I haven't seen much feedback from ST owners of acoustically transparent screens here, so I thought I would share my experience.
I ordered my 120" AT screen from Amazon on Sept 24th and received it, and installed it, on September 30th. Except for some stubborn minor puckering of the seam on the bottom of the screen, no problems. It's been about 10 days with no change in the puckering, even after the hair dryer fix the website recommends. (The hair dryer worked on the other wrinkles, though.) Looks like the heat-sealed seam just had the pucker in it when it was sealed together. Just in two places on one edge (the bottom), but nowhere else. I'll give it another week and reach out to ST if it doesn't go away.
I replaced a Draper (now Accuscreens) 106" AT screen with the ST 120", (the old screen, the Draper/Accuscreens one, is for sale in the Classifieds section, BTW) and the PQ seems to be basically the same. The 'old' screen had basically no texture and comparable gain, and to my eyes the ST screen looks the same, only bigger.
For those interested, the gain of the ST screen seems visibly to be the same as a sample of Seymour's XD fabric. (I compared the sample to the ST screen on a white section while the PJ was on. Neither fabric was brighter than the other. The ST screen has less texture/pattern to it, though. Seymour's UD fabric had visibly less gain when tested the same way. Much less texture in the UD than either the ST screen or XD fabric.
A couple days after I installed the ST screen I wrote a review on Amazon. Here it is, for those interested.
This is my third acoustically transparent screen...the last was a Draper AT1200 106" screen. I wanted to go bigger because my new JVC RS46u can throw a bright enough picture in 3D to make this possible. I've been a home theater fan for many years, and have owned a dedicated theater for well over a decade. Since the days of Laserdiscs, CRT projectors, and Dolby Surround. (You might find me on AVSForum, Emotiva Lounge, or the Polk Audio Forum as "rtart.")
As part of my constant upgrade path, I did a lot of reading online before pulling the trigger on the ST screen reviewed here so had no surprises about the assembly instructions (or lack thereof). Watching the YouTube video makes it all clear, and a little mechanical inclination makes it fairly easy to put together and mount. The biggest issue with screens is their shipping size and cost...a ten foot long box is going to cost to ship. ST makes this screen frame in sections, so the longer (top and bottom) frame sections have to be connected somehow. ST manages this issue well, with a very sturdy connector between the two sections. The frame side sections are one piece, so no middle connection is necessary. Corners go together with reinforcing brackets and screws, and are very sturdy. After joining the top and bottom halves, put the corner brackets on the top and bottom first, then connect the frame sides.
I recommend adding the hanging brackets at this point, and figure out how you are going to mount the screen to the wall. Trust me, it's easier to do if you can reach through before the fabric is installed. Once you mount the wall bracket halves onto the wall, its time to install the fabric. Pull down the frame and lay it "ugly" side up.
Roll out the fabric and thread in the rods in the pockets. The shorter ones go on the top and bottom and meet in the middle. Start in with every third spring to get started, then fill in the ones that are missing. (The diagram does help a little here....the springs should clip down over the rods, and then the other end into the channel on the frame)
Fabric is pulled snugly by the springs, but inserting the middle supports (there are 2 here) was easy. I installed the hanging brackets onto the frame first, and set one end against the bracket while "encouraging" the other end to the other bracket with a mallet. If you orient them correctly (see the diagram) they will go in pretty easily...but you WILL need a mallet to get it done. Don't be shy, but you might want to wrap the mallet in a clean cloth to protect the screen surface.
A few small wrinkles in the screen, but I expect them to come out in a day or two. If this is an issue, I will revisit this review.
Fabric appears to indeed be 1.1 gain, as compared to my other screens and a couple of samples from other manufacturers. Acoustic performance also appears to be as good as past screens I have owned. The weave of the fabric is invisible from my viewing distance, which is around 11 feet.
All things considered, this is a substantial screen that appears to have cost a LOT more than I paid. I would recommend it to anyone considering it. Took me about an hour, by myself, from opening the box to watching a movie.
I'm finding that I'm smarter than I thought, but dumber than I need to be.
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Last edited by rtart; 10-19-2015 at 09:11 AM.