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Topic # 138719 14-Jan-2014 18:00 Send private message

Hi we are in the process of renovating and the financial controller has given me permission to make our rumpus room dual purpose in that I can install a home theatre. I have a few restrictions to work around which requies that I install a ceiling mounted projector screen as I can not attach a permanent screen. I have been looking around and there seems to be two extremes...the $2000 high end ones and the ones on trademe for a couple hundred.

I would like to get a motorized one but I can't find any where that has any middle of the road ones around the $500 mark.
I wouldn't expect the Trademe screens to be any good, unless someone can prove me wrong? Looking at 100 or 120 inch.

Any recommendations?

Max I can spend is 5000 for projector, speakers, wiring, AVR, screen.

I am considering bringing in a projector and maybe speakers for the US.

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  Reply # 967037 14-Jan-2014 18:49 Send private message

The cheap ($250-$400) Trademe ones will be rubbish. They use PVC generally for the screens. Bad surface, smells for ages.

Keep an eye out for a 2nd hand Elite screen or something else branded. They do come up from time to time.

Cheers - N

ps. Source for rubbish statement - I bought one and while it was a 120" tensioned screen, my old 100" good quality screen with small curls at the side was better in all the important areas.



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  Reply # 967082 14-Jan-2014 20:40 Send private message

Thanks for the advice, I imagined that would be the case with the cheap trademe ones.
There seems to be a Tasman screens made screen on TM but not to much info on it. Any pointers in buying a second hand screen. I guess knowing if there is screen curl is one of them.

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  Reply # 967144 14-Jan-2014 21:26 Send private message

thought of just using the wall?

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  Reply # 967197 14-Jan-2014 22:55 Send private message

I have friends with who had walls covered using special paint, and when they went to dedicated screens they described the difference as being the same as moving from a 3000 hour bulb, to a brand new one...

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  Reply # 967201 14-Jan-2014 22:58 One person supports this post Send private message

Using the right sort of paint will get the same or better results than a material screen... But the "right" paint could easily be more expensive than a screen!

Cheers - N

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  Reply # 967204 14-Jan-2014 23:03 Send private message

Wrong ratio, but decent brand
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/projectors-screens/screens/auction-683101720.htm

Fixed screen so hopelessly impractical for most people but great brand ... If you can find a Da-lite, near you and it's moderately clean, just buy it.
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/projectors-screens/screens/auction-683797391.htm

I wish I was in Akl, I'd buy this in a heartbeat
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/projectors-screens/screens/auction-683414336.htm

Anything branded Elite Screens also likely to be good.

Good luck... I wish I had discovered how awesome a good projector was the week before I spent an awful lot on a 50" Plasma TV instead of the week after :-)

Cheers - N

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  Reply # 967254 15-Jan-2014 07:15 Send private message

i have used a $400 106 inch powered screen purchased off trademe for 5 years now

the bloke selling them at the time seemed to know what he was talking about and i have been happy with it throughout - handy that the harmony remote can also control it as the screen remote is ir based.



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  Reply # 967760 15-Jan-2014 20:32 Send private message

thanks all, and TalkieT

Unfortunately the wall where I want the projector screen to go has a whole lot of family pics etc on it and part of the deal with the wife was that I could do it as long as the room was multi-purpose. Hence the need for a screen that I can mount either to the ceiling or better yet inside the ceiling that was not visible when not in use. My father has a dedicated home theatre that has a fully skim coated and painted with special paint wall and that is amazing...alas 'compromise' comes into play lol

Talkie the Tasman screen is the one that I mentioned on TM. Unfortunately the seller does not know too much about it other than its about 5/6 years old. I might go take a look at it to see the condition its in. I see Tasman screen retail Elite screens so I would imagine that it would be of an ok quality even if its 5 or 6 years old?




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  Reply # 967771 15-Jan-2014 20:49 Send private message

At a buy now for $300, if the screen is clean, unripped and not wavey, I'd buy it for sure.

A little bit of consistent curl on the sides is ok.

I did a hidden install... Kinda documented here...

http://smu.gs/LbboWV

Since those pics I have set the drop height correctly, hidden the speaker cables in the wall and added trim around the hole I cut in the ceiling. The screen is controlled from a 12v signal from the projector itself so I don't even need to use the remote for the screen at all (But it doe work standing under the hole and point the remote up)

Cheers - N

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  Reply # 967809 15-Jan-2014 21:33 Send private message

Rapalloav sells screens labelled indigo, pretty sure it's a "house brand".

Here is a review I did on it a few years ago

http://www.audioenz.co.nz/2011/09/indigo-nova-projection-screen/.

2 years on, curl is still minimal, screen mechanism still solid. For the money, I wholeheartedly recommend them over the trademe type ones


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  Reply # 968154 16-Jan-2014 13:45 Send private message

also on the same boat as you and looking for electric drop down screen rather than the wall as i've got a tv mounted.
Like your install Talkiet!

I've had a look at this from AV World - http://www.avworld.co.nz/product/ambertech-wm-rm92/

Can't quite gulp the price for them, but there seems to be limited available for ceiling mounted units. Does the Rapallo ones recessed into the ceiling?

cheers

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  Reply # 968187 16-Jan-2014 14:22 Send private message

Mine wasn't intended to be installed in the ceiling - didn't have the kit... If your beams run the right way it's surprisingly simple. Only took a couple of hours and one trip to the hardware store.

Of course if your ceiling beams run the other way, forget it. Easier to build a false ceiling to conceal the screen.

Cheers - N

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  Reply # 968212 16-Jan-2014 14:49 Send private message

Its been a long time since I needed to look at the options, but looking at the details in the review, pretty sure it can be. Murray will be able to give you a definitive answer though.

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  Reply # 968216 16-Jan-2014 14:54 Send private message

I bought a Ambertec 106 Motorized and it's excellent and well reviewed and well thought of locally.

Personally I suggest upping your budget if you want decent stuff. 5K for all that isn't going to get you good quality. I do have a second hand very good projector if you are interested.



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  Reply # 968403 16-Jan-2014 18:05 Send private message

thanks for the pics TalkieT. Good to see an install similar to what I am planning. Luckily the beams run the right way so its definately doable. Its in a downstairs room so I dont have ceiling access like you do however since I am removing the gib on the ceiling anyway as part of the renovation then it should be easy to do.

i would love to have a budget over 5k, but a budget is a budget for a reason so I am just trying to get the best bang for my buck.

I am looking at importing a Optoma HD25LV from the states

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