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I was wondering if anyone could give me a little advice. I am about to purchase a 92" fixed frame screen for my home theater, but I am torn on which one to purchase. I am normally a "best bang for your buck" sort of buyer. The brands I am considering are Da-Lite, Carada, and Stewart. I was set on buying the Da-lite cinema contour, and then I read review of the Carada Criterion, which is about $400 cheaper. It seems like a nice screen, based on the review.

The Stewart Firehawk seems to be the best overall screen, again based on the reviews, but it pretty expensive. There have been times where I thought I would just spend the extra cash and get the best, but I am not sure if it is worth it. Any cash I save on the screen will go into the projector so I could spend less on the screen a get a better projector. The projectors I am considering are the Panny AE700 and the Sony HS51

Can anyone give me some advice on this decision? I don't have any place I can see them in action so I have to base everything on reviews.

Thanks for your help.
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Projector central did a fairly recent review on screens (www.projectorcentral.com) so take a look there. From the reviews the Da-Lite seems to be the best compromise between price and quality. I would up buying a Da-Lite HCCV fixed screen (110" diagonal/16:9) and have been quite satisfied.

John
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You can't beat the value of the AE700. I got it with plans to replace it in about a year. After experiencing the picture, I'm sure I'll keep it longer than that...pretty much until I can afford a good 1080 line projector.

I'm using it with a Da-Lite 106" Video Spectra 1.5 and couldn't be happier.

-Joe
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Do you need the large frame of the Da-lite cinema contour ?

You can get basically all the screen surfaces in other model with smaller frame for allot less like Da-lite Perm Wall or Da Snap.
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I bought a brand new Da-lite screen off Ebay (132" diag) for around $400 bucks and it works great.

If you are looking for a fixed screen, that might be a good place to start. Another option is to buy the screen material and build your own. If your reasonalbly handy it shouldn't be too difficult.
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