The Best ALR Material with a 4K Projector

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This is a common question. The ALR (ambient light rejecting) projection screen material is allowing projectors to create a larger than life video source at a fraction of the cost.


*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.



  • Steve: Hello, I’m interested in buying an ambient light rejecting projection screen for my home. I am purchasing a native 4k Sony projector and wanted to make sure I got the screen that would best utilize the 4k experience.
  •        Rick: You have a few options here. For starters, what type of projector are you using? Is it the standard “long” throw, short throw or ultra-short throw (UST)?  The reason why I ask is that there are specific materials that are compatible with the various projectors out there. Here is an educational article on the topic
  • Steve: It’s  for a basement that has some light coming in but not too much. however, I’d like to use the projector for sports games during the afternoons so I still wanted ambient light rejection. I’ve been looking at grey screen products with 1.2 gain. What would your recommendation be for your elite screens? I’ve been looking at the 3d and 5d Cinegrey 4k screens you have. Are there other screens that are better?
  •        Rick: All of the ALR screens you are presently looking at are 4k ready so you are good there.  Just be sure that the projector is true 4K so that you get a real 4K performance.
  •        Rick: The screen will combat ambient light and enhance the contrast as well. to get the best out of your screen you will need to adjust your projector to find the sweet spot for the best picture.
  • Steve: Are there any major differences between the 3d and 5d Cinegrey?
  •        Rick: The 5D is a 1.5 gain material and the view angle is 80 degrees, also due to the high contrast this is designed for rooms with constant light and no light control. The 3D is 1.2 with a 90 degree view angle this is best for low lumen projectors between 1500 to 2200 lumen will work great for rooms with some to little control of lighting.
  • Steve: OK, thanks
  •        Rick: My pleasure. Thank you for choosing Elite Screens.
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