The Audio Tailor Voted #1 Australian Hi Fi Store 2021 + 2022
ScreenKote - Projection Screen Surface Coating
Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.
We’re Stuart, Gabby, Nathan and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!
The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”
When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.
Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?
Is ScreenKote the best?
Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?
Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.
And there SHOULD be.
Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.
It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.
Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.
You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!
Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.
Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.
Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.
What could possibly be worse?
What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.
Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.
Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?
Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?
Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?
We like to think so!
And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:
Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)
Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.
We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.
Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.
All they need to worry about, is talking to us.
Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.
We want to know the picture in your head.
That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.
A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.
The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”
Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.
What kind of budget have you set aside?
What’s the existing set-up look like?
How big is the listening room you have in mind?
How much ambient light is coming in?
Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?
What about room resonance and reflection?
No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.
To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.
We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.
Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.
Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.
Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.
Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:
- The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
- A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
- A commitment to end-to-end service.
At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.
Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!
We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.
Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.
To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
- Inexpensive way to achieve a high-quality projection screen
- All you need in the one package
- Sufficient materials for renewal of surface in a year or two
- Warranty - 12 months
Best Buys Review
There is an unfortunate side effect of modern technology and it may seem a little counterintuitive. Every year sees home theatre projectors improve in quality, even as their prices inexorably fall. Just the other day we were looking at a home theatre projector that used DLP technology first introduced a couple of years ago at $9999. But this projector was the same brand as that earlier one, easily performed as well as it (or even a touch better), but cost just $2999. Likewise, within this edition of Best Buys you will see a review of the BenQ PE8720 home theatre projector, which made its first appearance priced at $9999. Now the recommended retail price is just $5999 and we have seen it advertised for $2000 less than that.
So, the home theatre enthusiast is blessed today with wealth of high-quality projection options at very low prices. But what about the other half of the projection system?
Spending $5000 to $10,000 on a projection screen seems fitting when the active part of the system, the projector, costs $20,000 or $30,000. But no matter how essential the screen is to a high-quality picture, something within us cringes at the thought of spending more on a passive screen than we do on an active projector
Thankfully, there are a number of lower cost screens appearing on the market, but there is a solution which costs even less, and you may well find perfect fo your needs.
This solution is ScreenKote. It is, essentially, a white paint which you can use to allow an existing surface (such as a wall, or a screen home built out of MDF) to become a high-quality projection screen
At a cost of $349, you get a package containing 1L of white ScreenKote paint. It is up to you to provide the surface to which you will be applying the ScreenKote.
This could be as simple as an area of wall in your home (although you may want to add some kind of finished surround to that area, an make sure the surface is smooth before you begin).
There ought to be enough to give you two coats of ScreenKote to a large, 110" (280cm) screen, with enough left over for a re-coat to renew the surface in a couple of years. Of course, this depends upon the technique you use to apply the coat. If you spray, you can expect to go through a lot more of the material. But if you use a smaller screen of, say, 80" (203cm), you will probably have sufficient ScreenKote left in the resealable plastic container to perform two surface renewals over coming years.
Do not be cynical. This is not just a ceiling white paint, repackaged. We are assured by Theatre Concepts that the services of a paint chemist we employed for the better part of a year to develop the material, with an eye on neutrality of colour reproduction and finished surface robustness.
ScreenKote has a specified gain of 1.1.
We were provided with a board of white Screenkote which we could place against our reference projection screen. Using the new Sony VPL-VW50 projector, which has full 1,920 by 1,080 pixel resolution, and a 1080i high definition movie, we felt the detail of the white surface was excellent. The colour neutrality was excellent as well, with it being only just perceptibly cooler than our regular screen, although we suspect it is more a case of that screen being a little warmer.
The viewing angle remained identical to our regular screen, with not the slightest bit of beaming or any 'hot spots'.
In short, the ScreenKote surface provided a high-quality projection surface for a tenth of the price of the screen with which we compared it to. That makes it excellent value for money, and the solution to many front projectors users' problems.
- Requires you to be a competent painter
- You should add a black 'light splash' surround