Electric or Manual Floor Raising Screen Recommendations
This thread is semi DIY related so I initially posted it in the DIY section but its had no replies after a few days as there seems to be lower traffic there and the DIY they seem to be talking about mostly is DIY Fixed Screens and Paints etc. However, although I will ultimately be potentially DIY Modifying a Screen Recommended here, it is Pre-made screen recommendations I am looking for, so I feel this Thread does actually belong here and hope the mods don't move it back to DIY Screens.
Ultimately I want to build a 'Floor Raising' Screen inside the top of a Faux Radiator Cabinet under a wall mounted TV. To all intents and purposes it will look like a Radiator cabinet when not in use but when we want to use the Projector, the 'Floor Raising' screen will rise out of the top of the 'Radiator Cabinet' in front of the TV and the 5.1 sound will start booming out of the Low Profile Front, Left, Center & Right speakers and Subwoofer hidden inside the Radiator Cabinet.
Initially when I formulated this idea years ago, I planned to DIY everything including the Screen raising mechanisms by replicating what I saw on how these things work Online. However, upon restating research the other day I came across the VividStorm screens and the price while still a lot of money is a lot cheaper than I remember these things going for a few years ago. ie. a 120" Electric Floor Raising Screen with Long Throw ALR screen material and Tab Tensioning. After working out currency conversions and Customs Duties and Taxes, one of these screens would cost about €1,700 from Alibaba in China to my door here in Ireland. Unfortunately, I also then read that many people experienced Quality control issues with these VividStorm screens. I don't want to have spent that kind of money and then have to send the thing back to the other side of the world at great expense.
So I looked at other screens including Manual Floor Raising Screens and noted that they were shockingly cheaper. Sure these didn't have tab tensioning or ALR screen material but they were a Floor raising 120" screen for literally €300 !! I also noted how they worked. Piston Rods attached to the Scissors Lift Arms held the screen at whatever height the user manually pulled the screen up to. It seems to me that one of these Piston Rods could easily be replaced with a 12v Linear Actuator with the same Travel, which would electrically raise the screen. Suitable Linear Actuators are about €60 and an IR control box/relay probably a similar amount. I am presuming that the reason the manufacturers of Electric Floor Raising screens don't use Linear Actuators in there screens this was is that it would compromise the low profil formfactor of these screens designed to sit on a floor. However, for my use case with it mounted in the top of a Custom built Faux Radiator cabinet, I am not constrained the same way.
So basically, what I need is recommendations for 120" 16:9 Electric or Manual Floor Raising Screens. If there are suitable cheaper more locally available Electric screens those would be literally straight drop ins into my Radiator Cabinet whereas the Manual Floor Raising screens I would be modifying in order to electrically raise and lower them as described earlier. Therefor recommendations for both Electric and Manual Floor Raising screens are welcome! Google Algorithms are biasing my search results to my earlier searches and are just throwing up more VividStorm links. I've had a look on the sites of Screen makers that I know, like Da-Lite and Draper but theres a lot more reliable names in Projection screens nowadays compared to when I last looked and I don't want to miss any potential options.
Last edited by Ca1ibos; 06-27-2020 at 08:07 AM.