Perforated Screens - What price can you get away with, for quality?

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Faustblix

Audioholic Intern
Hello everyone.

I have to admit, I'm a complete newbie to projector screens. I've been digging in with the research, but what I lack is the first hand experience - where I can trust with my eyes. Living in a remote location, with Covid lockdown, I'm relying on a community I trust :).

I'm starting to cost out a home theater setup.
Thinking I'm fairly set on Dali Oberon, and going to look at some additional bits for atmos.
And then... screens... I saw clips on a Stewart and thought... "holy heck..."
So I'm definitely interested in the route of a perforated screen with the center at a minimum, behind.
Thinking of a 130" on-wall panel with a faux wall or recess for speakers.

The question is becoming... what price can you get away with, for superb quality in a dark room at 10 foot viewing distance? Will be further away for sure, but if it stands a 10 ft scrutiny, I'll trust it every point beyond.

Thanks for your wisdom guys. I'm sure it's going to make the fam very happy if it costs less than a car.
 
dolsey01

dolsey01

Audiophyte
Just a comment about going with a perforated screen, I would NEVER go back to having my center channel below my screen after having it behind a perforated screen.
 
TheWarrior

TheWarrior

Audioholic Ninja
The question is becoming... what price can you get away with, for superb quality in a dark room at 10 foot viewing distance? Will be further away for sure, but if it stands a 10 ft scrutiny, I'll trust it every point beyond.
I have the CIMA screen with Triad Inwall Bronze speakers behind it. I LOVE the screen, and find it is no more restraining to the sound, than having a speaker grill on.

You do need to be about 10 ft or more away from the screen, so that the perforations are not visible. Sounds like thats what you already have planned, so you should be good to go!

There is a significant price difference between Stewart and 'Brand X Internet Direct'. The frame that Stewart builds looks like the house could fall on it, and it would bear the weight. I have no doubt that I will get decades of use out of this screen! The top mounts on a lip, and then magnets hold the bottom firmly in place. Two people can take the screen on and off with ease - which is kinda important when using in wall speakers!

@DigitalDawn is a pleasure to work with. FWIW she gave me the Triad speakers for a review, and turned me into a customer. I have two projection systems, and the Perforado screen is in my bedroom. One thing with ANY projection screen, it has to stay clean, and you cannot touch it! The oils in your skin will leave a mark that won't reveal itself for a while, but when it does, it will never come out. So my insurance policy was to get a Lutron Roller Shade to cover the screen when not in use. May not be needed in your situation, but it is fun pressing one button to make the window shades close, and the screen open up!
 
DigitalDawn

DigitalDawn

Full Audioholic
That was a really unique and smart idea to cover the screen with another motorized screen. I love those Lutron Shades!
 
TheWarrior

TheWarrior

Audioholic Ninja
That was a really unique and smart idea to cover the screen with another motorized screen. I love those Lutron Shades!
It's been worth every penny! Since our bedroom is barely large enough to give the proper throw distance, we have to walk past the screen all the time. Add in a giant indoor 'horse' and I certainly sleep better knowing there's a barrier between the screen and his snout!
 
DigitalDawn

DigitalDawn

Full Audioholic
Did you say indoor horse? Is it a mini horse? Can you email me photos. Sounds really cool!
 
BMXTRIX

BMXTRIX

Audioholic Warlord
What type of projector are you planning on pairing with it? I would be hard pressed to not recommend the Seymour AV woven screen as a pretty high industry standard for years and years. If you just need a fixed frame on-wall screen, then they really deliver the goods.

I've also used the Silver Ticket screen with a JVC RS540 projector and it was, frankly, quite good as well.

I really haven't heard strong negatives about most models, and while I do believe that Stewart makes a frame that is a cut above, I'm just not sure it matters. If my house falls onto my screen, I've got bigger issues to deal with. I just need the screen to hang on the wall properly, and every screen I've used has done this just fine.
 

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