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Topic # 143951 2-May-2014 17:20
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It is time to retire my 100" 4:3 Grandview manual projector screen and move to something motorised. The current screen is wall mounted but I am also thinking about maybe going ceiling recessed for the new one. Or at least hidden by a bulkhead. Preference is for recessed if not prohibitively expensive.
Size-wise I will be looking 16:9 in the 92-96" range as the room won't take anything too much bigger. My Panasonic PT-AE8000 is pretty good without needing total blackout, so I don't think I need anything with high gain.

Anybody installed something recently that they can recommend?




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  Reply # 1038312 7-May-2014 13:09
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Whats your budget?



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  Reply # 1041016 9-May-2014 18:56
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Less than $2000.
But it's moot now as I have boxed on with my own research and have purchased a 92 inch Ambertech recessed ceiling screen for $1400.
Now just need to get the support in the ceiling sorted out, cut some gib, run the 12 trigger line and hook up a power supply. Then I'm good to take the old pull down screen away and the WAF goes up as yet another home theatre component is hidden from view when not in use.




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  Reply # 1041967 12-May-2014 08:47
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Can't argue with that purchase, it's what I would have suggested lol

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  Reply # 1042007 12-May-2014 10:11
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I'll just leave this here... I did pretty much the same install... Just hope your ceiling beams run the right direction :-)

http://www.nzsnaps.com/Other/Hidden-Screen-Install/36049206_fzdMCG#!i=3023697657&k=ZFGVcVS

Cheers - N



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  Reply # 1046109 16-May-2014 10:20
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Thanks for the pictures. I only saw them after I installed the new screen yesterday. It took all day to achieve, and it was only once I finished that I remembered I was going to photograph each step of the process. The most difficult part was interpreting the installation instructions which lost a bit in translation from their original language. That and cleaning the gib dust off everything afterwards!
I had to cut 5 ceiling battens to slot the box of the screen in. Doing that and putting some mounting beams in the roof space took most of the time. Luckily the installation is parallel to the roof trusses because the box sits 170mm above the ceiling and as such would be virtually impossible to install across them.
Then connecting the power, getting the drop correct and connecting the 12v trigger meant I finished at 10 last night.
OverallI am happy with the result, as is my better half.




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