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post #241 of 985
So emailed James back and forth a few times today. Tomorrow I'm going to be placing my order for a white screen with a viewable screen of 59” by 125”. With frame it would have a total size of 66” by 132”. The price was extremely reasonable.

Any suggestions? Comments? Advice? This is my first HT, and I could definitely use them.

thanks in advance
post #242 of 985
Thread Starter 
doc 750 if your looking for answers to questions about your HT I think it would be better for you to start your own thread in the general home theater and media room forum. Plenty of knowledgeable people there that will give you great advice James is great to work with to get your screen ready and properly done. I also have the 8350 and 130 in. white screen I think you'll be impresses read this whole thread and you'll be more than ready to do your screen. If you start your own thread pics, dimensions of your room, intended uses, and initial plans in your first post will better give people an idea on how to help you.

Congrats and good luck welcome to the madness it might get expensive!!!!!!
post #243 of 985
Can i get some suggestions here? I have a designated home theater room, 15x27, no windows/ambient light, and will be purchasing an Epson 8700UB. I have 9 foot ceilings and am considering either a 120" or 130" screen from Jamestown OR a 120 or 135" screen from Elite. With my setup and projector, aren't I better off going with a white screen? Is there any reason NOT to go bigger than 120?
post #244 of 985
Thread Starter 
IMO a white screen would be the the best no ambient light and the already great blacks of an epson 8700 white should be a perfect match. The only reasons I have found not to go that big is viewing angles and can your projector light up that size screen after the bulb dims. There is lots of data on proper viewing angles on this forum and plenty of people with large screen that love them. I have an epson 8350 and 130 in. white Jamestown screen and I think it's great. The best advice I have found to pick a screen size is get your projector first and project the image on to the wall and see what size you like best. Jamestown and Elite will both send you samples of their screen materials.

Good luck
Scott
post #245 of 985
Today I taped out the dimensions of the Jamestown 130' screen. After seeing the screen size on the wall, I have to room to move up or down, and am not sure of the optimal placement. Right now the bottom of the screen is 27" from the floor, and the top of the screen is 11" from the ceiling. Does that sound about right? Would anyone move the screen farther up or down?
post #246 of 985
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Originally Posted by cscmtp View Post

Today I taped out the dimensions of the Jamestown 130' screen. After seeing the screen size on the wall, I have to room to move up or down, and am not sure of the optimal placement. Right now the bottom of the screen is 27" from the floor, and the top of the screen is 11" from the ceiling. Does that sound about right? Would anyone move the screen farther up or down?

I think I've read before that ideal placement is 18" below the ceiling and 3' above the floor/bottom of the wall.

Judd
post #247 of 985
a widely used calculation is to have eye level at bottom third of image.

Benito
post #248 of 985
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cscmtp View Post

Today I taped out the dimensions of the Jamestown 130' screen. After seeing the screen size on the wall, I have to room to move up or down, and am not sure of the optimal placement. Right now the bottom of the screen is 27" from the floor, and the top of the screen is 11" from the ceiling. Does that sound about right? Would anyone move the screen farther up or down?

Benito's on the money 1/3 of the screen at eye level is the most common ideal spot I've heard from the many informative people on this forum. How did you like the size of the screen you taped off?
post #249 of 985
it looked HUGE, which I loved. Granted I didn't have a recliner to sit in, so I was kinda squatting down, trying to guess where my butt would be in a chair lol.

But yeah, going from a 58" LCD to a 130" screen is going to be nothing short of amazing.

I called James at Jamestown screens, and he said as long as the screen is 5 or 6" down from the ceiling it should be fine. The more room I have at the bottom of the screen to the floor the more room for the center console to be up off the floor, etc.
post #250 of 985
Thread Starter 
Yeah getting the center channel off the floor to a more ideal location really lets it seem like dialogue is coming from the people on the screen. I don't want to confuse you anymore but if audio is really important to you at screens are the way to go and it sounds like you have the room to do it. Though if your looking at Jamestown budget may be a concern and at is expensive unless you diy it although I love my Jamestown and he is great to deal with! As far as seat just bring down a folding chair and sit in it that will give you a good perspective on seating position.
post #251 of 985
with the Epson 8700 which screen aspect ratio should I be looking at?

I'll be watching Direct TV HD programming, PS3 gaming and blu ray. It seems like most threads I read people use 16:9, but should I be looking at 4:3 or 2.35:1?

I have no clue, can someone educate a dummy?
post #252 of 985
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Originally Posted by cscmtp View Post

with the Epson 8700 which screen aspect ratio should I be looking at?

I'll be watching Direct TV HD programming, PS3 gaming and blu ray. It seems like most threads I read people use 16:9, but should I be looking at 4:3 or 2.35:1?

I have no clue, can someone educate a dummy?

16:9. I love my jamestown on direct tv. 110 inch at 11 feet. Proj at 15 ft 8700 ub. Straight out of the box no calibration. ,!! Too lszy to mess w,ith it

Wish i had the 120 But might not be as bright
post #253 of 985
placed my order yesterday for the Jamestown 130" white screen. So excited!
post #254 of 985
Thread Starter 
Congrats cscmtp nice choice same as I have and it looks great!!
The thing about getting the biggest screen is you can always mask it off smaller but can't make it bigger and screen size is like a cotton t shirt the longer you have them the smaller they get.
One suggestion I'd make to you is for optimum performance is mount the projector as close to the screen as you can for higher brightness which you'll need to light up that huge screen.
Secondly paint your ceiling, walls, and and flooring as dark and least reflective as you can it will give you a much better viewing experience though WAF usually applies to this.

Good Luck
post #255 of 985
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Originally Posted by Quick Hands View Post
Congrats cscmtp nice choice same as I have and it looks great!!
The thing about getting the biggest screen is you can always mask it off smaller but can't make it bigger and screen size is like a cotton t shirt the longer you have them the smaller they get.
One suggestion I'd make to you is for optimum performance is mount the projector as close to the screen as you can for higher brightness which you'll need to light up that huge screen.
Secondly paint your ceiling, walls, and and flooring as dark and least reflective as you can it will give you a much better viewing experience though WAF usually applies to this.

Good Luck
Thanks. Right now I am thinking about painting the walls a Duke blue, flat paint of course. Still not sure if I'll do the ceiling black or same color blue. I was assuming I'd have the projector about 15' away, but I guess i could get closer if need be. But with no ambient light wouldn't 15' still give me a really good picture or no?
post #256 of 985
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cscmtp View Post

Thanks. Right now I am thinking about painting the walls a Duke blue, flat paint of course. Still not sure if I'll do the ceiling black or same color blue. I was assuming I'd have the projector about 15' away, but I guess i could get closer if need be. But with no ambient light wouldn't 15' still give me a really good picture or no?

Close to the same color I have but never thought about it being Duke blue oh the horror jk.

I just measured and my projector is 13 feet to screen so 15 should be fine. I am no expert believe me I've only had a projector for six months but researched it for 3 years but the prevailing wisdom seemed to be with a screen this large go as close as you can to achieve maximum brightness as the bulb dims.

There is a guy named free enterprise in the general home theater forum who has had a 130 inch screen for a while with his projector mounted further back and still loves it you might want to check out his thread.
My advice would be go for it with painting the dark colors most say it is the biggest improvement you can make for your projector to achieve it's best performance and read different threads on this forum there is a wealth of knowledge here.

Enjoy
post #257 of 985
Just pulled the trigger on a 120" white 16:9 from Jamestown.

For the price and this being my first venture into screen territory I couldn't really justify paying more for an Elite. Plus this guy is doing it the small business way and I'd rather support a local business even if it's not that local to me here in Ohio.

Looking forward to it, the image already looks good on my dark blue walls, I can't imagine how much more this is gonna pop when the screen goes up. My wife and kid don't believe me when I say "oh it's gonna get so much better than this..."

post #258 of 985
Thread Starter 
Allforce I see your spreading the epson 8350 love in the pj forum I think you'll be really impressed once you get your screen.

Congrats and good luck luck
post #259 of 985
I ordered my 106" 2:35.1 screen last week. Cant wait to get it. I currently have a 16x9 pulldown that I am going to still use as a dual setup. Cant wait to get it.
post #260 of 985
Thanks James for the screen frame! I received it last Friday around 2:30, and had it assembled before we left for a weekend mini vacation. Couldn't wait to watch some movies on it when I got back Sunday night! Will post some pics when I get a chance - its a hybrid with Jamestown frame and Seymour CenterStage XD AT material - works great!
post #261 of 985
Thread Starter 
Brad I was following your thread in the other forum and I'm really interested in your results.

This is an upgrade I've been thinking about myself and hope yours turns out well!!!

Good Luck and keep us posted
post #262 of 985
I posted some pics of my screen in my HT build thread and in my screen build thread - so probably best to just drop the link instead of cluttering up this thread with the same pics.

Summary: works great!
post #263 of 985
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Originally Posted by doc750 View Post
So emailed James back and forth a few times today. Tomorrow I'm going to be placing my order for a white screen with a viewable screen of 59 by 125. With frame it would have a total size of 66 by 132. The price was extremely reasonable.
How'd you make out with your screen doc?
post #264 of 985
I'm interested in the Jamestown with the grey material. I'm curious about a few things from those who own one of these screens with this material

1) Does the screen mount flush to the wall?
2) How is the viewing angle in reality? I believe the website says it's 60 degrees. While, for the most part, I'll be sitting somewhere between the width of the screen, we tend to entertain people for football games and would like a very wide viewing angle since the screen would be mounted on the long wall of a rectangular room that opens into our kitchen.
3) Has anyone noticed any issues with hotspotting or texture?

Thanks
post #265 of 985
Got mine and set it up yesterday, got a bit of a wave/wrinkle in the lower corner but I can't see it when I'm watching something. Getting the wrinkles out is like playing Whack-A-Mole, so frustrating! Pull here, another one pops up there, grrrrrr.

I hung it today, kind of disappointed that it doesn't really sit flush with the wall. It almost is bowed out a bit on the ends so they're not flush while the middle is. You can press the bottom right corner in to touch the wall but then the bottom left corner bows outwards. Any jerry-rigging solutions you guys can think of? I thought of industrial strength velcro strips against the wall and frame might hold it more snugly against the wall but it might not be enough.

Here's some pics, the screen looks dynamite overall:



post #266 of 985
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Originally Posted by Allforce View Post

Got mine and set it up yesterday, got a bit of a wave/wrinkle in the lower corner but I can't see it when I'm watching something. Getting the wrinkles out is like playing Whack-A-Mole, so frustrating! Pull here, another one pops up there, grrrrrr.

I hung it today, kind of disappointed that it doesn't really sit flush with the wall. It almost is bowed out a bit on the ends so they're not flush while the middle is. You can press the bottom right corner in to touch the wall but then the bottom left corner bows outwards. Any jerry-rigging solutions you guys can think of? I thought of industrial strength velcro strips against the wall and frame might hold it more snugly against the wall but it might not be enough.

Here's some pics, the screen looks dynamite overall:

Thank you for this post! I almost put in my order until I read this. Now I am having second thoughts. Now I know these are great value and inexpensive screens, but should I expect imperfections like wrinkles/waves and bowing to be the norm with Jamestown? Or is this an exception? Did you contact them about these issues?
post #267 of 985
I'm attributing the bowing to the natural properties of wood, its hot and cold, it expands and contracts. The wrinkles are totally my fault and fixable, I was just anxious to get it hung up and noticed them once it was up on the wall.

Order with confidence, it's a quality screen for the price.
post #268 of 985
I didn't have any issues with wrinkles but had the typical issue with the bottom right corner. I just deal with it for now. It does nothing to affect viewing image. I think I might try L brackets or something in the future. My Basement is not even done so I have this in my living room. I am sure that once the Basement is finished I will be buying another screen anyhow. If not to increase size from the 120" I have then b/c I can see the screen not going back together once taken apart. I wish the top "hanger brackets" would have come longer. Even tho I encountered no problems it would have been nice to have it at least 3/4's of the length of the screen just for more stability. I didn't like mounting the small hanger bracket to a small aluminum piece. That piece should easily being about 1/2 to 3/4's the length as well just for more stability.

I am in no way disappointed with this screen. I am MORE then happy, but I do wish I purchased once from VA just b/c when you watch their assembly video it just looks way more stable plus I am sure you can take it apart and reassemble if need be

Judd
post #269 of 985
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Originally Posted by palpitatn View Post

Thank you for this post! I almost put in my order until I read this. Now I am having second thoughts. Now I know these are great value and inexpensive screens, but should I expect imperfections like wrinkles/waves and bowing to be the norm with Jamestown? Or is this an exception? Did you contact them about these issues?

How many people have this kind of wrinkling and bowing in their Jamestown screens? I was really thinking of ordering then I saw these pics with the wrinkles in the lower right corner. Also don't want any bowing - instant focus issues.
post #270 of 985
Can't speak about the bowing issue (I don't have it), but the wrinkles can be addressed by retensioning the fabric.
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