Elite Prime Vision (EPV), the dedicated custom install division of Elite Screens has begun shipping its new DarkStar UST eFinity projection screen that is “ceiling light rejecting” for use with ultra short-throw projectors.
“The next big move in projection design is to replace the household TV set with a larger-than-life display,” said Dave Rodgers, marketing manager for EPV Screens. “A big obstacle to this was the shadow intrusions made by people stepping between the projector and screen. But this problem is resolved with the DarkStar UST, since it is designed for use with ultra short-throw (UST) projectors. Combining an ambient light rejecting (ALR) material with a short-throw platform creates a huge display that dwarfs a 100-inch flat panel for a fraction of the cost.”
EPV's DarkStar UST material utilizes a multiple-layered optical microstructure to filter out up to 95 percent of overhead lighting. It accomplishes this with successive rows of microscopic angled serriform structures that channel light from table-mounted UST projectors with a throw distance of less than 0.3 of the screen’s width. The angle of the microstructures successfully absorbs overhead lighting while its multiple layers enhance black levels and color neutrality. The result is that the material greatly enhances color contrast and dynamic range while maintaining a 180-degree viewing angle. This means that the 0.5 gain material provides a sharp, clear picture quality with equal brightness. In addition to this, the wide viewing angle means that everyone in the room gets to enjoy the feature with the same level of image brightness.
The DarkStar UST eFinity Series features an internal framework with wraparound material, marketed as EDGE FREE. Its name comes from the absence of an external framework or “edge” as in traditional designs. In addition to its design qualities, the eFinity’s EDGE FREE configuration maximizes the viewing area in a smaller space footprint without compromising the screen’s structural integrity. The aluminum framework measures 9mm, and incorporates a compact split frame design that reduces package size for lower shipping costs and the ability to navigate tight spaces to reach the installation site.