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I am trying to replace my OPtoma Graywolf screen with a fixed frame Dalite High Power screen that i want to make myself. I would like it to be about 100"-120" diagonal (not sure yet).


Can anyone point me in the absolute cheapest way to get the raw HP screen material? I have been getting crazy prices from some wholesalers, etc. Am i better getting a pull down screen and removing the fabric? Any links or referrals would be great.


Thanks.
 

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buy a roll down screen and tear it off
 

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Thanks. It seems funny that this is the cheapest method but that seems to be the case.
 

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Originally Posted by windrockwater /forum/post/15502392


Thanks. It seems funny that this is the cheapest method but that seems to be the case.

I think it is mostly a business market (high volume low margin) vs home theater (low volume high margin) thing where Da-Lite needs to price the drop down versions low in order to do their best in the business and school markets.


As far as size, I think the cheapest for pull-down is Model B at 106" diagonal or lower. Bigger than that and I think the price may jump a fair amount.


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It seems i can get the Model B in HP 106" for 1/3 the price of getting just the raw material to make a DIY screen! Insane! But I'll take it...
 

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Darin: Yes, unfortunately, the price of a pull down (e.g., Model C) -- at least the list price on Da-Lite site -- jumps substantially when you go above the size limits of the Model B -- even if you just cross the threshold. How this translates to differences in street prices, I'm not sure: but I'll know soon.
 

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I got a bunch of sample screen fabrics from DaLite. The High Power was crazy superbright compared to the other 7 or 8 fabrics i tried (using my Ruby in a light controller room). And since brightness/'pop' has always been my biggest beef, i cant wait. My wife likes little ambient light in the room so i am hoping this will allow that. Now, i can only enjoy a movie if the room is totally dark.


So after reading sooooo many raves about the high power, i just pulled the trigger on a 106 high power screen to replace my graywolf. (ps, the graywolf cost me more $). I am excited. I plan to make a DIY masking system and post some screenshots in case i can help anyone decide.
 

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be very careful while handling the material off the roller. the material is very thick and can wrinkle easily. it also does not stretch, at all. getting a nice flat surface is difficult, but doable. good luck
 

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Got the High Power screen today and did a quick test with Casino Royale blu ray. All I can say is it was money well spent (Model B Da-Lite 106" HP). The picture is head and shoulders better than my Graywolf. Color is richer and more vibrant, its very bright (and now i can use standard settings instead of dynamic or light cannon settings), and it seems sharper too. I sit slightly below the projector so i know the angle isnt perfect, but the improvement is HUGE. Very happy camper....
 
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