CEDIA Attendees Greeted By A Host Of Projection Screen Options
By John Laposky On Oct 4 2010 - 3:01am
— Alongside the flurry of HD and 3D
projectors that made their debut at CEDIA Expo,
accessories suppliers offered a wide variety of
projection screens and surfaces to complement
showed two new low-gain projection
screen viewing surfaces.
The supplier’s reformulated M2500, a flexible
matte white surface, now features a lower gain of
1.5 from it’s previous screen materials.
“We made this change for a couple of reasons,”
said Bob Hadsell, home theatre sales manager.
“First of all, this new formulation reduces hot-spotting
while providing better off-axis viewing. As an added
bonus, its gain makes M2500 a perfect screen for
3D projection using active-shutter glasses.”
Draper also showed its new Low Gain Cineflex,
which brings a wider viewing angle and improved
contrast to a flexible vinyl rear-projection surface,
with a gain of 0.8.
“This surface is ideal for short-throw lenses or
to increase viewing angles,” Hadsell said. “The
lower gain allows you to minimize what is perceived
as a hot spot, primarily caused by short
throw lenses used with diffusion rear-projection
materials. This is a good choice for rooms where
rigid screens are not an option.”
In addition the company introduced it’s Theater-
Mask Screen Masking system and Home Theater
Stage Curtains, two motorized accessories products
designed to conceal fixed projection screens
when not in use.
TheaterMask is available in both height-constant
width masking and width-constant height
masking formats. It adds 2 inches on each side
of the screen frame, less than an inch above the
screen, and is 3.75 inches deep. The frame is
covered with light-absorbing black Vel-tex fabric.
It masks screens up to 152 diagonal inches.
(SI) demonstrated its
Black Diamond projection screen technology,
said to optimize 3D viewing, especially in brightly
The company said the Black Diamond screen’s
surface boasts an advanced reflective surface to
maintain the polarization scheme of any 3D projector,
and enhances active and passive 3D by
increasing contrast by up to 900 percent. By pre-serving the projector’s light polarization properties, the Black
Diamond screen is able to compliment both active and passive
3D, and, the company said.
The screen utilizes seven optical light-filtration layers that
increase contrast by selectively reflecting only the projector’s
light back to the viewer’s eyes while rejecting ambient room
light, the company said.
CEDIA attendees also got their first look at screen products
from Seymour-Screen Excellence
(SSE), a joint
venture between Ames, Iowa-based Seymour AV and U.K.-
based Screen Excellence.
According to SSE, the first products combine the best
of each company’s technology platforms, namely Seymour
AV’s electric retractable screens and Screen Excellence’s
fixed-frame, in-ceiling and masking screens.
“SSE will benefit dealers by offering the most comprehensive
range of woven acoustically transparent projection
fabrics,” said managing director Chris Seymour. “Pioneering
surfaces like our Enlightor 4K (resolution beyond 4K), Center
Stage XD (1.2 gain), and other more specialized fabrics for
commercial-size screen applications (Enlightor Pro, Enlightor
SB), enable SSE dealers to fulfill the requirements of the
most demanding videophile applications while keeping the
very best acoustic transparency at any price level. Additionally,
Infinite Black true velvet borders, superior black backing
and masking materials and elegant design support the
unique performance of our exclusive fabrics.”
Available now from SSE is a wide assortment of electric
retractable, traditional and curved fixed-frame screens; motorized
in-ceiling and masking screens, and control accessories
– with additional masking options on tap for late fall. SSE
said it plans to manufacture all products in Iowa by 2011.
Screen Excellence CEO Patrice Congard said: “Seymour’s
retractable on-ceiling and on-wall screen technologies
beautifully complement ours. Furthermore, manufacturing
in the USA solves most transport issues instantly. Given
this, we are confident that the Seymour-Screen Excellence
brand will reach the top of the North American market.”
Offering installers a flexible alternative to fixed and motorized
screens, Goo Systems
came to CEDIA to show its
Screen Goo coatings, a line of specially formulated optical
acrylic paints designed specifically for video projection. It allows
anyone to transform any smooth paintable surface into
a high-performance projection screen, the company said.
The company touted the cost savings of using Screen
Goo — it generally costs about 10 percent of what a comparable
screen would cost according to Goo Systems -- and
it can be applied without specialty tools by anyone who can
paint a wall.
The company also called it “by far the most eco-friendly
projection surface available.”
Employing museum-grade pigments and optical components
and an archival-quality pure acrylic resin base, Screen
Goo won’t yellow, sag, stretch, crack or crumble like conventional
vinyl screens, the company said.