade relatively quickly. This is so far the toughest decision in my theater so far the more I research the more confused I become.

Do you have a link to the elite you are considering?
post #87 of 107
The 120 in. elite ez frame sold by visual apex. Iusteve I followed your build thread for quite awhile but unfortunately not lately what version are you currently on 2 or 3?
post #88 of 107
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Originally Posted by Quick Hands View Post

The 120 in. elite ez frame sold by visual apex. Iusteve I followed your build thread for quite awhile but unfortunately not lately what version are you currently on 2 or 3?

I dont care who you are but thats funny right there

My thread is still version 1 however I have started some construction on version 2 but have yet to start a new build thread......stay tuned (if interested)
post #89 of 107
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Originally Posted by Quick Hands View Post

The 120 in. elite ez frame sold by visual apex. Iusteve I followed your build thread for quite awhile but unfortunately not lately what version are you currently on 2 or 3?

Definitely love to know which one you choose and your opinions on it
post #90 of 107
Iusteve I started a thread on the subject titled Jamestown or Elite take a look and help generate some traffic please. I'll definitely keep you advised on my selection and feelings as I would be glad to help a forum member as so many have helped me.
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