Home theater screens comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. When picking out a screen, there are actual specs to consider. Otherwise, most people would just throw a big bed sheet up on the wall.
Gain is one of a home theater screen’s most important specs—or at least the one you hear about the most. That’s probably because gain is the measurement of a screen’s reflective properties. (For more on that and other screen specs, check out “Understanding Home Theater Screen Selection.”)
Screen Innovations (SI) is tweaking that spec on its popular Slate lineup, in order to introduce the Slate .8. This ambient-light screen is both massive and black in color. SI’s black Slate .8 gain home theater screens (along with Slate 1.2 gain) boast the company’s biggest, most versatile ambient-light-rejecting screen technology to date. It’s actually available in sizes of up to 250 inches (diagonal) in Zero Edge FLEX, Fixed, and Motorized screen formats.
SI first introduced the Slate back in 2013, promising better contrast, clarity, and color reproduction for some of those brighter environments. The Slate was also created as a more affordable alternative to the company’s Black Diamond screen technology. The end result is an immersive entertainment experience that can reject about 65 percent of a room’s ambient light. Just so you have a bit of reference, know that SI says that a white or grey screen rejects less than 10 percent.
Made from flexible, multi-particle optic material, Slate .8 home theater screens are available in .8 and 1.2 gain options, in sizes ranging from 80 to 250 inches. Of course, custom sizes are also available upon request.
“We will stop at nothing to fulfill the needs of our customers. During testing, Slate .8 caused our beta partners to think beyond the former capabilities of their projectors,” said Ryan Gustafson, chief designer, founder and president of SI. “Our dealers are installing Slate .8 in well-lit rooms, and experiencing black levels and improved contrast that were unimaginable a year ago. SI employees, motivated by our enthusiastic beta partners’ response, are pushing the boundaries of two-piece projection every day, creating major industry advancements. Slate .8 is the first massive, ambient-light black screen in the world that has created a paradigm shift for large screen projection applications. Innovation is in our DNA.”
Screen Innovations has started shipping Slate .8 home theater screens, with a starting price of $2,100. To find out which screen is right for you, check out the SI website’s Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.