A: Yes, you can buy a screen material sample by clicking here.
Q: What is the difference between the version 1 and version 2 of the (Lunette, Sable Frame, ezFrame) Series?
A: While the frame structure and screen material performance remain the same between the version 1 and version 2 of the (Lunette, Sable Frame,ezFrame) series, there are two main differences.
- Version 2 features a newly designed material that has a rubber-edge border (does not apply to AcousticPro materials) which makes installation a lot easier and a lot less time consuming.
- Version 2 comes with an installation kit that includes wood screws & improved dry-wall anchors, wall brackets, screwdriver, and a mallet.
Both of these new features help speed up the overall process of assembly and installation of your fixed frame projection screen.
Q: I'm considering purchasing an Active 3D projector. What benefits are there in choosing the Airbright 3D2 or CineGrey 5D® material?
A: In general, the Airbight 3D2 material is beneficial to use with Active 3D projectors to combat the following.
- Active 3D projectors lose brightness when 3D mode is activated (approximately 50% of lumens is lost)
- More is lost when the active shutter glasses are put on. The dark tint of them block the projector’s lighting. It’s like trying to watch a movie with sunglasses on.
Both high gains on the Airbright 3D2 and CineGrey 5D® materials helps regain brightness levels in 3D mode, and the high gain avaialble on the Airbright 3D2 allows for some ambient light to be on without washing out the projected image as typically experienced on matte white surfaces.
The loss of brightness impacts the true home theater experience by producing a dim and bland image. We recommend using the Airbright 3D2 for this reason.
Q: I have a 16:9 (HDTV) home theater projector but I'd like to have a presentation that has a 2.35:1 (Cinemascope) aspect ratio on a 2.35:1 projection screen. Do I need an anamorphic lens for this?
A: For the best possible results, an anamorphic lens is recommended. However, it is possible to get a 2.35:1 screen format as long as you can live with the “black bars” created when a mismatched 16:9 native aspect ratio projecto is set up to fit a wider projection screen format. It is simply a matter of personal preference.
A: In addition to an appealing aesthetic appearance, the advantage of having a black velvet covered frame is to help absorb projector overshoot.
A: The Sable Frame and ezFrame frame have different frame designs. The SableFrama has an Astragal (half round surface flanked by 2-flat sides) profile as opposed to the ezFrame’s standard (wedge or sloped-edgethe frames are different only to suit different aesthetic needs. Please see this PDF for an illustration of the differences. Both frames come in 16:9, 16:10, and 2.35:1 aspect ratios. Both are also available in Cinegrey, CineGrey 5D®, CineWhite®, Powergain, and AcousticPro1080P2. The ezFrame is different in that it is also 4:3 aspect ratio and it is available with AcousticPro1080P3 and WraithVeil(rear projection) screen material.
Q: What are the benefits of using a Passive 3D Polarized Silver projection screen material? Do the Elite AirBright 3D2 and CineGrey 5D® projection screens fit this category?
A: 3D imaging occurs at a lower level of brightness than regular 2D presentations. Also, it is difficult to maintain polarization on regular projection screen materials. The benefits of Passive 3D polarized silver projection screens are that they increase the brightness of projected 3D images while allowing them to maximize retaining image polarization levels. Lastly, its diffusion layer enhances contrast. Although passive 3D imaging can arguably be performed on other projection materials, the polarized silver materials optimize overall 3D performance with the best results.
Yes, the Airbright 3D2 and CineGrey 5D® projection screens are passive 3D polarized silver projection screens made for the specific reasons specified in the first part of this answer. The Airbright 3D2 is the standard retail model while the CineGrey 5D® has added contrast levels for enhanced contrast and diffusion moderation.
Q: What do I need to have a complete passive 3D projection system professional grade in my home/office or classroom ?
- 3D Polarized Silver Screen: Elite Screens Airbright3D2 on either a fixed frame or tensioned electric “roll-up” configuration.
- Two Projectors (DLP or LCD or Lcos), any brand ok. *Pref. matching models that have the same resolution, aspect ratio, and throw distance for the best results.
- One Airflex5D system (check www.Airflex5D.com)
A: Passive 3D occurs in real time with both eyes seeing an actual picture as opposed to the alternating right-Left eye flickering of active 3D technology. The advantage in this is that the image is brighter because it is simultaneously shown to both eyes. With Active 3D the glasses obstruct the vision of one eye while allowing the other to see the picture alternating at about 60 exposures per eye per second. Essentially the viewer is blindfolded half the time without really being aware of it. The “flickering” of Active 3D technology is that cross-talk and shadowing artifacts occur more easily. It also has a higher tendency to create eye-discomfort in viewers. Passive 3D allows viewers to see the image more comfortably with greater brightness and clarity. Passive 3D glasses are also inexpensive so that they may be easily obtained in quantity and do not suffer from mechanical malfunction like the electrically powered active 3D glasses
For more information about Active 3D and Passive 3D, please check the comparison chart here.