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Shopping for projector screens: What are the gotchas and other details to look out for?
posted by Blazecock Pileon to home & garden (1 answer total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am searching for a 106" (diagonal) 9:16 projector screen.
I would like a motorized screen, but would go with pull-down if the downsides aren't true. I worry about the screen not staying flat when pulled down, for example. The power cable needs to be able to hang from the left side of the screen, without using an extension cord — is this going to be an issue for most motorized units?
Ideally, the screen surface will have a black matte bar of two-to-three feet of height from the ceiling, before the actual screen starts. Is there a special term for this bar, or do all 9:16 screens have this matte at the top of the screen?
My budget is about $500-ish, but it could be more if the screen has features that make it really worth the extra expense, in the long-term (5+ years of use).
With that budget I realize that Da-Lite is out of my league. Are there other brands you would recommend, which you have personal experience with?
What are other gotchas with projector screen purchases that I should know about when deciding one model from another?
I can Google, so I appreciate input from people who have used projector screens and have experience they can share about their purchase. Thanks for your advice.