Seymour-Screen Excellence combines the most innovative screen materials in Europe and the US. The core screen materials are the highest gain, fine weave screen material available anywhere - the Enlightor™-Bright - and the ultra-fine weave, Enlightor-4K, the only AT screen developed specifically for resolutions beyond 4K. Our newest materials offer the most advanced ambient light filtration available on the market.
Unlike perforated vinyl screens which are ~90% non-acoustically transparent, all Enlightor screen materials are designed to allow the audio to pass through the screen with an almost inaudible attenuation and no comb filtering or lobing. With vinyl screens (left illustration), most of the sound is reflected backwards, reflecting against the rear wall and back to the rear of the screen with a delay. While the vinyl screen makers require you to use EQ to compensate for their frequency response problems, comb filtering, lobing and reflections caused by their screens cannot be compensated for electronically because the effects are different across different seating angles. With a woven material designed for acoustical transparency (right illustration), the sound waves are diffracted around the threads. The Enlightor-Bright only smoothly absorbs the top octave with a nearly inaudible effect. The Enlightor-4K has no phase or frequency effect with a completely correctable flat 2dB level change. Our success replacing vinyl screens in mastering studios reinforces the advancements we're bringing to home and commercial cinema.
Enlightor-Bright Gain 1.1, Standard fine-weave material for larger screens, grommet screens, or where seating at 12 feet or further. The highest gain woven AT screen material available anywhere, used in the world's most prestigious film production companies. Audio measurements below (88dB is -0dBA)
Enlightor-PRO Gain 0.9, Commercial woven AT screen material available seemless in up to 20' tall rolls with grommets installed. Used in film production studios and commercial cinemas for a moire-free image and sound that perforated vinyl just can't do.
Enlightor-4K Gain 0.9, Premium ultra fine-weave for smaller screens, or where seating is closer. The only woven material in the world designed and certified for perfect color and 4K resolutions. This is also the only acoustically transparent screen available that has no frequency effect. A -2dB flat level change is automatically corrected for via standard level calibrations. Audio measurements below (88dB is -0dBA)
Ambient-Visionaire Silver Our new silver 2.1 and 1.3 gain Ambient-Visionaire™ material offers the latest, most advanced ambient light filtration technology available. We deposit billions of nano-mirrors onto the surface, dithered at the desired viewing angle, and layered so that side light (from any direction) will be absorbed by carbon particles and the substrate. By shrinking the reflective elements down to less than 1/10 the smallest size visible by the human eye, the screen cannot create a discrete sparkle. They are so small and dense, that a 16K resolution pixel would have over 300 mirrors to itself. A 4K pixel would have nearly 5000. With this more efficient method of selectively reflecting the projected image versus ambient light, the screen offers the reference quality color uniformity that Seymour-Screen Excellence is known for without color shift, sparkles or ringing. Topping the screen material is a durable surface that can be wiped down and cleaned with common household cleaners including rubbing alcohol.
The silver 1.3 was reviewed and declared Best in Class from the most experienced reference calibrator in the industry, AccuCal. His test report is here.
Ambient-Visionaire Black Our new black 1.2 gain material offers the most effective ambient light filtration available in an optical screen. With a deep background that absorbs 90% of ambient light from any direction, and an agressive combination of carbon particles and stacked, dithered nano-mirrors, you can get a 12x improvement in contrast ratios in environments that are otherwise unsuited to front projection use, even outdoors. This is the smoothest looking A-V material, and used in demo screens for cutting edge projectors.
Radiant White Our 1.3 gain Radiant White is a hand selected screen surface, lab tested and recommended for optimal viewing performance in a non-AT dedicated room. The screen has a black backing layer integrated into the material to protect against rear wall reflections and maximize contrast.
Radiant Gray Our 0.8 gain Radiant Gray is a screen surface designed for mild ambient light and room color absorption. With a smooth viewing surface, the screen has a black backing layer integrated into the material to protect against rear wall reflections and maximize contrast.
Ideally, a gain specification should tell you all you need to know about the brightness you'd get from a screen with a given amount of lumens projected on it. Unfortunately, screen manufacturers in general do a terrible job of accurately representing their gain specifications. Therefore, the second job of a gain specification is to inform you of the change in brightness you'd expect in comparison to another screen, in other words how they benchmark to other brands. When benchmarked against competitors, we've found their woven screens measure from 0.69 to 0.95. We are the only screen company that offers both accurate and comparative gain specifications.
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Below is a detailed photo comparison between the Enlightor-Bright
(left) and Enlightor-4K (right) materials.