Originally Posted by MississippiMan
No Matte White AT material will suffice in anything less than total light control...and Spandex actually has a higher degree of ALR resistance than a Matte White AT Screen.due to it's Black underlayment.
There are only 2 ultra high end Mfg AT Screens in existence that feature a Grey surface, and both cost several $1000s
Carls Place sells a supposed "Nano Acoustic" Grey DIY material ("Nano" it ain't) for $80.00 yard, but it is nowhere near as AT as spandex, and the shade of Grey makes it come in under 0.8 gain.
Since the OP stated he wanted a comparison against a Silver Ticket AT screen, it's to be assumed that a $3600.00 screen isn't in the cards.
Severtson sells their 4k woven material of 138" 16:9 for under $1,000 ($384.95 for the same size by Carl's NA Grey) with backing material. It comes in two varieties: white at 1.18 gain and titanium ("ALR") at 0.93 gain with options of pockets or grommets for mounting. So that comes out to ~$300 per yard. Carl's only comes with grommets, and is $384.95. Which is slightly more at 2.58 times delta price difference.
You also have to consider Carl's doesn't come with a backing layer.
All in all, TAT-4k is a really good deal for a *DIY material only option considering the quality of the material which hands down beats sheerweave, and isn't microperf like NA Grey. It's still a bit expensive, but has an organic quality to it that I personally like way better than any other screen out there.
My only complaint is you can build a DIY screen of the same type grey and gain of a solid screen for more than 60% less, and even include a Whaley's Devore velvet trim border. So while TAT-4k is awesome, it's not over 60% awesome. Now if I didn't care about price, TAT-4k would be a no brainer.
Point being, Severtson's material alone isn't as out of reach as thousands of dollars, only under $1,000. Meaning you could make a 135" screen for ~$1,222.84. A 135" AT Silverticket would be $519.98, a delta of 1.74 times over SAT-4k. Which isn't too shabby.
*You guys on the DIY forum have a strange DIY philosophy. Elite and Severtson both sell material only, but doing so isn't considered "DIY," even if you make your own frame and border. But Carl's sells material only too, but is DIY.