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Old 06-17-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Would love to have something with a 168" diagonal, but I don't see anything sold above 135". I'm not opposed to building something myself, but I would like to follow a guide if possible. I know I would probably need metal for the framing as wood is highly likely to bow at those lengths.

Trying to keep it under $400.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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Not sure if you checked out visualapex recently, but for a cheap projection screen I remember that elite offers in their Sable 235 series ( 2.35:1 screens, knowing you ) on visualapex at $495 for their 158 inch model, and $598 for their 176 inch model as of my post. It's off your budget, and you could probably build for cheaper, but they are pretty good values for manufactured screens.

http://www.visualapex.com/Projector-...=HT&Category=2

I wish I could give more feedback on making a screen since I haven't built a screen (despite that I made an A-lens), so I wouldn't be the first person to ask. Metal frames are probably a good choice over wood for a start.

Just a thought, you could paint on a wall and create a frame, assuming the landlord would be ok, although it still requires you to make the paint even if you want it to look consistent.

Someone here could put some more detail on DIY screens, but hope it helps otherwise.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Not bad prices for those screen sizes plus $100 for shipping

176" Diagonal is 14 feet 8 inches wide & 5 feet 8 inches high

Your just $298 short, save up wait & prepare your area. Being just under $300 short could be a blessing. Going this wide there is alot to prepare for. Another decision you'll have to make for the screen is going CineWhite (1.1 Gain White) or CineGray (1.0 Gain Gray) There's other screen manufacture choices as well. Welcome to the 14 feet wide & above club
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Thanks guys. Should I expect the screen material at Visual Apex to be of higher quality than what my current screen is made of, which I purchased at http://www.carlofet.com/projector-sc...materials.html (blackout cloth)?
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Thanks guys. Should I expect the screen material at Visual Apex to be of higher quality than what my current screen is made of, which I purchased at http://www.carlofet.com/projector-sc...materials.html (blackout cloth)?
I have no idea, I never seen that material before. How much width & height are you working with in your movie room?
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I have no idea, I never seen that material before. How much width & height are you working with in your movie room?
I'm currently using a wooden-framed 9 ft x 3.75 ft, 2.40:1 screen. It has a 117" diagonal.

Projector is an Epson 8350.
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I'm currently using a wooden-framed 9 ft x 3.75 ft, 2.40:1 screen. It has a 117" diagonal.

Projector is an Epson 8350.
How wide & high is the room your working with?
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How wide & high is the room your working with?
16 ft wide, 9 ft tall. The restriction to screen size will actually come from the distance I can place the projector away from the screen (which will be about 16 ft as well).
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16 ft wide, 9 ft tall. The restriction to screen size will actually come from the distance I can place the projector away from the screen (which will be about 16 ft as well).
Have you set up your projector as far back it can go?
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Have you set up your projector as far back it can go?
I haven't moved to the new place yet
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I haven't moved to the new place yet
You should first check how far back you are able to place your projector on a table to see how wide it will be able to project. You might not be able to project as wide as you want.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:21 PM   #13
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I use a Visual Apex screen, and have had no issues with it. There are better name brand screens out there, but for what you pay the VA ones are great.
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I use a Visual Apex screen, and have had no issues with it. There are better name brand screens out there, but for what you pay the VA ones are great.
How wide is your screen & what projector are you using?
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Its about 9 feet. I have the Epson 5010.
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fah! i use a painted wall with mine and it looks AWESOME! ive tried all the paints and the behr silver screen works the best i think and its cheap too about 33 bux a gallon which will get you very far and im throwing down a 176 incher!
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I use a Harkness screen in my screening room. Mine is roughly 10X5, silver for 3D film purposes. This is a quality screen.
Here's their link: http://www.harkness-screens.com/
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