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Who sells good quality screen material for DIY build?

I debated whether to put this in the DIY section or not but felt I might get more advice here.

I currently have QualGear screen which has serviced me well for the latest 2.5 years but I am wanting to make the switch to a CinemaScope screen and not a standard size 114”, I do know some brands offer bespoke sizes but frankly they are out of the price bracket I’m willing to pay so my question is who sell decent quality Stretchy screen material for the DIY market other than Carl’s Place.

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Dreamscreen and SeymourAV are two that come to mind.

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Just about every company will, including Stewart.
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Just about every company will, including Stewart.
Didn't realise Stewart Filmscreen also sold material, bet it's material is WAY more expensive and everyone else.

Found a brand that will sell me material and is actually a 2 hours down the road from me that seems to be a big player in the commercial side of things Harkness Screens. Has anyone heard of them or used their stuff, they have recommended to me Stagelite Contrast Grey 70 as I was keen to improve on my Epson's black levels.

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I debated whether to put this in the DIY section or not but felt I might get more advice here.

I currently have QualGear screen which has serviced me well for the latest 2.5 years but I am wanting to make the switch to a CinemaScope screen and not a standard size 114”, I do know some brands offer bespoke sizes but frankly they are out of the price bracket I’m willing to pay so my question is who sell decent quality Stretchy screen material for the DIY market other than Carl’s Place.
If you're into DIY try https://mehlau.net/video/diy-spandex-projection-screen/
Doesn't get any cheaper.

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If you're into DIY try https://mehlau.net/video/diy-spandex-projection-screen/
Doesn't get any cheaper.
Thanks for the suggestion but I can’t mount my speakers behind the screen so looking something other than spandex.

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Thanks for the suggestion but I can’t mount my speakers behind the screen so looking something other than spandex.
You don't need to mount your speakers behind the screen (although this will greatly increase quality of presentation) when using Spandex.

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Didn't realise Stewart Filmscreen also sold material, bet it's material is WAY more expensive and everyone else.

Found a brand that will sell me material and is actually a 2 hours down the road from me that seems to be a big player in the commercial side of things Harkness Screens. Has anyone heard of them or used their stuff, they have recommended to me Stagelite Contrast Grey 70 as I was keen to improve on my Epson's black levels.
I've vaguely heard of Harkness Screens, but I don't think I've ever seen one. Stewart isn't necessarily more expensive than other brands. S.I. isn't exactly cheap these days, and the Cima Neve screen can be less expensive than Da Lite's HD Pro. line of screens.
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I've vaguely heard of Harkness Screens, but I don't think I've ever seen one. Stewart isn't necessarily more expensive than other brands. S.I. isn't exactly cheap these days, and the Cima Neve screen can be less expensive than Da Lite's HD Pro. line of screens.
Don’t know if it’s just coincidence but the Stagelite Contrast Grey 70 seems to have similar characteristics with Stewart’s GrayMatte 70 in that they had roughly the same fall off as the viewing angle moves. My only concern is switching from 1.1gain down to 0.7gain how will this affect my HDR capabilities?

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I debated whether to put this in the DIY section or not but felt I might get more advice here.

I currently have QualGear screen which has serviced me well for the latest 2.5 years but I am wanting to make the switch to a CinemaScope screen and not a standard size 114”, I do know some brands offer bespoke sizes but frankly they are out of the price bracket I’m willing to pay so my question is who sell decent quality Stretchy screen material for the DIY market other than Carl’s Place.

I'm considering a screen from this brand for a home gym. I see they offer a 2.33:1 in a 115. For the price its maybe worth a try?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4WSL4I
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Don’t know if it’s just coincidence but the Stagelite Contrast Grey 70 seems to have similar characteristics with Stewart’s GrayMatte 70 in that they had roughly the same fall off as the viewing angle moves. My only concern is switching from 1.1gain down to 0.7gain how will this affect my HDR capabilities?
Depending on your screen size, you'll take a hit on brightness.
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Depending on your screen size, you'll take a hit on brightness.
I’m moving from 100” 16:9 to 115” Cinemascope.

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Not sure why you posted in this section if you are looking for extremely inexpensive.

Dreamscreen V6 would be your best bet for DIY and ultimate performance.

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Not sure why you posted in this section if you are looking for extremely inexpensive.

Dreamscreen V6 would be your best bet for DIY and ultimate performance.
I posted here because generally the DIY section seems to be mostly acoustically transparent screens and I could do one of them so I thought this section would yield a better result for companies that sell material separately.

I looked at Dreamscreen but I thought they only done AT screens?

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I posted here because generally the DIY section seems to be mostly acoustically transparent screens and I could do one of them so I thought this section would yield a better result for companies that sell material separately.

I looked at Dreamscreen but I thought they only done AT screens?
I misinterpreted one of your posts. I thought you needed an AT screen.

Carls is probably the least expensive that you will find. I haven't done any comparisons, so I can't say how they stack up to other screens. It sounds like you don't want to spend Stewart prices, but they are the best. I think you can find Dalite and Draper material for a decent price. Another option is to buy a pull down or up screen from one of these manufacturers and then cut the material out. You can then install it in a fixed frame.

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I misinterpreted one of your posts. I thought you needed an AT screen.

Carls is probably the least expensive that you will find. I haven't done any comparisons, so I can't say how they stack up to other screens. It sounds like you don't want to spend Stewart prices, but they are the best. I think you can find Dalite and Draper material for a decent price. Another option is to buy a pull down or up screen from one of these manufacturers and then cut the material out. You can then install it in a fixed frame.
I’m not saying price is an issue per se, it’s just that I don’t need a complete screen package as I’m more than capable of building the frame myself plus I ideally want a size that’s not readily available from the main brands, I realise the likes of Stewart’s etc will make to suit but I’d much prefer to buy the material and stretch it over my own frame.

Ideally what I want is a screen material I know is better than I’m currently using, is grey to improve my black level without compromising my colours and offer value for money rather than absolute performance regardless the cost.

So what I am really asking is who’s material offers the best performance for your money and will sell it separately.

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