Screen Innovations (SI), developer of acoustically transparent (AT) home theater video projection screens, recently announced that it has developed new hybrid versions of its “Slate” and “Pure” ambient light rejecting screens using the company’s AT perforated material.

Screen Innovations said the development will bring home theater enthusiasts the best of both worlds – high contrast and black level performance in rooms with ambient light and unimpeded sound.

Since its introduction in 2014, SI’s Slate screen material has been widely recognized as a leading moderately-priced ambient light rejecting screen, providing greater size, range and flexible mounting options.

The company then extended that performance with the release of a .8 gain version of Slate. It also offers pure white light-rejecting screens in its “Pure” lines.

The introduction of AT perforated martial to these light-rejecting materials gives users and installers an even wider range of flexibility in screen and home theater speaker placements.

Read more on SI’s Slate AT and Pure AT projection screens after the jump:

“We created Slate AT and Pure AT to give our customers the best of both worlds; the best picture and the best sound,” stated Ryan Gustafson, CEO of SI. “Pure and Slate have solved the problem of image quality with the sharpest image reproduction in the market by managing the texture pattern down to 9 times finer than standard white or gray materials, maintaining image uniformity. Merging Slate and Pure with our acoustic perforation technology has truly created the best of both worlds, picture and sound. Imagine hiding your favorite LCR speakers behind a massive Zero Edge screen with our popular Backlighting, even with the lights on thanks to Slate’s ALR properties.”

The development of the new hybrid screen materials is in keeping with what SI called its long-term mission of developing screens that are not distracting to the viewer, while adding to or improving the experience.

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Tom Nugent, SI’s chief of technology, said the development of the new perforated screen material was a difficult undertaking particularly when working with 106-inch tall screen size material. “We are perforating over 28,000, .55mm holes for every square foot; clearly a daunting task.”

According to Nugent the new Slate AT and Pure AT material was tested by an industry-leading speaker manufacturer, and received “excellent results showing very few acoustic ramifications over the full audio frequency spectrum.”

“The effect of the perforated screen has very little attenuation starting at about 1-2kHz,” Nugent stated. “Typical impact on frequency response is well within the -3db range with a peak attenuation of -6db at 20kHz. This difference is easily corrected by most modern receivers with room correction. Additionally, many architectural speakers feature a treble compensation switch to adjust for this type of installation.”

Slate AT and Pure AT screens are available to order now and can be configured on all the company’s screen form factors including: Zero Edge, Zero-G, Fixed, and Motorized.

Suggested retail pricing for Pure screens is $1260, and $1,995 for Pure AT. Pricing on the Slate AT was not available.

By Greg Tarr


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