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I saw this video on vividstorm's youtube channel, and I'm debating whether I should buy a cheaper theater white screen or buy and this ust alr screen with ambient light all the time,

The brightness in my living room is similar to that in the video. I want to be able to use it during the day, not only at night or when the lights are turned off. I think the brightness of our XGIMI ultra-short throw projector is bright enough for use during the day. If so, the gain of UST ALR is 0.6, should it be suitable?
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I have heard good things about this model. It will add a fair bit of premium to get a motorized screen like this over a standard UST fixed frame screen, so I would only buy this if you absolutely MUST have the motorized function. It ain't cheap.

It is best to get a fixed frame screen whenever possible over a motorized screen, but if you must get a motorized screen, AND you need ALR/UST, then this is a good model.

In ambient light, which is the worst way to use front projection short of trying to use it outside, then a ALR screen can certainly help some. It's a bandaid for a bad room though.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Jun 13, 2022 3:48 AM):
I have heard good things about this model. It will add a fair bit of premium to get a motorized screen like this over a standard UST fixed frame screen, so I would only buy this if you absolutely MUST have the motorized function. It ain't cheap.

It is best to get a fixed frame screen whenever possible over a motorized screen, but if you must get a motorized screen, AND you need ALR/UST, then this is a good model.

In ambient light, which is the worst way to use front projection short of trying to use it outside, then a ALR screen can certainly help some. It's a bandaid for a bad room though.

Thank you very much for your reply, it is very helpful for me

But I think a motorized screen is a little more convenient than a screen with a fixed frame, which can save a lot of space

Regarding projecting in such a room full of ambient light, I think I will do it often, I want to project and watch during the day, so I need a screen that can effectively suppress the ambient light, if only in a dark environment, I If you want to cast a white wall, it can also have a good effect

So the function of light suppression is still very attractive to me. Just like the screen of the brand Vividstorm, I heard that light suppression is good. Among the same type of electric projection screen, its price does not seem to be the highest. That's what I think about him

thanks again for your reply
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I have no idea what projector you are using, or what your setup is. If in a well lit room, then you really must use a ALR screen, despite the harm it causes the image. This means either finding wall space, or floor space for such a screen.

Fixed frame screens ALWAYS are a better option as they lay flatter and typically cost a fair bit less than motorized screens. But, to each their own on this. Just understand that a fixed frame screen on the wall certainly does not take up 'space', it occupies a wall and maybe an inch or two of depth. A floor rising motorized screen takes up half a foot of floor space at the minimum plus the width of the case.

It's about half the price for a fixed frame XY Screen, so just something to consider.

Overall, these are all designed around UST projectors. Once you get into a standard throw projector, the screens tend to look MUCH worse in the ALR category and it is much better to use a white or grey screen and avoid them, or use two screens. That ends up being a LOT of money to get decent results.

This is why projectors generally belong in properly darkened rooms, and flat panel LCD display, at 85" or so for under $2,000 are a much better option for bright room viewing. They will always surpass projector image quality in a lit room.
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