Grandview screen review
I bought a 112” thin bezel screen 1.3 gain Grandview from dealer because they said i needed “a 4k screen” with my projector upgrade. Honestly it was a $1200 mistake.
It took about 2-3 weeks to receive the screen. It was delivered in a 2 day rainstorm while i was out of town and just left in the grass instead of sheltered on the porch. The box was significantly damaged and the plastic wrapping had come off as well as some external corner protectors. The cardboard was saturated in many locations. Nevertheless, when opened indoors the screen material was well protected and in perfect condition. A single frame piece had some crush bends to the end but was rebent to straight In like 5 seconds and then looked same as new. There are 1/8” diameter rods to hold the screen edges to the pins and 2 of them when removed from inside a piece of undamaged extruded aluminum came out wildly bent on multiple axis from the factory. These took about 10 minutes to straighten to something barely acceptably straight with locking pliers. Then i began liesurely assembling the frame. Small metal slivers came out of the boxes onto my freshly vacuumed carpet. At some point i got a small aluminum splinter in my finger and had to break for removal with fine tweezers. Then i cut one of my fingers on a sharp aluminum edge and had to deal with a small amount of bleeding during the rest of the assembly. Twice i got blood on the projector fabric (despite concentrating on preventing it) but it easily wiped off completely with a damp terrycloth. The instructions were difficult with small pictures and unusual phrases that were clearly not from a native English speaker. There were youtube videos for similar Grandview designs but not mine. The screen was rolled up with the front on the outside which i thought was less than ideal as it needs to be unrolled front up but wasnt that big of a deal. Only tools needed were a phillips screwdriver, pliers to straighten the bent pieces, and a hammer with two blocks of wood to persuade some of the pieces to fully seat. Total assembly was 3-4 hours. The felt bezel is junk and weakly friction fits to the frame edges. The felt covered corner pieces only fit with a slight rotation leaving unprofessional gaps.
But by far the worst problem was the screen material was simply cut too long, perhaps by 2”. There was some moderate vertical tension but absolutely no tension horizontally on the screen. Sadly it is desperately needed to remove to wrinkles from unrolling. The entire screen has numerous deep wrinkles from top to bottom the entire width of the screen. It looks terrible on any single color image or with any panning motion. I know resistant wrinkles have been removed with time, hair dryer, sunlight but the absolute lack of screen tension tells me these may improve slightly but are likely here to stay. This is completely unacceptable for a fixed frame screen.
I will be calling the dealer to get new material that hopefully was cut to the right dimensions. The screen roll had a notice saying something to the effect of wrinkles are not a reason for replacement. I hope i dont have a war. The edges are rolled over and sealed to make a pocket for the 1/8” diameter rods so its not like you can just cut off the extra material.
The screen otherwise seems bright and vivid, but extensive deep wrinkles and slackness make it unuseable and not as good as my old screen at 1/4th the price.
I will update with outcome of my complaint and some photos. I have had good luck with cheaper chinese brands. I wish I had spent slightly more this time and gotten an american Stewart Cima.
Last edited by stinkyonion; 05-01-2020 at 04:46 PM.