I have a Stewart Studio-Tek screen, 1.3 gain. It's 92" diagonal. Paid $1000.00. The picture is wonderful, especially compared t the melamine board I used temporarily (hotspots). BUT, I feel that if I had shopped around I could have found a used one a lot cheaper (saw one the week after I ordered mine for $300.00) and think I jumped the gun a little when I purchased it. I know this screen is alittle bigger than PLUS recommends, but when I compared it at the dealer's with a smaller Firehawk, I could see no difference. I think one strength of this projector is the good black it projects, and haven't noticed a problem at all with the white screen- the blacks really seem black.
Like Gene4ht above, I have had my Piano HE3100 for just over a year. I built a DIY blackout cloth screen (approx. 1:1.45 to suit the dual aspect nature of the Piano) and had until yesterday been quite satisfied. However, with all of the threads over at the â€œScreen Forumâ€ I finally got off my duff and painted my screen with Behr Premium Plus ultra white eggshell paint. It made a very discernible difference for the better. I will probably stay with my DIY screen; my only regret is that I should have painted the screen earlier. Cost of screen frame, fasteners, blackout cloth and paint was approximately $45CND.
You have probably made your choice, but here is what I did. I have the Piano 3100. After speaking with the Dalite rep, was steered toward the Videospectra fabric (based on the lumens of the piano). Screen size 60 x 80, model B, video format. I drop it down to the desired length.
Immediately disliked the PQ. The material was too reflective in some movies the whites were washed out and due to the reflective material, the picture appeared pixelated at 1.5X distance. I tried to convince myself and my family but we all agreed that my wall was better. After contacting my dealer and dalite, they offered to replace with the Matte white screen material. I received the new sceen a few days back, and the difference is remarkable. The image is very film-like and colors truer. I did many side by sides of these 2 screens and would recommend the matte white. After this experience, I am not sure I would go for any screen with a higher gain. Hope this information helps you.
Thanks, Mahesh. I ordered a matt white screen for my X1 feeling that a high gain screen might cause hot-spotting. You've made my day!! To keep with the thread, I paid ~$250 CAD delivered for the 92" wide video format Draper Luma (same as Da-lite Model B)
I'm using a 92" diagonal (16:9) Firehawk fixed screen for my 3200. Paid $1700 CDN. Quite happy with the performance. Very good gray scale. I don't have a black wall behind it so the Deluxe version would have been better (3" border as opposed to 1 & 1/2") but on the other hand I saved $300.
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