In case it's helpful, below are some close up and macro photos of the screens, click to see the image in a larger size:
All four screens:
Top left: Company A grey
Top right: Company A white
Bottom left: Company B grey
Bottom right: Company B white
Company A white: (6:1 macro, 3:1 macro)
Company A grey: (6:1 macro, 3:1 macro)
Company B white: (6:1 macro, 3:1 macro)
Company B grey: (6:1 macro, 3:1 macro)
None of the images above are edited in any way. The point of the photos, especially in the 3:1 shots, is to show the texture of the screens, not the actually color of the screens. The color can be seen in the top photo of this post.
I'd go with Company A in white and pay to have it customized the way you prefer. The visible texture of Company B's screens would drive me crazy!
I would like to say a big thank you to [email protected], fanbrain, Javatime, FLBoy and especially
FremontRich, who all gave me helpful advice that led to me having enough information, help
and opinions to make a confident decision.
From a screen material standpoint, it's probably pretty obvious that I was leaning towards
company A, as they do have the better material, and for the amount of money I'm spending
it's silly to get the obviously inferior screen. (Now I just had to justify the extra cost to myself.)
First, I was doing some thinking about how 2.35:1 movies would look zoomed in to fill up the
100" width, and I thought of a possible issue with the border at the bottom:
(Since I'm not a native Japanese speaker, I made the above to clearly explain myself.)
I don't want the projector shining "black", let alone colors (such as subtitles) on the weight
bar or below the screen, so I realized there was some real merit to having a longer black
matte area under the screen.
Then, I realized a way to use Company A's existing default screen to lengthen the bottom
without adding to my cost. (rotate the original screen 180 degrees)
The owner of Company A is the guy I've been dealing with the whole time, and hearing his
warranty and post-warranty terms, I feel pretty confident ordering this screen and dealing
So, order placed. I'll probably post some pics once it's arrived and set up.
Thanks again to everyone who helped.
(Manually added line breaks, since the width of my oh-so-professional MS Paint diagram makes the text hard to read.)
It came! It's installed, and I'm very happy with it. Here are just a few quick photos, if anyone's interested.
Here's how the room looked with the old screen:
Here's how the wall looks now that the new screen is installed:
(My wife is happy to be able to use the closet easily.)
And here's how the wall looks with the screen down:
I couldn't find any reasonable wall mounts for speakers in Japan, so I kind of created my own with some sink piping, a few nuts and bolts and some caulk. The speakers were covered with caulk from the first time I put them up when we moved in (wife preferred that to putting holes in the wall) so I cleaned them up as much as I could and painted them and the homemade pipe mount the same color as I used for the wall.
Now I just need that new projector! (Hurry up Epson and Panasonic! )
That's looking very nice!
Big improvement. That screen looks mean. Glad you went scope.
Its nice to see someone enjoying the hobby within means even without the typical huge theater room. Thats a true enthusiast. I hope you find your dream projector.
ResOGlas and Alan, thank you both for the kind words. The new screen looked good with my old projector, but the new screen looks amazing with the new projector.
the 2.2:1 is somewhere between CIH and CIA, but it works very nicely, as TV and games would be too big (for me, in my opinion) if it were CIA. I suspect that there are 1.85:1 movies where bigger would be good, but this screen really does seem to give the best of both worlds without getting more extravagant. (And trust me, the TW4000 and motorized screen were pushing my luck. )
Some screenshots, should anyone be interested, are here:
please paint that room dark. 1000% image improvement!
No go, my wife would never say yes to that. However, removable curtains and black cloth...that is a possibility. (The compromise had to be something she could easily put away when she wants the room to look like a normal tatami room.)
The improvement is definitely noticeable.
Some tiny (wall colored) removable adhesive hooks (for picture frames) are holding up the curtains on the left, and while it's very simple and cheap, it's very, very effective at improving the image and the viewing experience.
Tell her this is customary tatami HT room. Black walls
BTW nice improvement
wa****o with black cloth is almost sacrilegious, however those curtains will probably help the picture 1000%.
I was considering having a wa****o in my new house...but decided to go with a HT room instead....this thread almost makes me happy with the decision.
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