Screens

Screen Innovations Black Diamond II HD Front Projection Screen

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The Design and Setup

Here is a photo from their website showing the various screen materials, including some that are made of fabric which lets you place your speakers behind the screen, and the sound will pass through the screen unhindered. The image of the Black Diamond .8 is black in the photo, but with some light in the room, it will be more of a silvery-gray, as seen in the second photo.

A close-up of the Black Diamond II HD screen material is shown below. With ambient light in the room, it has a dark silvery-gray appearance, is grainless, and comes in your choice of gains 0.8 or 1.4. I took this photo with bright sunlight coming in from a glass door parallel to the surface of the screen. Notice that the quarter is bright with reflections, but the screen is dark. This is screen technology improved by an order of magnitude.

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I received the screen to be set up in a frame that would go on a wall. They sent me a stand for the screen since I was reviewing the screen and would not have to drill any holes in my wall that would need to be spackled after I finished the review and returned the screen.

The screen arrived rolled around a large cardboard tube, protected by a plastic sheet. In a second box was the frame, which consists of black, felt covered metal strips that look much like a frame for a painting. Brackets are utilized to assemble the frame, and rubber bungees are then used to attach the screen to the frame, providing the tension to make the screen perfectly flat, without wrinkles.

Here is a photo of the bungee attachment. You start in the middle and work your way towards the corners of the frame during the attachment process.

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You need to be very careful during the assembly, as the screen canl be damaged if you rush. I know the feeling of having a new toy in the man cave, but take your time. The screen isn't going anywhere.

Once assembled, you mount the screen on the wall. Don't forget to align it exactly with the projector image (oh yeah, don't forget to do your math to begin with so you end up with the right size!) Since I had a stand, I didn't have to put it on the wall, but if I had, I would have turned on the projector with a test pattern, and aligned the screen on the wall with the image.