Shearweave 10% openess? I dont think so........from memory which may be a little senile, I remember shearweave only being 5%,
Yes you're right, the Sheerweave is 5% and I knew that, so I don't know why I typed that. I even wrote that in my post #5 above. I think I'm the one going senile.
I have some Shearweave and the pattern is noticeable at 8', someone in these forums could see it at 12' or more with or without projecting on it.
I sit about 10' feet from my screen and I can't notice the weave at all. I don't pick up on the weave until I'm within about 5' to 6' of the screen (even on bright scenes). The guy who can make out the weave at 12' must have the eyes of an eagle.
I waited for several more years until it was all hashed out and the SmX screen that was delivered to me a couple weeks ago was a really, really nice suprise in its overall appearance even within a few feet. It has the Pro look I was after, It doesnt look like Shade material as much as the 4500 did.
I've never viewed an SMX screen, but I'm sure they are very nice. As a matter of fact, I'm trying to get hold of a sample because I will probably go with an SMX screen when I get started on my new theater in my new house next year.
The main point of this thread though, is that the OP is looking for a screen material for a DIY screen. SMX doesn't sell their screen material seperately, so the virtues of SMX screen material is a moot point. The OP is looking for a woven AT material for DIY applications, and the Sheerweave is probably his best option in this regard.
BTW, nice theater!