Hey Guys, I've been a member here for around 6-7 years, don't post often, but whenever I have questions, everyone is very willing to answer.
I do want to share my experience with the Elunevision screen that I ordered.
For the longest time (since 2005/06?), I've been using my beloved Panasonic PTAE-900u proggy. Love it! Bought it the day it came out.
I used my nice bright white primed wall in my dedicated HT room and the surrounding walls were deep "drumbeat red" and quite honestly, the panny 900 did an amazing job! I suspect the screen was around 80" that I ended up having painted on the wall and I sat back around 12-13 feet.
And I looked at projector screens at the time, but WHAT A PAIN!!! Different screen gains, grey screens, sizes, tab tension, motorized, and EXPENSIVE! I mean, $2k+ for a screen? And not only that, but the screens looked worse in my opinion! Every time I auditioned a white screen that looked like there were little crystals in the screen. I've learned these are called "sparklies" and I can't stand them. The response from the salesroom people is generally "You won't see it often, just during hockey" or "it helps brighten the picture."
My wife and I also see the Rainbow Effect of DLP projectors (Hence the LCD projector) so all the little details bug us. Even further, I was one of the ones who held out for the 900u rather than settle with the 700u which had "banding issues." I'm pretty finicky when it comes to perfection... The designer in me wants perfection in my images! I can't just "settle."
Anyways, we're now in a new home and unfortunately, the setup is NOT a dedicated room and we now have 2 small children. White walls are "Chalkboards" and so we needed something that we could turn our family room into a viewing room at night when everyone is in bed.
And so I started the screen search again, this time motorized and was looking for 120".
And so there's the usual suspects for high quality screens... But I'm not about to drop thousands of dollars on a screen... I just can't. Not with two little girls and this economy...
But then I found this review thread and was quite impressed with a number of the reviews. Another fellow at a company where I was looking to purchase a screen from online was telling me "Save another 10% if you buy a projector at the same time" and "You really should upgrade your 900u to the 7000."
Thanks buddy... Not helpful.
But last week while in the hotel room for Business, I decided it was time to pull the trigger and order a screen.
Now let me explain, It's very difficult to purchase a screen "sight unseen" when you've had a lot of bad experience. Sparklies, bleeding blacks, wrinkly screens, etc... I spoke with Milosh at Eastporters via email and his response was:
"The only flat-white matte screens you will find are Reference screens. If a screen is not a Reference series screen, it will have hot-spotting/sparkles/sheen/glimmer/texturing, doesn't matter whether EluneVision or another brand. The Titan is no exception, though it has less texturing than other screens that cost anywhere in its price range.
If you want zero hot-spotting/sparkles/sheen/glimmer, in addition to the color accuracy and no pixel degradation, then you'd need to go with a Reference screen:"
So I took a leap of faith and figured, if it didn't work out, I could return the screen if it was another disappointment...
So I pulled the trigger that night and ordered the 120" tab tensioned motorized reference screen... This was at 7pm.
Next day, I saw that it was on a Purolator truck and the second day my wife emailed me and said "It arrived and this thing is freakin' huge!!!"
I got home that evening and must admit, I was pretty nervous. The box was in fact-HUGE! It was around 12 feet long and quite intimidating in a 14 foot wide room.
I un-boxed it "Twice" as it was double boxed with plastic bands for protection. It was really well packaged. Not much more to tell until we temporarily hung it up to watch Avatar that night. So I hooked up my projector on a table, mounted the screen quickly, played with the remote and once the kids went to bed... we sat down with a bowl of popcorn and put the movie in.
And my first reaction??? WOW!!!!!!!
What a beautiful picture!!!!! I was nervous that it would be too big or that the colours would be dull (Afterall, my Panny 900u was washed up according to another sales guy)
There's something about Pandora with all the bright beautiful colours that's absolutely amazing on a 10 foot wide screen in front of you. It was truly amazing. ZERO hotspots. ZERO sparklies. ZERO image defects...
I was absolutely thrilled.
Now, three days later and racking up about 10 hours of viewing (Avatar and the LOTR trilogy) and these are my Pro's and cons.
1. I've never seen a projected picture look this good, even in showrooms for less than $3k. Even at 120" the price gets close to that mark for the tab tensioned screens.
2. The PICTURE!
3. RF remote - no line of sight. and it has a clever little laser pointer built in. Not sure why, but I do find myself playing with the cat while the movie is paused for whatever reason... if that's the reason the laser is in it, absolutely BRILLIANT! Now THAT is a Man remote!
To start with, I feel bad about the cons... They really are nitpicking. Stupid little issues that may not even deserve attention.
1. The drop limit setting. The instructions were not the best and I played with the hex screw thing for around an hour before I finally knew what to expect. I just stood there winding and winding and winding... No clue what was happening, if it was broken even... But then you hear these little clicks and think "That sounds promising"
2. Mounting kit comes with these little green drywall plugs. For a wall installation I'm sure they are fine, but for ceiling, I didn't trust them so opted to go to Rona and purchase much stronger plugs. With tabs that held them in place in case of accidental slippage.
So here's the ending to my little tale... I was so skeptical purchasing a screen online sight unseen. I took a leap of faith with Milosh and his recommendation because he sounded like he wasn't trying to pile up a bunch of BS...
Also, 120" is MUCH BIGGER than it sounds! I know, I know... 120" is 10 feet... but still, if you've never purchased a screen it's intimidating. I've got a 55" LCD mounted behind where the screen extends, and must say... 55" is almost pathetic by comparison!!!
Anyways, hope my experience helps anyone who's on the fence. I'm a supporter of companies that provide a great product and manage to do so in such a way that provides exceptional value. The screen seems really well build, the motor appears very strong and cosmetically it looks pretty sharp.
I'd say that Eastporters gets a solid 10/10 over. Pre-sales inquiries were quickly responded to and helpful, delivery was fast, packaging was exceptional and the product is just a blessing! Now it's up to long term usage. If it stops working in 6 months you'll hear about it, but I don't suspect it will. I have no apprehension recommending this screen to anyone!
And one last thing, the drop limit challenges are not really a bad thing. After an hour of playing with it, the realization that you got it to work and that it's not broken is quite the emotional high! EXCELLENT! I don't need to send it back! lol