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120-inch, 16:9 HD White Fabric Tab-Tensioned Motorized Projection Screen
Give yourself the gift of a true Home Theater system with this Motorized Projection Screen from Monoprice!
This screen is made from a high-quality four-layer fabric. The surface layer is embossed with PVC microdots, which produces a 1.0 gain across an extra wide 160 degree viewing angle. The second layer is made of PVC, followed by a fiberglass layer, and another PVC layer to complete the screen. The result is a smooth screen surface with a stretch rate of less than 1%. By comparison, traditional chemical treated fabric screens have stretch rates as high as 33%!
This screen includes a tab-tensioning system, which keeps the screen taut and helps ensure that wrinkles or waves do not develop over time and with heavy usage. It can be mounted on the ceiling or on a wall and is raised and lowered using a Somfy motor with an IR (infrared) remote control. Somfy is the leading manufacturer of specialty motors, which provide ultra-smooth, silent operation and are known for their durability and long life. The screen measures 120 diagonal inches and is sized for a 16:9 aspect ratio. The package includes hardware to mount the screen to a wall.
- Black aluminum casing
- Motorized operation using a super-quiet Somfy motor
- Includes IR (infrared) remote control for screen operation
- 120" diagonal screen size
- 16:9 aspect ratio
- 160° viewing angle
- 1.0 screen gain
- Wall mounting hardware included
- User's Manual (Nov 26, 2011)
Shipping Note: This is an oversized item, which requires special handling. We are able to ship it to addresses within the 48 contiguous United States. We are unable to ship it to AK, HI, PR, US Territories, and international countries due to the product size. Expedited shipping methods are not available.
|Screen Type||Tab-tensioned fabric|
|Screen Color||HD white|
|Viewing Area||104.6" x 52.0" (2656 x 1494 mm)|
|Total Screen Height||83.7" (2127mm)|
|Left/Right Borders||3.9" (100mm)|
|Top Border||15.7" (400mm)|
|Bottom Border||2.6" (65mm)|
|Case Material||Black aluminum|
|Case Dimensions||123.8" x 5.6" x 5.3" (3144 x 143 x 135 mm)|
|Package Dimensions||140.0" x 9.3" x 8.9" (3556 x 236 x 226 mm)|
|Net Weight||54.0 lbs (24.5 Kg)|
|Gross Weight||71.0 lbs (32.2 Kg)|
|Power Requirement||100-120VAC, 60Hz, 90W|
Before I start, let me state that I have been using a Dalite Contour Electrol with High Power fabric for the past 3 years. I will be using this as a basis for comparison.
The screen was shipped via FedEx freight and was very well packaged. It was double boxed and survived the trip just fine. The package included the screen, users guide, screen drop and retract adjustment tool, mounting brackets, screws, IR cable and remote and a long 12-volt trigger cable. The trigger cable was black, unlike their picture which is good for me, but could be bad for others. The IR receiver is black but the cable is white.
The screen finish is glossy black. While I prefer the matte black, textured finish of the Dalite, the Monoprice screen looks very nice. Two screws hold the screen bottom in place during shipping, as well as a good amount of easy-to-remove packing tape. The bottom right hand side of the screen case sports a muted grey Monoprice logo, which looks very good and is about the color any home theater enthusiast would pick if no logo was not an option. The logo is painted on the case. On the contrast, the Sompy motor logo is bright and does not look very good. The great thing is that it is a sticker so you can remove it easily.
This was by far the easiest ceiling mount projector I have ever installed. It shipped with two L-Brackets. Inside the frame of the L-Brackets are metal mounting plates with hooks that stick out and fit into slots that run along the entire length of the back of the screen case. Mounting is as simple as bolting the brackets to studs on the ceiling and then putting the screen onto the hooks. You can then move the screen left and right as needed. Nice that the brackets can mount along the entire length of the case so you can easily match them up to joists. Once mounted, there are screws on the bottom of each bracket that you tighten to lift the mounting plate and screen up into a position that locks it into the brackets. All told, it took us less than 30 minutes to unbox and install the screen. Record for me.
One word of warning: this screen stinks and I don't mean performance-wise. I had see others mention it and, since my Dalite stunk too, I thought I knew what to expect. Wow, was I wrong. It smells bad. Plan on putting it down and opening windows to air out the room at least for 4-5 hours. It is bearable after that. Watching a movie with the fresh screen nearly gave me and the folks a head ache. The good news is the smell is totally gone after a week of moderate use.
The screen material itself is pretty thin but seems robust. There is no bleeding of light through the screen. It has a very even finish. There is a large boarder around the edge, about 3 inches on all sides and 15 Inch for the drop on top. The tension system was not exactly what I expected. It is essentially small nylon strings that run through loops made of the same screen material down to a plastic spool on the bottom. You can turn the spool to tighten and loosen tension, as needed. Not sure what I expected, but this seemed a little less robust that I thought, but it works great, so whose to complain. The tension system also seems a little flimsy, but works great. This is my first tensioned screen so this may be normal and it in no way detracts from the rating I give the screen.
First, I must say the Somphy motor is quiet. There is no comparison between it and my Dalite. I would say the Dalite was a noisy as a blender and this screen is about as loud as a ceiling fan. I was shocked how quiet it was. The screen material itself is a very consistent bright white with 1.0 gain. Colors look very uniform as well as brightness. I have experience zero hot-spotting with this screen, which is to be expected from a 1.0 gain.
Overall, after 3 weeks with the screen, I am very happy with the purchase. For anyone who is on the fence, pull the trigger now.
PROS: High quality paint finish on the screen frame and case
Very, very easy install using innovative ceiling mounts included with the screen
Integrated electronics for the remote and 12-volt trigger
Excellent screen frabic provides a consistent image with no hotspotting
Ultra quite motor (compared to my DaLite Electrol and our powered screens at work)
Nice, muted grey Monoprice logo on screen case, rather than something flashy
Very easy to adjust screen tension
Excellent drop length (about 15")
CONS: The users guide instructions on how to adjust drop are not good
Ugly Somphy sticker on the case (easy to remove tho)
Tension system is string based...I expected something stronger (but it works well)
PROS: No wrinkles, quiet motor, extremely easy to mount, easy adjustments for drop, great images, works with 3D, HD white material
CONS: Slight vinyl smell when new