Originally Posted by MississippiMan
Spandex in 2 layers trumps the AT performance of a single layer of Center Stage.....and the CS must be cut diagonally to help reduce the dreaded Morie effect that is so common in Mfg AT screens. That makes it all the more proportionately expensive.
I think the OP made the right call for his particular screen size. I just wanted to offer my opinion on the CS XD material. I had a spandex screen but switched to a Center Stage XD screen for increased sharpness and gain. The CS material is quite good for sound. Perhaps 1 or 2db difference from spandex across most of the spectrum and just a few extra db way up top. The hf rolloff did not bother me much so I needed no specific adjustments for the material.
Since my screen height is 99" I went with the full 98" material height with no diagonal. No moire or other artifacts to speak of. IMHO, there is no issue with the AT characteristics of CS XD, there is no Moire issue with large screens, and the smaller screens can be cut on a diagonal for just a bit more cost.
Spandex rocks for the price. It has a slightly soft image, a slight blue push, great audio, good gain, unlimited seating distance.
Center Stage XD also rocks for the price, albeit a higher price but certainly not expensive. It has a sharp image, is color neutral, has good audio, should not be used with seating distances < 11'.