2014 Product of the Year Entrant
Elite Screens DarkStar
There are trends in home theater projection screen design and then there are necessities. As the CEDIA market evolves to survive in a new economy, integrators are hard-pressed to find high-end projector/screen solutions that are top tier in their functionality; profitable to sell; yet affordable enough to win the bid. “Black” or “Dark” screen technology that rejects the wash-out effects of ambient light has become a must in this industry. The DarkStar meets these criteria while demonstrating its vastly superior advantages over existing screen technologies. Elite Prime Vision, (Elite’s dedicated CI line) has answered the call with the launch of its DarkStar ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) projection screen. This retro-reflective material is the holy-grail of what has been attempted with projection screens since the inception of screen technology itself. Simply put, this material provides real-time clarity and brightness regardless if the room lighting is on or off. The Dark Star is professionally engineered to incorporate optical filters that actively reflect a projected image while preventing indirect or ambient light from “washing out” the picture. With the sublime balance of gain, contrast and viewing angle, the DarkStar brings a hard-hitting performance to either a dark or dark well lit projection room. From a microscopic perspective, the DarkStar utilizes a complex design that enhances brightness, filters ambient light and even provides exceptional contrast. Direct light is reflected back toward its source while ambient light intrusion is eliminated. This combination of retro-reflective filters and neutral black contrast layers creates an image where “black-level” details are easily seen without compromising the color balance. In addition to this, a durable surface coating diffuses the light to eliminate hot-spotting, glare or other visual artifacts commonly encountered with higher-gain screens. Screens are available in 110 to 157 ” sizes with either a 1.78:1 or 2.4:1 aspect ratio.
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EPV’s DarkStar is the flagship of its line of ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) projection screens and it is only what can be described as the “holy grail” of screen technology. This European-made material distinguishes itself from other brands by providing superior brightness, contrast and color temperature regardless if there is adequate light control. It distinguishes itself from other brands as follows. Superior brightness regardless of ambient light The Dark Star is professionally engineered to incorporate optical filters that reflect the active (projected) light with perfect clarity while preventing passive or ambient light from washing out the picture. The screen’s actual brightness is measured at 1.4 gain with a 16% vertical half gain and 35% horizontal half gain. A micro-serrated filtration design ensures a retro-reflective return while reflected ambient light is reduced by 95%. Contrast with Neutral and Accurate Color Reproduction Unlike past screen designs, the DarkStar provides superb color neutrality in addition to superior brightness levels even with the lights on. The reflective structure and contrast layers work together in a design that enhances brightness without color shift at any angle. The material filters out ambient light to provide up to 6 times the contrast performance of a matte white screen in test rooms with brightness levels in excess of 50 foot lamberts. Direct light is reflected back toward its source while ambient light intrusion is eliminated. This combination of retro-reflective filters and neutral black contrast layers create an image where “black-level” details are easily seen without compromising the color balance. In addition to this, a durable surface coating diffuses the light to eliminate hot-spotting, glare or other visual artifacts commonly encountered with higher-gain screens.
The DarkStar allows integrators to have a more competitive edge in a rapidly evolving industry. They can offer more enticing installation projects at a price point well within their customer’s spending parameters. This creates sales opportunities by opening up new market demographics that were previously shut out by cost alone. A win-win solution is created where integrators increase business potential with profitable margins and customers get the benefit of an attainable up-sell opportunity. The DarkStar will allow customers to truly achieve a professional-grade home theater experience with superior picture quality in either a dark (10-15 foot lambert) or bright (+50 foot lambert) viewing environment. Image brightness and clarity regardless of room brightness are phenomenal. The screen is protected by a specially engineered and durable front surface coating. It gives a high quality “poster-like” image free from glare, or other visual artifacts. The hard-coating makes the material very scratch resistant and thus easy to handle in either a fixed or roll-up configuration. The ability for a projection screen to outperform a flat-panel display with color and contrast levels at a screen size that is exponentially larger for less money is truly the Holy Grail in screen design.
Elite Screens, Inc. is a full line projection screens company based in Los Angeles County, California. As a leading American screen company, we deliver our promise of awarding winning quality through cost effective products for today’s discerning video enthusiasts. We produce a variety of front, rear and acoustically transparent projection screen materials for virtually any projection environment.
The Elite staff believes that when a customer gets their projection screen, it should include the full package instead of being “accessorized” for an additional cost like some of our competitors do. Elite products include what is needed to set up the screen and have it working without having to buy anything extra. There is black-backing on matte screens to eliminate light penetration, standard velour surfacing on all of our fixed frame screens to prevent glare and critical items like IR & RF wireless remotes, low voltage wall switches, RJ45 Ethernet control packages and built-in 5-12 volt trigger ports are all included.
Every screen carries a comprehensive 2-year to lifetime warranty, with a large on-hand inventory to fulfill your immediate distribution requirements. In addition, all Government, Education, Military, and House of Worship purchases get an exclusive 3-Year warranty. Our commitment to excellence in award winning product quality and service has allowed us to forge strong and lasting relationships with our resellers and distributors. This ensures that Elite Screens will continue to be a prominent member of the Audio-Visual manufacturing community for many years to come. We look forward to serving you in the future.
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The Dark Star is professionally engineered to incorporate optical filters that actively reflect a projected image while preventing indirect or ambient light from “washing out” the picture. The retro-reflective material has been designed specifically for the home theater environment. With the sublime balance of gain, contrast and viewing angle, the DarkStar brings a hard-hitting performance to either a well lit or dark projection room. The 1.4 gain material offers dazzling brightness with color neutrality while maintaining superior contrast for enhanced black levels. From a microscopic perspective, the DarkStar utilizes a complex design that enhances brightness, filters ambient light and even provides exceptional contrast all within its .03mm thick material. Direct light is reflected back toward its source with a half gain of 35° horizontally and 16° vertically. This combination of retro-reflective filters and neutral black contrast layers creates an image where “black-level” details are easily seen without compromising the color balance. In addition to this, a durable surface coating diffuses the light to eliminate hot-spotting, glare or other visual artifacts commonly encountered with higher-gain screens. Lastly, the material’s durability makes it ideal for either fixed, curved or even roll-up screen applications.
Designed from the ground up to be a seamless part of URC’s Total Control system, the TRF-ZW1 provides a seamless gateway to allow control of Z-Wave-enabled products. Enjoy control of Z-Wave door locks, lighting and more from any Total Control interface including remotes, keypads and smart phones or tablets. This piece opens up Total Control to the broadly appealing world of Z-Wave integration providing yet another avenue to take total control of more components in and around the home with URC. This secure system also features an annual online service allowing password-protected setup and control of your Z-Wave devices. Security is becoming increasingly important to homeowners, and this URC product provides new piece of mind for everyone in the family. Conveniently receive email and SMS text notifications when doors are opened. Use your remote screen to see who’s at the door right from your kitchen or living room. Or, imagine the comfort you could feel knowing that you could have certain lights go on and off at times you choose; making the house look lived in even though no one’s there. With the TRF-ZW1 gateway as part of a Total Control system, all this and more is possible.
Airflex5D-5S is a projector stacking processor that precisely aligns the images of multiple projectors vertically and horizontally into a single 2D or even passive 3D (linear or circular) image with superior brightness levels. High-end 1080P projectors that produce 10000+ lumens are upwards of $50K to $80K or more! When breaking down the cost-to-lumen ratio, this is about $5-8 per lumen in picture brightness. However, with an AF5D-5S system, you can get similar results by using a combination of 4x standard 3000 lumen projectors with a pair of AF5D-5S stacking processers and get similar results while paying on average below $1 per lumen. The Airflex5D units can accommodate up to 1920 x 1200 resolution projectors with dual-channel geometric image correction while supporting de-interlacing, scaling and image enhancement. The innovative design creates a high-performance image similar to the high-dollar, high-lumen commercial 1080P projectors. The Airflex5D-5S utilizes geometric image correction that is crucial in projecting on extreme curved or dome screen projection arrays. This is a groundbreaking opportunity for home theater enthusiasts because it finally makes the superior but costly passive 3D array affordable to the average consumer’s budget. with a choice of circular or linear passive 3D performance.