What’s the difference between VMAX and Spectrum Tab Tension?

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There are a lot of similarities in Elite products but there are also differences that are crucial in determining which screen will be best for its particular installation. This discussion points out the differences between the VMAX2 and the Spectrum Tab-Tensioned projector screens despite both being very similar in appearance. Please note the comparison sheets below.


Here are the links used in the discussion:


*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.



  • [18:18] Customer: Hello, question…
  • [18:19]        Rick: Certainly, my name’s Rick how may I help you.
  • [18:20] Customer: What is the difference / comparison between Spectrum tab tension and VMAX2
  • [18:20] Customer: Which one is better and has better performance?
  • [18:20] Customer: For price vs quality and performance?
  • [18:20] Customer: I need 120” or 135”
  • [18:22]        Rick: Both of these screens use the Max White material. They have a lot of similarities but the VMAX2 typically has a few more features, more available sizes and there is a slight difference in how the material is mounted.
  • [18:23]        Rick: The  Vmax2 uses a fiber glass backing on the material to provide added thickness for extra flatness.
  • [18:24]        Rick: the Spectrum tab tension uses the tab tension connections to keep the screen from curling at the edges and flattens out the screen. It’s important to mention that neither screen should be used with UST or short throw projectors. They do however present a nice flat surface for standard projectors.
  • [18:27]        Rick: the VMAX 2 120 inch is priced at $647 with free shipping and the 135 inch is priced at $812. These prices are from our shop site at www.shop.elitescreens.com
  • [18:28]        Rick: for the spectrum tab-Tension we only have the Electric125HT model and is priced at $690 with free shipping.
  • [18:29] Customer: Ok thx, how about 135 inch
  • [18:40] Customer: VMax vs Spectrum which has more lifespan and is easier to maintain?
  • [18:41]        Rick: Both are similar in maintenance. The Spectrum is the entry level screen and the Vmax is the same but with more features and size options. The Spectrum Tab Tension has additional modifications that bring up the price a little bit. Here is the tensioned screen comparison sheet:  https://elitescreens.com/images/download/material/ComparisonTables/ElectricTension_CompTable.pdf   and here is the standard electric screen comparison sheet : https://elitescreens.com/images/download/material/ComparisonTables/electric_wall_comp_table.pdf
  • [18:43] Customer: Okay, personally I favor the VMAX2. Okay thanks for going over the optons.
  • [18:43]        Rick: My pleasure sir. Thank you for choosing Elite Screens.
  • [18:45]        Rick: if you want the best screen and if you do have a dedicated wall i can recommend a fixed frame.
  • [18:46]        Rick: if you need a motorized the Vmax will be best for your set up.
  • [18:48] Customer: great, thank you so much rick for the help
  • [18:48] Customer: 🙂
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