Screens Vendors Stretch To Meet Specialty Setups
By John Laposky On Sep 19 2011 - 4:01am
CEDIA Expo showgoers this
month were greeted by an ever-growing number of
new projection-screen materials and models, including
some specialty designs for non-traditional home
theater environments such as outdoor setups and
brightly lit rooms.
displayed at the show its Supernova
screen, which it is calling “the world’s first front projection
screen designed for brightly lit environments.”
The Supernova boasts an “active optical system”
made up of seven material layers that DNP said doubles
the image brightness and increases contrast by
up to seven times. Layers include an optical lens film
to reduce the impact of ambient light, an advanced reflection
layer for half-gain angles up to +/- 85 degrees,
a black color layer for improved color reproduction,
and a hard surface coating for screen scratch-resistance
and a shimmer-free image.
The series is made up of three types of optical
screens — fixed, retractable and portable — available in
a variety of finishes, formats and sizes.
Supernova screens feature an active high-contrast
filter that reflects the projected image while effectively
absorbing available light from other angles. DNP said
this technology means the screen is virtually unaffected
by diffused ambient light.
displayed its new Nocturne projection
screen designed for outdoor use.
The Nocturne is available in motorized (series E) or
crank-operated (series C) versions.
The weather- and insect-resistant solid-aluminum
head box includes a built-in hinge to ease installation
and service. Hardware comes standard in white, but is
also available in silver, ivory, charcoal bronze or black.
A weighted dowel and side cable guides provide maximum
stability in breezy situations, the company said.
The motorized Nocturne works with a wall switch
or remote, or it can be integrated into existing homeautomation
The crank-operated version is intended for areas
where power is unavailable.
Viewing surfaces available include matte white or
high-contrast gray. HDTV format sizes are available
from 65 inches to 133 inches diagonal. CinemaScope
and other formats are available up to 10 feet wide.
Custom sizes are available.
For traditional dedicated home-theater rooms,
Draper has added curved frame versions of its existing
Clarion and Onyx projection screens. Draper said
the curved screens with Vel-Tex covered extruded aluminum
frames help offset pin-cushion distortion from
a horizontal expansion lens, and provide greater engagement
with the projected image. In addition, the
curved image is reportedly subject to less ambient reflected
light and the projector’s light is more accurately
The curve is defined by its radius in feet. Custom
radii are available.
Curved Onyx is available in sizes up to 19 feet wide.
Curved Clarion is available in sizes up to 13 feet wide.
Custom sizes are also available.
Both screens include mounting brackets.
Da-Lite Screen Company
showed its HD Progressive
1.1 Perf screen, an acoustically transparent
front projection fabric which allows speakers to be
placed directly behind the screen.
The fabric provides the same optical characteristics
as the company’s HD Progressive 1.1 screen surface
but includes specially designed perforations that allow
the speakers to transmit the full range of a soundtrack
with maximum clarity, Da-Lite said.
Both iterations of Da-Lite’s HD Progressive projection
screens feature low gain for a wide viewing angle
and image uniformity. The new HD Progressive 1.1
Perf material is available on tensioned electric and
fixed frame screens.
The material is washable with a gain of 1.1 and a
viewing half angle of 85 degrees.
came to CEDIA with a range of screen
options, but featured two new acoustically transparent
materials, the AcousticPro 1080P2 and 4K.
The A1080P2 material is an enhancement of Elite’s
current acoustic material. The 4K is a premium-grade
product that provides a virtually sheer acoustically
transparent surface that upon the first glance, appears
to be a solid matte white material.
Also on display was the company’s Lunette, a fixedframe
projection screen with a curved design that the
company said enhances the aesthetic appeal of the
presentation by giving its viewers the sensation of being
physically drawn into the image.
Elite said the curved design eliminates pin-cushion
distortion commonly experienced when projecting in
the 2.35:1 format.
Elite also displayed it Evanesce Series of disappearing
electronic screens. The series features a durable
plenum-rated casing and ships fully assembled with ull
IR/RF and Ethernet controls functions included.
Diagonal screen sizes range from 84 inches to 139
inches with choice of tensioned or non-tensioned
matte white material.
It is available in 4:3, 16:10, 16:9 and 2.35:1 aspect
came to CEDIA with the latest
generation of it Black Diamond series, the new
Zero Edge projection screen.
The Zero Edge is an ultra-thin, rigid panel with a
ultra-thin bezel, the company said, which gives the
appearance that the projected image is floating off
Among the multiple mounting options, the Zero
Edge includes recessed (unframed), flush-to, and projected
off the wall options. No assembly is required.
According to Screen Innovations president Ryan
Gustafson, “Our dealers have been telling us that they
love the Black Diamond big-screen experience but
the problem is their customers don’t want a projection
screen in the living room. Now with Zero Edge, you
can have the same big-screen experience with cutting
edge aesthetic appeal.”
Standard screens are available in 80-inch to 142-
inch diagonal sizes. Custom screen sizes are available
Screen materials include Black Diamond 2.7, Black
Diamond 1.4 and Black Diamond 0.8. The Black Diamond
Zero Edge will be shipping in October.