Early on with the screen I utilized the motor much more, as I have a dog that sleeps in the same room and who was not quite used to the screen. I did not want him to be tempted to try and jump up and yank the screen down. As of recent, he shows no desire to do something so counterproductive to his livelihood, and my wife does not mind, so the screen stays open most nights at this point!
That said, the motorized feature was pretty important to me to have, it works excellently, and it truly is far quieter than I ever expected. If there was ever a couple people talking in the room at normal volume while you moved the screen down, you likely would not hear the screen moving over people’s voices at all. That’s pretty quiet if you ask me. The screen is supposed to have the ability to set a stopping point so that your screen stops exactly where you want it every time you open it up. Unfortunately, being a new parent has left me very little precious time for myself to set this up and try it out. If and when I manage to get around to it, I will have this review updated to reflect as much.
But why do you actually get a nice expensive screen to pair with your projector??? Of course, For The Picture!!!
The Saker Tab-Tension Series Elite ProAV delivers on exactly that. First things first, going from a light gray wall to a Maxwhite fiberglass material, I was not too sure exactly stark the difference would be. In my mind, the painted wall had served me well for 7 years (until last year when I got my current home theater projector, I was using doubling up on the use of my business/education projector for home viewing. Back then, I felt the walls were delivering a perfectly acceptable HD image with fine details being easily visible on the natural surface, especially with the lower performance of a business projector. So while a true quality screen was obviously something I desired, I didn’t consider it a necessity because I’m not too greedy. A solid HD picture is a solid HD picture, right?
Wrong. At least, I would amend that to say, not all solid HD pictures are created equal. Projection on a white or gray wall? Solid, acceptable, and good color, but nothing eye popping.
Projection on the Elite Screen Maxwhite surface. Right away, the first thing I noticed was the modest extra brightness you get from the 1.1 gain. The light from the projector bounces right off the screen and back at you with bold, bright colors. 1.1 isn’t a lot of gain – rather minimal, but then most walls are off white not pure white, and therefore below 1.0 gain.