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Spandex vs seymour uf screen

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I am changing to AT screen from my elite 120 16 x9 inch sable screen. I will be using the frame with the new AT screen that I go with. Seating distance is 10-12ft. Pros and cons of both and comparisons if anyone has done them. I don't want to change screens again when I upgrade to 4k projector. Spandex milliskin matte vs seymour uf screen. Let me know what you guys suggest. Thanks in advance.
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Spandex vs seymour uf screen

Can’t speak to the Seymour, but I just recently built a 140” 2.39:1 screen using black and white spandex. Quite pleased thus far. Worth noting that I upgraded my projector at the same time to a JVC NX7 and it has not yet been calibrated.

Edit: If the DIY is a concern, I found the spandex really easy and forgiving to work with. From my perspective, I invested maybe $300 into this screen. If the spandex isn’t as good as the Seymour AT fabric then I’m going to change out.

Edit x2: I sit about 10’ from my screen and no discernible fabric texture is evident. Have to get about 5’ from the screen to see the weave. Also, no issues with sound quality.

Very happy thus far!




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I tested a bunch of AT samples with an Epson 5050 and for me the UF and Dreamscreen V6 were too soft of an image. I actually preferred the spandex over both of them. Best to get samples and try them out yourself.


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Can’t speak to the Seymour, but I just recently built a 140” 2.39:1 screen using black and white spandex. Quite pleased thus far. Worth noting that I upgraded my projector at the same time to a JVC NX7 and it has not yet been calibrated.

Edit: If the DIY is a concern, I found the spandex really easy and forgiving to work with. From my perspective, I invested maybe $300 into this screen. If the spandex isn’t as good as the Seymour AT fabric then I’m going to change out.

Edit x2: I sit about 10’ from my screen and no discernible fabric texture is evident. Have to get about 5’ from the screen to see the weave. Also, no issues with sound quality.

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Thank you for the input. I am glad to see that the weave will not be a issue and no sound quality issues.
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I tested a bunch of AT samples with an Epson 5050 and for me the UF and Dreamscreen V6 were too soft of an image. I actually preferred the spandex over both of them. Best to get samples and try them out yourself.


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Excellent. Are you using the black backing as well? Would I benefit more going with a light silver backing to improve contrast levels?
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Excellent. Are you using the black backing as well? Would I benefit more going with a light silver backing to improve contrast levels?
Its best to go with white over black. The black backing is what improves the contrast levels. Also make sure the front wall and everything behind the screen is black as well.

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Yes. Agreed w above. This is exactly how I have built my front wall and screen.


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Spandex is about 0.7 gain, it has a slight blue push, and a bit of softness dues to the fibers glowing a bit. I loved mine, especially for the price, but the gain and softness caused me to go to a Seymour material designed/modified for use as a projection screen. Given the price point of spandex it should be the first choice, if you are diy inclined. If you need more lumens you can always switch.
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With your seating distance you should consider the Seymour XD. I would have picked that over the spandex in my tests, but my seating distance is only around 8 to 8.5 feet.


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