Ok folks, take this review with a grain of salt. I am by no means an audio/video expert. I just know what I like and what looks good to me. That being said I have to say I am pretty happy with the 94" Elite Electric screen I installed yesterday. Installation was easy as is probably the case with most screens. Just figure out where you want to put it and chose between ceiling or wall hanging. The screen came with all the hardware needed for hanging, and the screen is powered by a three prong plug, no need for hardwiring.Elite screen
The screen case is smaller than I thought it would be which is a plus. It also comes with a IR transmitter and receiver. I opted to use the included sensor, which is about an inch long and mounts on the end of the screen under the screen end cap. That way I can use my existing "home theater" remote and "learn" the up and down functions. I have a nice macro now that turns on my equipment, dims the lights, lowers the screen, and ply the movie. Screen lowered
The screen raises and lowers very smooth. I used an SPL meter to gauge the decibel level when in operation. It read around 45-48 dbls in a quiet room. Again, this is my first electric screen so I don't know whether this is quiet or not.
As far as the screen goes, I noticed only a slight improvement over my blockout cloth screen. For the record, the screen is matte white, and I haven't had a chance to calibrate with the new screen yet, so that might make a little difference. I am using an x1 projector at around 13 feet from the screen. I have it connected to an XP-30 panny via component to vga and again, the picture is great, but not a huge improvement over the blackout cloth screen. Maybe an expert can comment on the reason for that? Here is some low quality picsGandalf (digital camera with no tripod, take it for whats its worthAragorn
Conclusion: Before I got the electric screen I was using a fixed framed B/O cloth screen that I just got tired of moving form the garage to my viewing location every time I wanted to watch a movie. I was looking for a more convenient way to have a big screen that wouldn't intrude to much on the interior of the house, and something that wouldn't piss the wife off.;) I would say I was looking more for conveniece and ease of use than picture quality. Don't get me wrong, the picture quality is great, but for the videophiles, I don't know how this screen rates amoung the Da-lites, Stewarts, etc. If yo do buy, save your packaging and manuals. You will have 7 days to return if you are not satisfied for a refund, minus a 15% restocking fee, which sucks, but at least you can return it. Like I said earlier, its great for me to have a screen I can just press a button and there she is, for the price that I got. For home theater on a budget, its a great way to go.