Just did a spandex 121 inch 16:9 screen and could not be happier !
Cheap and super simple.........I did not actually do a stand alone frame, but a goal posts style frame to attach it to.
I used shoe molding instead of quarter round because it was cheaper and easier to nail up with a hammer than quarter round and 2x4`s as the frame/goal posts to further reduce costs.
As far as performance goes, compared to the carls progrey it replaced it was like going from 1080 to 4K......drastic improvement in picture quality and now I have the speakers where they belong behind the screen. While I thought there was no problem with the center under the old screen, now having the center up in the middle behind the screen where it belongs has made a big improvement in voices and really makes it like it should be sound wise.
Even if you are fine with the center not being behind the screen, there is still a huge jump in sound performance having it there where it belongs. I did this mainly to get the speakers behind the screen, but the jump up in picture quality was a shock......excellent screen.
I simply used thumb tacks around the sides to hang the spandex because I could not be bothered to dig up my stapler from the garage and then go buy staples........it was super easy with the thumb tacks as any stretching can be redone easily if you get a wrinkle........
I lost approx. 15.5 inches of room depth and about 17 inches diagonal of screen as I am in a small romm and the PJ is maxed out for that throw distance... screen was 138 diagonal and is now 121 , but being 15.5 inches closer gives it the same immersion, maybe even more.........I do not feel like I lost anything screen size wise as it seems the same when watching it.
Excuse my poor pictures as it was a cheap 50 buck camera and I am no picture takin guru, I just turned the flash off and held it by hand, which is not recommended for a slow shutter night picture.
I have tried......screen materials......flexi white...flexi gray.....bare wall.....black out cloth..... pro grey...pro white...silver screen and by far the spandex looks way better picture wise.
Looks good. Could you please share steps how you did it? I might loose upto 24" in deptth because my SVS sub is about 22". Did you have any issues with sound penetrating through spandex?
Looks good. Did you have any issues with sound penetrating through spandex?
Thanks .No issue with sound.....at all
Unless you go huge, you want the screen 24-30 inches off the floor so your eyes are at 1/3rd approx on screen.
It is just 4-2x4`s..........cut the 2 horizontal one`s to width and the 2 upright ones to height, screw them together....I use a L bracket with a drywall anchor in the ceiling........the 2 side ones are skinny side towards the seats and the top and bottom ones are wide side towards the seats, it just sits on the carpet. I took cheap quarter round to go around the outside with the rounded side facing inside the screen to keep the spandex away from all the boards...it was like 20 bucks in wood.
I filled the sides/top/bottom with cheap velvet, crush panne velour at 2.50 a yard....took like 14 yards........if the sub fits under the screen it can stick out if needed or you can make it all fit behind....whatever you like.
Few questions please:
That would "look" the best, but it is not a mandatory dictate. The example above could easily accommodate a Sub to the direct Right or Left of Centerii)I am assuming i will need the frame to be wide enough to cover my floor standing LCR's and place the sub adjacent to the frame?
iii) Can you please tell me how to do you get black background with white spandex on top of it? Are these pre-cuts?
Thanks again for taking time in responding.
Flexi only comes in White and Grey.....no Black. You only use one layer of the color you choose, there is no combining them.Dude.. I hate you. Kidding. No man that was fantastic info! I have no problem buying both black and white flexi-whatever you linked to. Makes total sense and I am good with just bringing those, unrolling for use, rolling back up to store. Seems easy enough, and it's not too expensive.. certainly worth the added flexibility (no pun intended) to be portable!!
A HUGE difference being that your image will not be so HUGE.To be clear, I was thinking 120" diagonal.. not 120" in height. I can't do that math, but I assume 120" in height would be more like a 150" diagonal screen or something.
Trying to use two sheets just to provide a Black border makes little sense to me, personally. 2x the expense, 2x the assembly / disassembly effort, 2x the weight, 2x the storage issues. Ditch the idea of needing / having a Border if a Breakdown design is needed.I love that this screen you suggested is a 1.1 gain. Agree with you on a < 1.0 gain, already working at a disadvantage with 1500 Lumen. So all the better to grab both black and white screen. I am thinking maybe getting a little bit larger black to put that edge around the screen.. but I suspect when stretched out with however I am able to hang it up, it wont be a nice rectangle anyway. To be clear, I don't want to spend 20 minutes setting up the screen. .. one of the reasons the cheap spandex appealed to me was how quick it was (with bungies) to setup.
Still have to figure out a good way to set it all up in a somewhat portable fashion though. The frame you sent me to while not too bad in price does seem a bit difficult to make portable. So I have a question then.. for say.. camping trips.. where even a 60" or so sized projection screen would be fine... can I use the 120" sized screen.. for smaller screens.. or is it advisable to only use it for the actual size you intend and not have any extra just dangling around? I am going to guess based on rolling it up when done to keep it from having wrinkles.. that it likely is NOT a good idea to have a bunch of extra sticking around, thus it would be best to figure out the portable frame setup size first, then order the screen to that size?
No Green Flexi, but there are Green Screen paints you can use.Curious if you ever used this same flexi screen (or similar) for green screen? I do a little youtube/demo/tutorial videoing at home, and especially with WFH covid and on zoom calls, etc.. I would love to set up a decent little green screen behind me. I have a muslin green screen, but it's a bit big/unwieldy.. so was hoping to have a more portable solution that I can quickly set up behind my chair.. wondering if this same material comes in green or blue and would work well or not.