July 22, 2009
SI Exhibits New Reference Series Black Diamondô II CURVE Projection Screen At 2009 CEDIA Expo

The All New Black Diamond II CURVE Combines the Benefits of a Curved Screen Along with the BD IIís Superior Contrast, Color Accuracy, and Uniformity

By Gary Reber

SI (www.sicreens.com) is proud to announce that it will exhibit the new Reference Series Black Diamond™ II CURVE projection screen during the 2009 CEDIA Expo, held in Atlanta from Sept. 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center, booth 1137. The Black Diamond II CURVE is currently shipping.

“SI’s new CURVE Reference Fixed frame gives you the most immersive experience available,” said Ryan Gustafson, SI Screens President. “Curved screens have distinct advantages over common ‘flat’ screens, especially in installations where the throw is very short (1.6 or less) and pincushion distortion becomes an issue. With up to a 30 percent wider viewing angle, SI’s new Black Diamond II CURVE Reference Fixed frames give viewers the most immersive experience available.”

According to SI, curved screens help compensate the slight pincushion distortion that occurs when an expansion-based anamorphic lens is used, especially in shorter throw installations. An inward-curving screen naturally produces a form of “barrel” distortion which can partially compensate for any remaining “pincushion” from the lens. In a general sense, the lower the throw ratio, the more noticeable the distortion, and therefore the more of a “need” for a curved screen.

“And, just when we thought our new Black Diamond II projection screen couldn’t get any better, applying the new CURVE frame enhances the Black Diamond II’s viewing experience even further,” added Gustafson. “Black Diamond II is the only projection screen that eliminates the need for black masking. Black Diamond automatically masks the projected image eliminating the glow created by standard projection screen materials. This is huge for the home theater market as masking screens can be extremely expensive and are difficult for installers to set up.”




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