Originally Posted by ddgdl
Do you need the high gain? If yes, no other AT option can compare to the 130 microperf if you have the space for it.
But if you don't need the high gain, the Dreamscreen v6 sold by AVS is the best AT screen. You can't tell the difference between it and a non-AT material from any distance greater than about 18 inches, and because it is woven, the speakers can be placed within an inch or so of the material. Plus, the v6 is going to be way, way, way cheaper than the 130.
My theater is light controlled and totally blacked out with velvet and black acoustic panels for 12ft past the screen. I would probably be okay with the gain of the V6. I like a pretty bright picture though - I do a lot of gaming. The cheaper material would allow room in the budget for a larger size though, and/or motorized masking.
Originally Posted by westmd
When I bought my V6 about two years ago I researched the topic AT screens a bit. General statements were that for a home theater microperf screens should be avoided because of a) loss in trebble (cinemas use horn speakers with much more power to push high frequencies through the screen) and b) the risk of moiree effects.
Again that was pure research online no testing myself. I can only say that the V6 only marginally alters the high frequencies which can easily be solved with an EQ (I use Dirac Live in my Datasat LS10) and picture quality is outstanding. The lower gain of the V6 I will try to solve with the NX9 (higher light output) and a Paladin DCR lens.
I value sound quality a lot, and I love the highs from the tweeters on my B&Ws, so maybe I can get a sample and see how microperf affects them. This is a great point to think about.
Originally Posted by Craig Peer
I absolutely love my ( not perf'd ) StudioTek 130 screen. It provides a razor sharp image with just the right amount of gain. That's probably why they are used for projector demos at Cedia so often. I've seen the micro perf version in home theaters and they look very good. Get a sample.
The first thing to do is decide whether you are going with an AT screen or not - sounds like you aren't sure.
Indeed, that's the question! After this discussion, I am leaning towards the ST130 non-perf. I would comprimise on image size, but have maximum image quality, audio quality, and brightness, amongst the options.
Sounds like the first thing to do though is to order some samples and compare them to what I'm used to looking at today. Thanks all for the input!