Originally Posted by scott t
I was looking for some advice. I am living in Dallas and putting in a home theatre. The Home Theatre company I am working with wants to sell me an Elite brand screen. I trust them to a point; however, I assume they may have bias based on kick-backs they may get so I wanted to see if anyone had some "Un biased" input.
They are more likely recommending Elite screens since that's a line they carry, not because of some kickback scheme. Kickbacks, spiffs, dealer rebates, etc, etc, are just not really things that happen in the industry like they once did.
Here's my question:
Are most of the screen companies (SI, Da Lite, Vutec, Draper, etc..) using basically the same 3M coating for similar use screens? For example, I am looking for a screen in a home theatre room that will have almost no light. Therefore I am looking for a white screen (around 1.1-1.4 gain).
Does it really matter which brand I get due to the fact that with those parameters they are all going to be using the same coatings on the screen?
Thanks, any input would be appreciated!
In answer to your question:
No, they all do not use "basically the same 3M coatings". Each company has their own method of construction in the screen make up.
I'd bet this company is using Elite Screens since they have a good working relationship with the company. They have a problem with some brand they don't normally sell, and it can be a very painful process. same problem arises with a company they deal with on a regular basis, and a problem becomes no problem.
Me? I dealt with Vutec when I was active in the business, and that's the company I always recommended. That was done for the reasons cited above, not for some hidden kickback scheme.
Hope that helps....