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post #31 of 713
Here's some more info on these screens..... I've done some research and it appears these screens are an OEM product direct from China. The screens are manufactured by Victory Industry Development Company, and apparently the "Focupix" brand name was given to them by HTDepot (AKA photoinkdepot on EBay). It looks like this manufacturer has a good reputation in China. Here is the manufacturer's website - might be able to get more info from them. (sorry, not allowed to post links yet)

I was thinking of purchasing one, but I don't like the black borders counting as part of the screen size!!!! I want 92" viewable not "86".

PS.... HTDepot has another website that sells mounts (I'm guessing also from China). It's mountdirect (sorry not allowed to post links yet) I ordered the NPL mount and received it yesterday. Good quality with all the features I needed. And, it was a much lower price than I could find anywhere else. When I received it, there was a coupon code included to save 10% on a screen. I'll post the coupon code if anyone is interested.
post #32 of 713
I spoke to HTDepot today- they said not much difference between HDVio and non-HDVio screen. 0.1 gain.
They could not be precise but also said the side borders are only about 2" or less, so a 105" wide screen (120 dia) has an image width of about 101". Does this sound right to those of you with these screens?
post #33 of 713
I just measured and yes, the side borders are each 2 inches wide.
The bottom is 2 inches as well.
post #34 of 713
Thanks.
post #35 of 713
HDVio VS regular "not much difference"? Not right. I emailed them a while back about the difference between the HDVio line and regular before ordering mine, and the answer I got was different. Maybe the rep you talked to did not give correct info...
Can't find that email, but I do remember I was told that the HDVio line use premium case and fabric material. The case is aluminum so it weight less but should be more durable. And the fabric is thicker with some special fabric processing, so image quality it gets is usually better. Also, the HDVio line includes a complete set of mounting hardware. The regular line does not. They also said that the HDVio design looks better, which I agree with. Of course, you may feel different on this one.

I orderred the regular one because I have to have 120" in size. But hopefully the info can help some folks here.

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Originally Posted by ritter View Post

I spoke to HTDepot today- they said not much difference between HDVio and non-HDVio screen. 0.1 gain.
They could not be precise but also said the side borders are only about 2" or less, so a 105" wide screen (120 dia) has an image width of about 101". Does this sound right to those of you with these screens?
post #36 of 713
Does anyone have a coupon from HTDEPOT?

Thank you.
post #37 of 713
mountdir10
post #38 of 713
Here it is April 20th. I've had the 92" HDVio screen for about 2 months.

It is reliable, it never fails to do what you tell it (up, down, stop).
Visibly near perfect, I don't notice any waves and uniformity of the surface is great.

Quality of workmanship I'd have to give them about 95%.
There are a couple small spots that are not exactly perfect around the border, but I only noticed them at first and no longer see them at all.
The aluminum case is kind of elegant. I just wanted to hide my Greywolf case, but not this one.

The "new screen" smell hasn't altogether dissipated but it's much less now.

The PQ from my Mitsubishi HD1000U is wonderful. I'm so pleased with this combination. Last night Underworld came on HDTV - it was fantastic!!

Keep in mind that the thing has a very large black border all the way around so you are not surprised by the viewable screen size being less than the advertised size. That's the biggest hurdle IMHO.
post #39 of 713
I found a sweet deal on a 105" Fixed Frame 16:9 Focupix. I was seriously debating the whole Goo/Gatorboard/Behr Silverscren route, but this screen was hard to beat. Plus if you put in "Dreamscape" while you are ordering before 4-28 you get an extra $100 off, so out the door it was $250 for thsi screen. I am hooking up my Panny 1000U to it next week and will let you all know how it looks!
post #40 of 713
My screen was delivered a few weeks back and I got around installing it today.

Powered it up and nothing happened. Checked the connections, remote and everything else. All looks good. The out put from the trasformer is also good, could it be that the transmitter/receiver is not working ?

Any idea if I could do something about it ? I threw away the box last week and moreover the return period has passed already. Lesson learnt but would appreciate if anyone could help here.

Thanks
post #41 of 713
teKillah, have you called them? Seems like that would be my move at this point.
My first move would be to try it out the day I received it.
Understood "Real Life" might get in the way of that.
Make sure the outlet you plugged it into is live?
post #42 of 713
Answers to one of the many who have PM'd me - thought more would like to get this:

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Unless they have gotten much busier you should hear back within 24 hours.
I like my screen, it has limitations but it also didn't cost an arm, a leg and / or an organ of your choice.

I wish it had stops, but it has a three button remote, up - stop - down. It's simple and seems to be well constructed, the round aluminum housing doesn't make me want to cover the thing up like the GreyWolf white boxy thing.

Anyway, if you do go with them I'm sure you will do your research and get answers from them before they ship you a product. They are the only ones who would actually get a tape measure out and measure the true length of the housing. That's really when I pulled the trigger.

Rick
post #43 of 713
FWIW Mine works like a champ (burrried in ceiling) and looks better than the Da Lite Model C it replaced.
Eventhough the canister is much smaller there are few if any lines- the DL had plenty.

Highly recommended
post #44 of 713
Does the screen let light through from behind? As in if I hang the screen over a window will light from the window get through?

If anyone knows, or is able to test it (bright flashlight should be good enough) I would be forever grateful. Please specify whether you tested the HDVio or regular model.

If anyone has the HDVio 110 inch, what is the black drop at the top?

I've emailed them regarding the drop, but have yet to hear back.

Also, this is beside the point sort of, but does anyone have an idea as to how to make this screen stop at a specific location? I'm thinking something that will send the "down" signal, then send the "stop" signal xx.x seconds later-- I know harmony remotes can do this, but the HDVio is RF, not IR.

Thanks.

edit: I got a reply from them today- the delay was because they are getting a new version of the HDVio with slightly higher gain (1.3), a new remote, etc, so he had to gather information for me. The black drop on the 110 inch model is 8 inches. I didn't ask about the light, so I'll email back about that.
post #45 of 713
I have the 110" hdvio and opened it all the way right now. The black drop at the top is in fact 11.5" while the height is 65". Maybe the new models have 8"

I have a Harmony H659 (IR) and would love to be able to operate the screen as well but as you mentioned, this screen uses RF signals. The Harmony H890 is RF.

Can anyone confirm if the H890 would be able to operate this screen?

EDIT: I just checked about light coming through from the back... and (drums roll...) light does not get through. The back side is all black - in fact, it is the same black paint being used on the black borders. I will check again at night when is dark but I doubt it

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Originally Posted by EocThermos View Post

...If anyone has the HDVio 110 inch, what is the black drop at the top?

I've emailed them regarding the drop, but have yet to hear back.

Also, this is beside the point sort of, but does anyone have an idea as to how to make this screen stop at a specific location? I'm thinking something that will send the "down" signal, then send the "up" signal xx.x seconds later-- I know harmony remotes can do this, but the HDVio is RF, not IR.

Thanks.

edit: I got a reply from them today- the delay was because they are getting a new version of the HDVio with slightly higher gain (1.3), a new remote, etc, so he had to gather information for me. The black drop on the 110 inch model is 8 inches. I didn't ask about the light, so I'll email back about that.
post #46 of 713
What do you mean by black paint? Like the color of the fabric? Or was it just "painted black" at the edge. I dunno, that sounds rather... cheap I guess.

Gruvars, any complaints with the screen? No problems with waves or the motor?

Sorry for being such a skeptic, but my skepticism is why I am almost always completely satisfied with a product when I buy it!

And if I do get the screen I'll try to figure out something to do so that it can be controlled via a universal remote. Or I'll get lazy and be happy with it how it is!
post #47 of 713
I had a 60" HDTV for almost 5 years and just replaced it with this screen 2 months ago. It's being used with the Mits HD1000 projector and I feel very satisfied with the screen.

Now, I would say wait for other's opinion as I am no expert when it comes to screens. I had to read a lot before I made the decision to go with the projector and screen.

Regarding the black borders from the screen, it's definetely not "painted", that's the term I used. The back of the screen is all black just like the borders.

I just turned off all the lights and placed the flash light behind the screen and noticed a round circle of light. It was very dim thought and light did not go through.

No waves yet... no complaints with the motor but I have not seen other electric screens. It comes down very smooth but I wished it came down faster. I would have loved for the motor to be programmable, say I did not want the screen to come all the way down and stop at a certain position but I can live with that.

I can do any other tests if you want.
post #48 of 713
How slow is it? No need to time, just interested in an approximation- 30 seconds or so?

If the screen is wall mounted, how far out is the screen itself from the wall when down? How does it mount to the wall? How thick/durable is the screen material?

And I'll definitely contact you or post a guide as to an inexpensive way to operate this screen to create a programmable stop and possibly use it with an IR remote, if I do manage to figure out a way to do such a thing.
post #49 of 713
45 seconds fully extended. Only 40 seconds to where I need it to be.

It wall mounts by using 2 metal brackets. You use 3 screws on each bracket to secure the screen. Although the screen is light, in my opinion, you still need two people to mount it. The screen is 2 inches away from the wall when down, but I first placed a 2x4 on the wall, then mounted the screen on the 2x4 so that the screen could be 4" away from the wall. If I decide to have an lcd in the future then I will probably use another 2x4 .

The screen material is where I don't have much experience with? It looks thick... and the image looks better than using the wall. No waves yet but I have not used it as much as I have wanted to. I watched a movie earlier today and will watch another one shortly.

I can definetely answer more specific questions as that will help me learn more about screens.

Keep in mind the black borders take some inches away from the 110"

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Originally Posted by EocThermos View Post

How slow is it? No need to time, just interested in an approximation- 30 seconds or so?

If the screen is wall mounted, how far out is the screen itself from the wall when down? How does it mount to the wall? How thick/durable is the screen material?

And I'll definitely contact you or post a guide as to an inexpensive way to operate this screen to create a programmable stop and possibly use it with an IR remote, if I do manage to figure out a way to do such a thing.
post #50 of 713
Yes, I know about the black borders- I can only throw a 104-106 inch image max, so this size should be perfect. Where's the mounting hardware? At the ends of the screen?

Thanks for the replies.
post #51 of 713
Yes, mounting hardware is at the ends of the screen.

Quote:
Originally Posted by EocThermos View Post

Yes, I know about the black borders- I can only throw a 104-106 inch image max, so this size should be perfect. Where's the mounting hardware? At the ends of the screen?

Thanks for the replies.
post #52 of 713
Hmm, I think I've run out of things to ask! Thanks for your replies and I'll post if I come up with more questions.

This is definitely the screen I plan to go with, unless I decide I'd rather not spend the extra money for the electric.

Thanks again.
post #53 of 713
I am getting an 80 inch hdvio. Which screen type should I get - high contrast or normal? I am also buying a Mits HD100.
post #54 of 713
Any idea if you can use a trigger with these screens / has anyone set one up with a trigger?

Also, has anyone reduced the drop to, say, 2-3" succesfully, either by removing the fabric or internal adjustments?
post #55 of 713
What do you mean by "reduce the drop to 2-3"?

You can stop the screen at any point when coming down. In other words, if you only want the viewable portion of the screen without seeing the extra 11" or so of black material, then just press the stop button at that point.

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Originally Posted by Jordan View Post

Any idea if you can use a trigger with these screens / has anyone set one up with a trigger?

Also, has anyone reduced the drop to, say, 2-3" succesfully, either by removing the fabric or internal adjustments?
post #56 of 713
Richard, I think it comes down to personal preference. A gray screen will darken the blacks, but also darken everything else. Personally, I prefer the pop of a bright image on a white screen, and the black levels don't really bother me. The HD1000U is certainly plenty bright to use a high contrast screen if you want, but it really is whatever you prefer.

Jordan, the closest I can think of is if you can find a way to use the trigger to send an rf signal to the screen to lower the screen.
post #57 of 713
No, pressing the stop button isn't an option. The operation needs to be controlled by the projector - when the pj turns on the screen drops into the proper position, when the projector turns off, the projector rises to the closed position. A relay switch is enough if I have access to a manual contact for operation (like a wall switch), but the optimal drop (black at the top) is going to be close to 3", and a full 10" inches will cause problems with the height of the bottom of the screen.

It would be a "permanent" stop position, often changed via a set screw or other means. I went ahead and sent a RFI into the web store, but figured that someone with hands-on experience might have better information than a sales rep.
post #58 of 713
from another thread:

just FYI on the viewable sizes. It appears they updated their site with info. Here's the scoop for all of their 16:9 Electric screens (not just the HDVio models):


158" diagonal - 150" viewable

141" diagonal - 133" viewable

125" diagonal - 120" viewable

110" diagonal - 106" viewable

103" diagonal - 100" viewable

100" diagonal - 95" viewable

96" diagonal - 92" viewable

92" diagonal - 86" viewable

84" diagonal - 80" viewable

80" diagonal - 77" viewable


It seems the non-HDVio models have a better viewing size. Maybe due to thinner trim along the edges.
post #59 of 713
Any waves or wrinkles developing in anyones screens? I have a da-lite model b pulldown.. were moving shortly and getting a larger screen. I cant stand the wrinkles my dalite has now.
post #60 of 713
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gruvars View Post

45 seconds fully extended. Only 40 seconds to where I need it to be.

It wall mounts by using 2 metal brackets. You use 3 screws on each bracket to secure the screen. Although the screen is light, in my opinion, you still need two people to mount it. The screen is 2 inches away from the wall when down, but I first placed a 2x4 on the wall, then mounted the screen on the 2x4 so that the screen could be 4" away from the wall. If I decide to have an lcd in the future then I will probably use another 2x4 .

The screen material is where I don't have much experience with? It looks thick... and the image looks better than using the wall. No waves yet but I have not used it as much as I have wanted to. I watched a movie earlier today and will watch another one shortly.

I can definetely answer more specific questions as that will help me learn more about screens.

Keep in mind the black borders take some inches away from the 110"


So are you saying that the screen on your hdvio has a 11 inch drop from the ceiling including the case? I ask because I have a 8' cei;ling and I am using the optoma hd70. Also can anyone take pics of the mounts?
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