Elite Prime Vision (EPV), the dedicated Custom Install division of Elite Screens Inc., today announced that its DarkStar® eFinity ALR projection screen is adopting its successful EDGE-FREE® frame design to compliment its ISF certified ambient light rejecting (ALR) projection material.
“The DarkStar® is acclaimed by numerous AV industry experts and is winner of the 2015 CTA Product of the Year ‘Mark of Excellence’Award. This really is symptomatic of how good this material is and how successful this product has been.” said Jeff Klida, Vice President of Sales for EPV Screens. “The performance is already at the top of the scale; all that was missing was to make this available in the new “edge-free” format that everyone is asking for. Because of this, I am so happy to announce that the DarkStar® is now available in the enormously popular eFinity configuration.”
The DarkStar® eFinity Series is the new flagship line of EPV’s ambient light rejecting (ALR) “retro-reflective” home theater screens. The DarkStar® eFinity is the new flagship product of EPV Screens. It represents the absolute pinnacle of ambient light rejecting screen technology.
The DS9 material achieves this using an advanced retro-reflective, micro-structured optical filter that is capable of a 95% rejection rate of in-room ambient light. The result is a stunning, ISF-Certified color balance, the deepest possible black levels, an astonishing degree of detail and clarity in a full 180 degree viewing angle. Its near unity .9 gain characteristic means it can be used with a wide light-output array of home theater projectors. Aesthetically it includes a sleek, 9mm, edge free frame that will blend seamlessly in any home décor. Each screen also includes a variable color and mode LED backlighting kit that allows your screen to serve as a stylish source of environmental mood lighting when not in use. This award-winning product comes priced at 25-30% less than the competing brands.
The DarkStar® eFinity Series features an internal-framework with the wraparound material that is better known as an EDGE FREE® design. Its name comes from the absence of an external framework or “edge” as seen in traditional designs. It is a more aesthetically pleasing format for the purpose of custom home design. In addition to its design qualities, the eFinity’s EDGE FREE® configuration maximizes the viewing area in a smaller space footprint without compromising the screen’s structural integrity. The aluminum framework’s thickness measures 9mm making the thinnest in the industry. It also incorporates a compact split frame design that drastically reduces package size for lower shipping costs and the ability to navigate tight spaces to reach the installation site. Its innovative spring-hook frame mounting enables the installer to connect the fabric easily with perfect tension uniformity. Included is a 9 mm black bezel for when the viewer may prefer to have a subtle edge and an LED backlighting kit with variable settings and Infrared remote control.
EPV's DarkStar® eFinity is professionally engineered to incorporate optical micro-filters that actively reflect a projected image while preventing indirect or ambient light from “washing out” the picture. With the sublime balance of gain, contrast and viewing angle, the DarkStar® brings a hard-hitting performance to either a dark or well lit projection room. From a microscopic perspective, the DarkStar® utilizes a complex design that enhances brightness, filters ambient light and even provides an exceptional 6:1 contrast Ratio. Direct light is reflected back toward its source while ambient light is absorbed. This combination of retro-reflective filters and neutral black contrast layers create an image where “black-level” details are easily seen without compromising the color balance. In addition to this, a durable surface coating diffuses the light to eliminate hot-spotting, glare or other visual artifacts commonly encountered with higher-gain screens.
About Imaging Science Foundation (ISF)
The Imaging Science Foundation is in the Display Standards industry, and since 1994 has been dedicated to improving the quality of electronic imaging.
“ISF works with the majority of projector manufacturers to deliver factory presets that are close to calibrated. Matching that preset with an ISF Certified screen provides the best option for those who do not have a calibrator on site during installation." said Joel Silver, President of the Imaging Science Foundation. "Many thanks to Elite Screens for delivering ISF certified screens with accurate color."
Elite Prime Vision’s DarkStar® eFinity Projection Screen is available with a starting price of $3,998. It is presently available in a 108” and 124” size with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 158” in 2.40:1 formats. The DarkStar® eFinity projection screens will be available through EPV Screen’s line of dedicated residential & commercial integrator products. It comes with Elite’s limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty.