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My new place has a spare room that is 16L x 11W x 8H. I want the best PQ, so would an AT hurt the PQ?
post #2 of 13
I would also like to know if an AT screen is available that doesn't sacrifice PQ.
post #3 of 13
Depends on how far back you sit and whether or not you can see the holes or the texture of the weave. Also, how much sacrifice there will be in the layout of the front speakers vs. being able to put them behind the image.

B.
post #4 of 13
Our new room has a 7' ceiling height but my towers are 40" tall.
I figured I'd build a screen the height and width of the room and project the clearest image possible on it and call it a day.
My ultimate goal is a 3rd tower as the center while maintaining a comfortable veiwing height.
SQ over PQ.

(Had to check tower height)
Edited by brwsaw - 9/2/13 at 11:43am
post #5 of 13
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Our new room has a 7' ceiling height but my towers are +/-36" tall.
I figured I'd build a screen the height and width of the room and project the clearest image possible on it and call it a day.
My ultimate goal is a 3rd tower as the center while maintaining a comfortable veiwing height.

With just about all AT screens you need to be sitting no less than 13-14' from the screen as to not see texture or holes. There may be one or 2 fabrics that will let you sit 11' but you will pay a premium price. If you need gain to achieve the proper light output from your projector and screen size pair, you will not be able to get any more than about a gain of 1 with AT screen. There are compromises in either choice you have to figure out which will be the best compromise for you.
Good luck!

One of the professional calibrators that frequent the forum has put together a test report on different screen fabrics. AT is the second set in the PDF even though it is labeled non at.. (cut and paste mistake) your main concerns are seating distance, gain, color neutral and audio degradation..

http://www.accucalhd.com/documents/accucal_front_projection_screen_report.pdf
post #6 of 13
We're off to a good start.
We're 14' from the towers now.
Thanks for the link.

(Had to double check the distance)
Edited by brwsaw - 9/2/13 at 11:42am
post #7 of 13
Is there any better AT screen out there than Seymour Excellence?
post #8 of 13
Not sure.
I recently looked into a large screen from Seymour AV and got a great price on their XD material.
I've found the same screen mentioned in quite a few forums/posts recently and will be trying it before looking any further.
post #9 of 13
If you have really good vision I'd stay away from the XD material. I had a angle cut piece of it that was enough for 133" diagonal and could see the weave from about 12' back. The Enlightor 4K material is more expensive but has the finest weave around and can't be seen past a few feet. It's the best AT material on the market currently. It will have the least effect on PQ compared to any other AT material out there.
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If you have really good vision I'd stay away from the XD material. I had a angle cut piece of it that was enough for 133" diagonal and could see the weave from about 12' back. The Enlightor 4K material is more expensive but has the finest weave around and can't be seen past a few feet. It's the best AT material on the market currently. It will have the least effect on PQ compared to any other AT material out there.

He is 14' back so right on the cusp of what I thought was visible. Of course, a screen sample is the way to go. It isn't like it is hard to see the texture disappear with movement farther away from the screen. It seems no one agrees 100% what the distance is where it disappears completely.

B.
post #11 of 13
Is the Enlightor available for DIY screens?
post #12 of 13
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Is the Enlightor available for DIY screens?

Don't know about elsewhere, but here in the US, it is not available DIY.
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post #13 of 13
I wouldn't mind getting a better screen and frame factory built and shipped up.
I'll need to do a bit more home work. I really had it in my mind to have a wall of screen to hide the towers.
I guess a little smaller wouldn't hurt, I would just mask it with a black velvet border and learn to be happy with it.
Between the two screens which is better for AT/SQ?
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