Is going from a fixed frame screen to a Stewart VistaScope worth the big $$?
I have been wrestling with this decision for quite awhile now (too long) and now I am in the final stretch: I have 3 options (all 14' 2:40:1 native): 1) fixed frame Stewart ST100 ($) 2) Stewart Vertical Masking System, black masking lowers like a window shade turning a 2:40:1 into a 1:85:1 masked ratio, so only a two ratio screen, big $$ or 3) Stewart VistaScope variable masking screen, huge $$$. Option 2 may or may not be doable due to an angled black velvet valance getting in the way of the large top case frame.
My projector is the 5000es. I mainly watch blurays, and stream occasionally. There is no cable tv in the theater.
No doubt all 3 options are excellent high quality solutions from Stewart. However, I am drawn to the infinitely variable VistaScope, as it is a beautiful piece that is without compromise, but it's really pushing the limits of my budget, which has thus far prevented me from pulling the trigger. I am open to all feedback, but especially from those that have gone from a fixed frame screen, then upgraded to option 2 or 3. For those who made the upgrade, do you feel the very high cost was worth it? This will be very helpful.
This is the last screen I intend to buy (excluding a possible screen material update if needed), as such I have given this lots of thought.
Last edited by G-Rex; 11-19-2016 at 05:02 AM.