What screen should I get for an ultra-short throw (UST) projector in a bright room?

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This is a good discussion that explains how to select a projection screen for an ultra-short throw projector. The links and discussion below covers the full discussion.


Here are the links used in the discussion that are for some favorite UST projector-friendly screens:


*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.



  • [17:04] Customer: hi
  • [17:04]        Jaime: Hello, how may I help you?
  • [17:05] Customer: yes, please, I have a request.
  • [17:05] Customer: I’d like to get some information about the Aeon CLR.
  • [17:06] Customer: First, what is the recommended ultra-short throw projector brand to be used?
  • [17:06]        Jaime: You can actually use any UST projector with it.
  • [17:06]        Jaime: We really don’t have a list of recommended projectors.
  • [17:07] Customer: I have a 3200 lumens UST DLP Optoma
  • [17:07] Customer: I’m worried about the room brightness.
  • [17:07]        Jaime: You can use any fixed frame with white material but for ambient light, the Starbright UST would be your best bet for an ultra-short throw projector.
  • [17:08]        Jaime: The white material is a solid matte white surface that does not have any particles embedded in it.  It will work well but you need atmospheric control over the ambient light.
  • [17:08] Customer: But the white material has problems with ambient light correct??
  • [17:08]        Jaime: Those are your two choices.  Matte white is good if you have light control, but the Starbright CLR material is best if you have problems with ambient light.
  • [17:08]        Jaime: Either control the light and use the white material, or use the CLR material for ambient light. Here is an informative video about UST projectors and the projection material that they are compatible with. https://elitescreens.com/elitetube/UST_Compatibility.mp4
  • [17:09]        Jaime: You won’t have any issues with your projector.
  • [17:09]        Jaime: Either screen works for you . Here is a video that describes how the Starbright CLR material works. https://elitescreens.com/elitetube/starbright_clr_animation.mp4
  • [17:09] Customer: Very good
  • [17:09]        Jaime: Controlling the light is key
  • [17:10] Customer: So do you mean the light in front of the projector or the room light as a whole?
  • [17:10]        Jaime: The room lighting as a whole.  Be careful about light sources that will present onto the screen from the same angle as the projector. The material can tell the two light signals apart.
  • [17:11]        Jaime: Mainly lights on the ceiling or the surrounding room light.
  • [17:11]        Jaime: This is how you choose the material to suit your set up
  • [17:11]        Jaime: If you have ambient light, go with CLR.
  • [17:12] Customer: CLR comes both white and grey, right?
  • [17:12]        Jaime: The CLR material is grey in appearance but depending on the angle, it can appear light or dark. If you look at the screen right-side-up, it is whitish gray. Turn the screen upside down and it turns black.  This is how the material is designed. The microstructures divert off-axis light away from you while allowing you to see the actual projected image.
  • [17:12] Customer: Okay, cool.
  • [17:13] Customer: Concerning the size limits of the screen
  • [17:13] Customer: Can I order bigger than 120″
  • [17:13] Customer: CLR
  • [17:14]        Jaime: The largest you can order is 120″
  • [17:14] Customer: Perfect
  • [17:15] Customer: What is the best screen you recommend for a home theatre (with frame or fixed frame)?
  • [17:16] Customer: I mean which is the best product for such a purpose?
  • [17:16]        Jaime: The fixed frame is my favorite. The material has complete uniform flatness which is what you have to have with a UST projector.
  • [17:18] Customer: with the Aeon product, is the back led light included or purchased separately?
  • [17:19]        Jaime: With the CLR, the LED kit is included
  • [17:20] Customer: Ok
  • [17:20] Customer: What is the difference between the Aeon ALR and the Aeon CLR?
  • [17:21] Customer: One is cheaper than the other although both are Aeon products
  • [17:23] Customer: Are there any features differences and usage?
  • [17:23]        Jaime: CLR is specifically for UST projectors
  • [17:23]        Jaime: ALR is for standard throw projectors
  • [17:23] Customer: Okay, well thanks for the explanation.
  • [17:27]        Jaime: My pleasure.  Thank you for choosing Elite Screens.
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