Just received my Vapex 120" fixed frame screen today from visual apex. It Arrived 1 day earlier than estimated which was very nice. Here is my impressions.
After opening it I was very impressed with the packaging, everything was well protected, and all pieces were individually wrapped to keep them from rubbing on each other in transit. The screen was rolled up nicely inside a cardboard cylinder, and actually had packaging paper between the rolls so the screen wouldn't rub against it self while rolled up.
There is an included assembly paper, but it's pretty much useless, it didn't even cover some of the required assembly steps. Luckily you can go to the VA website and watch a very well documented high quality YouTube video. It covers everything needed to assemble your screen, and is only about 7 minutes long.
After watching the video, I knew everything I needed to assemble it. The frame all went together easily, and the corners matched nicely. I had one problem( which was my own fault) as I cross threaded a screw...took me about 10 minutes to get it backed out, as these screw heads strip rather easily. So take it from me, forget the drill and just use a screwdriver..
I will admit I was a bit worried I was gonna mess this up, but it went really easy. It didn't require much stretching, and took mr less than 10 minutes to complete. I just followed the advice from the video, do the left side first, then right, top, and bottom last, working from inside out on each. I had a few wrinkles that I had to stretch out, and the few that I didn't stretch out went away by themselves after about 3 hours, i still have a wrinkle spot in the right corner, hopefully that goes away over time. However its not really a huge issue, as you cant even notice them from a couple feet away.
Not much to say here, use your level, or laser and attach your mounts to the wall, then just hang your screen like a big picture frame. Easy stuff
Obviously this is subjective, depending on your PJ, ambient light, and what you upgraded from. For me, my equipment is an Epson 8350, ~14ft throw, compared to projecting on my bare wall, and projecting on my friends painted on 106" Silver Screen, it blew me away. Over both of the compared surfaces, I had the same feeling I did a couple years ago when I finally hooked up my big screen plasma to HDTV after switching from just regular cable...life changing.
So that's my impressions, can you spend more money and get a better screen surface? ...well I know you can at least spend more money, if you get a better screen....I'll let you know if I ever see one.
One thing i did discover after stretching the screen iniatially. I do have some wrinkles in the top right corner that havent went away yet. This morning I undid all the clips and restretched the the screen. This time I pulled the fabric loops as far out as i could, then pushed the rod inside the groove, folded over the leftover fabric, and put the clip in over that. This took all but a couple small wrinkles out, so Im hopeing those will disapear over time....I'll update in about a week, to see if they disapeared.