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Poll: Budget Motorized Screen Battle: Accuscreens VS. Favi

Poll Results: Which screen would YOU buy?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Accuscreens
  • 33% (1)
    Favi
  • 66% (2)
    Elite
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
AVS:

Which is the better investment: Accuscreens or Favi? Why? Keep in mind that reliability on either the screen itself or customer service is very important**

I am on a college debt budget looking to find a motorized 16:9 92" screen for my Optoma HD20. After researching it has come down to these two battling it out for my nook space in the rental.

The Accuscreens 800013 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2532169&CatId=2434

Price: ~$200 after shipping on tigerdirect.com
Rating: 5 Stars
Warranty: 1 year?


The Favi HD-92 http://www.amazon.com/FAVI-HD-100-16-100-Inch-Projector/dp/B0017S37IG

Price: $141.76
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor

Would I be safer buying an accuscreens for it's reliability or the Favi for it's amazon backed returns? I have read that a lot of customers who owned the Favi had their motors burn out after 90 days and were left SOL due to hefty shipping costs and terrible customer service.
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by medulla View Post

AVS:

Which is the better investment: Accuscreens or Favi? Why? Keep in mind that reliability on either the screen itself or customer service is very important**

I I have read that a lot of customers who owned the Favi had their motors burn out after 90 days and were left SOL due to hefty shipping costs and terrible customer service.

Guess the Favi is not in the short list.. You get what you pay for..
Have you checked your local craigs list for a used screen? Due to high shipping cost the only way to sell a used screen is locally and cheaply.. You may find a high quality Dalite manual pull down used for $200-$300
post #3 of 6
I've been using a 120" 16:9 Focupix screen I purchased from htdepot.com 2 1/2 years ago. Other than the label on the housing saying Focupix instead of Favi I'm sure it's the exact same screen. It's never had any ripples or waves and has been up & down a zillion times. Still operates and looks great. If it died tomorrow (probably shouldn't say that!eek.gif) I wouldn't hesitate to order the Favi. Just MY experience.
Best of luck with your choice.

Ed
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by airscapes View Post

Guess the Favi is not in the short list.. You get what you pay for..
Have you checked your local craigs list for a used screen? Due to high shipping cost the only way to sell a used screen is locally and cheaply.. You may find a high quality Dalite manual pull down used for $200-$300

I have looked around, but can't seem to find anything. This would be ideal.

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Originally Posted by old corps View Post

I've been using a 120" 16:9 Focupix screen I purchased from htdepot.com 2 1/2 years ago. Other than the label on the housing saying Focupix instead of Favi I'm sure it's the exact same screen. It's never had any ripples or waves and has been up & down a zillion times. Still operates and looks great. If it died tomorrow (probably shouldn't say that!eek.gif) I wouldn't hesitate to order the Favi. Just MY experience.
Best of luck with your choice.

Ed

I am concerned that 2.5 years ago the company was very different than what it is today. Seems as if the latest offerings aren't as well built as the older focupix.

Nobody with an Accuscreens? Anybody have their Favi motors fail? If you have ,can you describe your experience with Favi customer support?
post #5 of 6
Bump this I am also looking at a Favi and Elite 100" motorized screen, and would love to hear some more input.

One thing I find odd is that I often read about waves in the screen. This surprises me because I currently have a Sony VPL-BW5 projector which was sold between 2008-2010, and an 84" 4:3 electric screen that was purchased at the same time as the projector. The screen is the absolute cheapest, Swap-Shop one you can find - it doesn't even have a brand name. No markings of any type on it whatsoever. Just a pawn-shop piece and although it is several years old, it has no flaws of any kind. No wrinkles, waves, nothing. I just find it hard to believe that these newer, more expensive products have problems like that.
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by KtrainHurricane View Post

Bump this I am also looking at a Favi and Elite 100" motorized screen, and would love to hear some more input.

One thing I find odd is that I often read about waves in the screen. This surprises me because I currently have a Sony VPL-BW5 projector which was sold between 2008-2010, and an 84" 4:3 electric screen that was purchased at the same time as the projector. The screen is the absolute cheapest, Swap-Shop one you can find - it doesn't even have a brand name. No markings of any type on it whatsoever. Just a pawn-shop piece and although it is several years old, it has no flaws of any kind. No wrinkles, waves, nothing. I just find it hard to believe that these newer, more expensive products have problems like that.

I have an Elite Screens Electric100H-A1080P2 Spectrum Series Electric Projection Screen (100" Diag. 16:9 49"Hx87.2"W). It works fine and the quality is decent enough. The screen does have some waves in it. They're horizontal and very minimal. Looks like a result of how the screen rolls up. My issue is I get a moire pattern from the acoustically transparent screen material. It's not too bad but it is annoying. When I zoom the picture in or out it disapears. Unfortunately it's most visible when it's zoomed to where I need it.

I bought it a week ago so it's essentially brand new. If you want to buy it let me know. wink.gif
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