Screen Innovations debuts acoustically transparent versions of Slate and Pure screen fabrics

posted on Monday, 3rd April 2017 by Steve May

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Screen Innovations has introduced an acoustically transparent version of its Slate and Slate .8 ambient light reflecting projection screens, as well as its traditional Pure fabric. The new AT screens are available on the company’s screen form factors, including Zero Edge, Zero-G, Fixed and Motorized. 

“We created AT to give our customers the best of both worlds; the best picture and the best sound,” explains CEO Ryan Gustafson, “Pure and Slate have solved the problem of image quality with the sharpest image reproduction in the market by managing the texture pattern down to 9 times finer than standard white or gray materials, maintaining image uniformity. Merging Slate and Pure with our acoustically transparent technology has truly created the best of both worlds, picture and sound. Imagine hiding your favorite LCR speakers behind a massive Zero Edge screen with our popular Backlighting, even with the lights on thanks to Slate’s ALR properties.”

Acoustically transparent Slate has been a long-term Screen Innovations goal. “It has not been easy,” admits Tom Nugent, Chief of Technology. “Micro Perforating is difficult in its own right, but working with a 106-inch tall material is nearly impossible. We are perforating over 28000 .55mm holes for every square foot; clearly a daunting task.”

The company claims that its new material has a limited acoustic impact over the full audio frequency spectrum. “The effect of the screen has very little attenuation starting at about 1-2kHz. Typical impact on frequency response is well within the -3db range with a peak attenuation of -6db at 20kHz.” The difference can be compensated for by AV receivers using room correction, he sugests. “Additionally, many architectural speakers feature a treble compensation switch to adjust for this type of installation.” 

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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