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post #121 of 1663
Wow - wish I had read this thread before installing my 106 electric tab-tensioned. It did indeed take a while to figure out the proper bolt usage. I had to remove two washers to get things to work out. Used two massive lag bolts straight into the ceiling rafters. Yes, it is heavy, but it can be installed by one person .

Okay, now it's up, and with my Panny AE900 I think the gray screen is too dark. Directv HD is almost unwatchable for shows like Law and Order or anything with night scenes. I have the bulb set on high, which should be unnecessary. The brightness is still set at the factory default.

I originally was just going to go with the pj/screen, but because the screen blocks some cabinets when down and my rooom has some day time ambient light I am also going to add a 61-inch DLP. Therefore, the pj will likely only be used at night in total darkness.

Should I go for the matte white? I wonder if Elite will make a reasonable swap? Any input would be appreciated.

I will also consider selling the Elite and going for a Dalite high power, which seems to be a favorite around here.
post #122 of 1663
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Originally Posted by htpartyshack View Post

I will also consider selling the Elite and going for a Dalite high power, which seems to be a favorite around here.

HiPower is very popular but I will never go untensioned - I cant live with waves..unless you plan to leave it down for the most part, any untension will probably develop waves...I just cant live with that..another option is to look out of SMX screens, they are about to rollout some electronic tension screens (I think)
post #123 of 1663
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Originally Posted by richlo View Post

HiPower is very popular but I will never go untensioned

Good point - there is a trade-off, and maybe the matte white tt elite will be a good compromise. But even with the tt I am already noticing a few wrinkles in the bottom corners.

Oh, and I agree that the user's manual is junk. Most likely the absolute worst I have seen in a long time. They don't even mention how one adjusts the stops.

I have had my screen for about two months - any experience how elite has handled a swap? I would assume with the electric that they would not just send new material, but they would have to swap out the entire unit.
post #124 of 1663
have you tried adjusting the tension..on the Elite there is on each corner at the bottom
post #125 of 1663
I will give it a try . . . like I said had it a couple of months but only it had it up for a few weeks so have not messed around with that yet. Thanks.
post #126 of 1663
Hi guys, I'm new to front projection and I need some help here, I'm about to purchase a 92 inch silvermax motorized model that I'm planning to pair up with an optoma hd70. I found at an incredible price at an e-vendor called pcandstuff.com. Has anyone dealt with this e-vendor and are they reliable? Anyone else using this screen that can give me thier impressions?

Thanks
Jose
post #127 of 1663
Hi samwise -

You might want to post a seperate thread, this is for ELITE screens only..
post #128 of 1663
The silvermax IS an Elitescreen. Its the high contrast grey version of the vmax.
post #129 of 1663
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Originally Posted by htpartyshack View Post

Good point - there is a trade-off, and maybe the matte white tt elite will be a good compromise. But even with the tt I am already noticing a few wrinkles in the bottom corners.

Oh, and I agree that the user's manual is junk. Most likely the absolute worst I have seen in a long time. They don't even mention how one adjusts the stops.

I have had my screen for about two months - any experience how elite has handled a swap? I would assume with the electric that they would not just send new material, but they would have to swap out the entire unit.


htpartyshack,
i bought elite te100hc1 (high contract gray, tensioned, motorized) 100" for the panny pt-ax100u and find it very dark too. I spent only a few days with it but I don't see any major improvements over my light colored wall at all! the wall seems even sharper to me at some scenes. I'll call elite next week to discuss the screen materials but so far I can't reccomend elite screens (high contract gray).
I'm having problems to control it with Harmony 890 remote, learning the codes doesn't work also. I'll keep you posted on my conversation with elite. Did you hear anything back from them on your case?
Thanks
post #130 of 1663
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Originally Posted by vvbox View Post

I'm having problems to control it with Harmony 890 remote, learning the codes doesn't work also. I'll keep you posted on my conversation with elite. Did you hear anything back from them on your case?
Thanks

No luck with Elite really. I had a problem with my screen and the control box was damaged so I contacted their support line. They agreed to replace it, but when I first spoke to them I had not firmly concluded I wanted the white. I had not heard back from them for a couple of weeks so I called only to find they had just shipped a replacement, in gray of course. So the new one was on the way. I asked if it hadn't already been shipped if they could have sent a matte white instead, and the tech said he is only authorized to send out the same screen as a warranty replacement. I really cannot stand it when companies make rules for their own sake to the detriment of their customers. Anyway, I digress.

The new one arrived Friday and the end of the box is trashed. I had actually planned to sell that one on ebay as a brand new in the box unit, and use that money to re-order a matte white.

Now I don't know what to do . . . and the dealer I bought the screen from will only give me $400 if I return the new one and exchange it for a matte white, and that's after I pay for return shipping of a whopping $150.

Sheesh.
post #131 of 1663
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Originally Posted by htpartyshack View Post

Now I don't know what to do . . . and the dealer I bought the screen from will only give me $400 if I return the new one and exchange it for a matte white, and that's after I pay for return shipping of a whopping $150.

Sheesh.

The Elite dealer will replace the screen for free for me, I'm waiting for the RMA#.
BTW, Elite representative mentioned that in January they will be getting new screen materials, you may want to wait for a higher gain screens
post #132 of 1663
Good deal, I wish my dealer were that accommodating. Do you mind sharing the name of the dealer? If not here, please PM me. Thanks.

Also, did you ever get the control box to work with your harmony remote? I have not even tried yet, but I have a Home Theater Master MX-500.
post #133 of 1663
I have a Home Theater Master (HTM) mx-700 and had problems learing the codes as well. However I used another universal remote to learn them (The remote for my Anthem AVM20) and then used that remote to teach them to my HTM remote.
post #134 of 1663
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Originally Posted by htpartyshack View Post

Good deal, I wish my dealer were that accommodating. Do you mind sharing the name of the dealer? If not here, please PM me. Thanks.

Also, did you ever get the control box to work with your harmony remote? I have not even tried yet, but I have a Home Theater Master MX-500.

see $rojection $holesale website. Screen works fine once I relearned the codes.
post #135 of 1663
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Originally Posted by vvbox View Post

i bought elite te100hc1 (high contract gray, tensioned, motorized) 100" for the panny pt-ax100u and find it very dark too. I spent only a few days with it but I don't see any major improvements over my light colored wall at all! the wall seems even sharper to me at some scenes. I'll call elite next week to discuss the screen materials but so far I can't reccomend elite screens (high contract gray).


vvbox

I was also planning on pairing the ax100 with the elite hc gray screen. It seems like a great combo because of the panny's high brightness... Are you still unhappy with the picture? I think I need a low gain, darker screen, because I will have times when watching with some room lighting on. I don't want to pay up for a da-lite or other screen if I don't have to, but I don't want to throw money away on something that looks bad either.

thanks for the input,

ar
post #136 of 1663
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Originally Posted by ar7499 View Post

vvbox

I was also planning on pairing the ax100 with the elite hc gray screen. It seems like a great combo because of the panny's high brightness... Are you still unhappy with the picture? I think I need a low gain, darker screen, because I will have times when watching with some room lighting on. I don't want to pay up for a da-lite or other screen if I don't have to, but I don't want to throw money away on something that looks bad either.

thanks for the input,

ar

in my room setup the projector is installed 19' away from the screen (100") and ambient light comes from the back also. I was hoping for a plasma like bright image but because the of those combinations I'm loosing a lot of lumens so gray is not an option form me. I brought a sample of carada's screen material from the local dealer and it looked way brighter comparing to elite's gray. I'll change to elite's white as I need a motorized screen and let you know the results.
post #137 of 1663
Hey guys after buying the panny 100 I'm on a budget. The room is a 12x12 all white thats why I was thinking about going to the grey, but as other guys have said that it makes the colors look really dark I don't think I want to. Which is kind of weird that Art at projector reviews said the gray is a good match for this projector. Would you guys say I'm better off going with white? I'll be buying the cheaper pulldown screen(screen will always be pulled down in a lower corner room)
post #138 of 1663
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Originally Posted by jrod9707 View Post

Hey guys after buying the panny 100 I'm on a budget. The room is a 12x12 all white thats why I was thinking about going to the grey, but as other guys have said that it makes the colors look really dark I don't think I want to. Which is kind of weird that Art at projector reviews said the gray is a good match for this projector. Would you guys say I'm better off going with white? I'll be buying the cheaper pulldown screen(screen will always be pulled down in a lower corner room)

yes, gray is good for a night viewing without ambient lights. It looks great on Cinema1 setting with panny - very movie like; but once you have some ambient lights on the image it dimms a lot. but please remember that my projector is installed 19' from the screen and I'm loosing 30-40% of its brightness because of it, and I like very bright images for games and computer connections also. i didn't have a chance to compare Elite's gray to any other gray materials on the market but as I said my bright wall is similar in the picture quality. I would suggest get a couple of screen samples from a local dealer and see what works best for you, they usually offer it for free. let us know if you find any good combination.
Thanks
post #139 of 1663
Happy Thanksgiving,

Has anyone paired the ELITE 106 HC with an OPTOMA HD72? I'm planning on buying the HD72 and was trying to decide between their GreyWolfII 106 or the ELITE 106. Both fixed frame.

Any thoughts
post #140 of 1663
Happy Thanksgiving,

Has anyone paired the ELITE 106 HC with an OPTOMA HD72? I'm planning on buying the HD72 and was trying to decide between their GreyWolfII 106 or the ELITE 106. Both fixed frame.

Any thoughts
post #141 of 1663
Our DIY screen was supposed to be temporary. That was almost three years ago.

It took me forever to decide on a "real" screen. I ordered the 106" Elite Cinetension in mid-November. The night before Thanksgiving, we hung it from our ceiling. Sat down and pressed the button. Nothing happened.

On Thanksgiving we hung our old DIY screen from our new 106" Elite screen.

I'm waiting for a replacement wall kit. I had to pay to ship the defective wall kit back. It wasn't a lot of money but it just seems wrong to me. I would rather have paid that money up front for them to test it before it got shipped.
post #142 of 1663
I am trying to decide what screen to buy for my HD1000. I have narrowed it down to the Elite Cinetension electrc screen at 92" or 100" in either matte white, high contrast white, or high contrast grey. My walls will be dark, but my ceiling is white. I will be ceiling mounting the HD1000 approx 13 feet from the screen on an 8 foot ceiling and be seated approx 15 feet from the screen. Should I go 92" or 100" with this set up? Which one will result in the best screen height due to the offset? Also, should I go grey or white. I was going to go grey due to the high lumens, but I read somewhere that the Elite HC grey is too dark and results in a dark image in some situations. Anybody have any advice. Thanks.
post #143 of 1663
hey mizzou - for screen size go IMO for the 100 - I am 17 feet from my 106 and it is definitely not too big, and could be a tad larger. You are mounting the proj on the ceiling in front of the seating area? I would think that would be distracting with the noise and some light that comes out of the side of the projector. The grey is too dark for me, but I have not directly compared it to the white.
post #144 of 1663
The replacement wall kit arrived Saturday afternoon. Plugged it in and voila. It worked!

I put in Goblet of Fire. The opening scenes are so dark. With the DIY screen, it was hard to tell where the snake ended and the dark hallway began. With the Elite screen, the difference was obvious. I'm a happy camper.

- Kim
post #145 of 1663
Kim - glad to hear it's working. Did you get the high contrast gray or the white screen?
post #146 of 1663
I have a high contrast gray fixed screen from Elite. after 9 months of viewing it coupled with a panasonic ae900u i would say its a little dark on the colors. I have uncontrolled light entering the theatre room in the early afternoon and the screen seems to do ok with the light, but colors are too dark at any time it seems.
post #147 of 1663
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Originally Posted by htpartyshack View Post

Kim - glad to hear it's working. Did you get the high contrast gray or the white screen?

High contrast grey.

Some day, I'd like to have a dedicated home theater.

Our projector is in a multi-purpose room on our second floor. Five windows on one side of the room and a stairwell on the other. Ambient light is an issue. Grey works.

I'm satisfied with the Elite Cinetension. For now.

- Kim
post #148 of 1663
Guys-

I haven't posted in a while, but I have the high Contrast Grey Screen and have been happy for about 10 months now. I think your screen depends on a lot of variables, but the most important is you and your room.
post #149 of 1663
I purchased the Panny 900u and a 94" Elite Tab Tensioned HCG screen the same day without doing any research into the quality of Elite.... I got lucky!!! I researched the Panny and researched the types of screens and figured a HCG would be my best bet.

First I would like to say that my viewing environment is NOT what you would call optimal by any means. I have 4 very large windows surrounded by white walls a white ceiling and light carpeting. My girlfriend does not like such high contrast lighting so she wants even ambient light on during viewing when its night time. I placed my projector just 10.3 feet from my screen ceiling mounted using almost all of the zoom available on the Panny. My seating is 13 feet from my screen and to my surprise having the projector in front of my seating is not very distracting. I figured I needed to keep as much light from the projector as I could.

My installation with the screen unfortunately wasn't quite as enduring as my viewing of it...for the most part. I had to drill a hole into the case of my screen so I could adjust the hex screw for my drop down height. Then I realized after measuring the actual screen itself that I have an extra 1.4 inches vertical; instead of being 45X80 I have 46.4X80. I decided not to send the screen back and am living with the abnormal size of the screen.

So how do I like the screen? Considering all the disadvantages facing my setup I don't think I could be much happier with my setup. Even with the christmas tree lights now brighting up the room I can't help but appreciate what I'm seeing in front of me. For less then $2,000 I was able to get a 94" Motorized Tab tension screen and a HD projector that looks stunning during Monday Night Football. My GF parents have a 48" Plasma that they paid 2x as much for and they LOVE watching my setup over their own.

I have been recommending this type of setup for anyone looking into buying a new TV. You honestly can't beat the Size and Quality for the price of this setup compared to a LCD or Plasma TV. Only down factor is the bulb replacement, but in my opinion its worth it. My last setup was a Sony RPTV that I paid 3k for, not long after I purchased it I viewed my first FP setup and kicked myself.
post #150 of 1663
FYI: I just got off the phone with elite screens after talking to sales person. I'll summarize the material used in Elite screen here. They are not the same info as on the web site.

The manual screen high contrast grey used the same material as silvermax series. They have screen gain 0.9 and darker than HC grey used in Elite Cinetension and ezFRame. The Elite Cinetension has screen gain of 1.1.

The manual, Vmax, ezCinema, ezCinema+, tripod series share the same matte white screen with gain of 1.1 . The side view angle is 50 degree.

The Vmax plus has Matte White-Fiberglass screen.

The home series matte white has fiberglass reenforced. The gain is 1.1 with 50 degree side view angle.

The matte white in Elite silver frame use tension high gain white material. The gain is 1.5 with side view angle 60 degree.

Cinetension, EZFrame, QuickFold use same tension matte white. The view angle is 100 degree with gain 1.1
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