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Q: I have a 16:9 (HDTV) home theater projector but I'd like to have a presentation that has a 2.35:1 (Cinemascope) aspect ratio on a 2.35:1 projection screen. Do I need an anamorphic lens for this?
A: For the best possible results, an anamorphic lens is recommended. However, it is possible to get a 2.35:1 screen format as long as you can live with the "black bars" created when a mismatched 16:9 native aspect ratio projecto is set up to fit a wider projection screen format. It is simply a matter of personal preference.
Q1: Why is a curved projection screen better than a flat one? I like the way it looks but what about performance?
A: Despite its good looks, a curved projection screen plays a valuable role in today’s home theaters. Residential cinemas are more commonly featuring the same wide “Cinemascope” screen format as one would watch when actually at a movie theater. This wider format looks great but also creates problems that a curve screen design eliminates. The curve serves two purposes. First, it has an aesthetic appeal that draws in the viewer by enhancing a sense of immersion while enhancing resolution and brightness. The curved screen, together with the anamorphic accessories will increase brightness and enhance resolution by up to 30%. It does this by eliminating the black margins that can appear on the projection surface of flat cinemascope screens. Second, it eliminates a visual artifact known as “pincushion effect” which is encountered when scalers and anamorphic lenses are used to create a 2.35:1 (Cinemascope) format. Pincushion effect is when the top and bottom center of a projected image appear to droop inward creating an hourglass-shaped picture. This happens because the light travels noticeably further to the edges of the screen than it does to the center (The further the throw distance, the larger the image), creating unsightly black margins on the screen itself. The curve design ensures that light travels the same distance to reach any point of the screen thus creating a properly proportioned image.
Here is a quick video on Pin cushion and curved projection screen.
The curve screens are for enhancing the performance of Cinemascope projection.
- (2.35:1) Curved screens work with the anamorphic lenses and scalers to eliminate 33% of “pixel waste” on the black bars.
- Curved screens properly format the anamorphic image with optimal contrast (effects of the black framework perfectly framing the image)
- Curved screens only real claim to enhance 3D is that their curvature helps eliminate hot-spotting on higher gain (3D) materials
- Curve screens also eliminate the pincushion effect
The “immersion” factor on a curved 16:9 screen is mostly a myth.
- Immersion comes from the wide-angle (Cinemascope) presentations where your peripheral vision is picking up movement from the sides of the screen while you are focused on the center picture.
- 16:9 format is popular for TV sets because your eyes can easily take in the whole image without extra stuff happening off to the sides.
- This is why theaters are 2.35-2.40 and TVs are still 16:9.
Q2: How do you decode model #'s?
A: Each Elite Screens' model number starts with the product series name. Follow by case color (if applicable, certain models only available in one color), screen material, screen aspect ratio and product series version. Lastly, extra black drop and its length (if applicable). Here is an example.
VMAX 128 U W X 2 -E20
128: 128" Diag.
U: Black Case (X: White Case)
W: MaxWhite Screen Material
X: 16:10 format (V: 4:3 / H 16:9 / S: 1:1 )
2: Version 2
-E20: Extra Black Drop 20"
Q3: What are the main aspects (ie. cost and features) that I should use in comparing the various projection screen brands?
A: Although there are many manufacturers that cover a variety of retail and integrator sales channels, product quality, features and pricing are still the driving critera for increased projection screen sales. The general pricing matrix that most follow is that a good projection screen equates to roughly 1/3 to ½ of the cost of a projector. Comparative features include the screen’s ability to provide clear color reproduction, contrast and a level of brightness that is suitable to the environment in which it will be used. Equally important is the product’s overall flawless quality and reliablility as well as included features such as IR/RF and Ethernet controls along with other accessories.
Q4: Is the Insta-RP material reusable? Can I remove it from one location and use it in another?
A: No, the Insta-RP is designed as a one-point application material. Its special adhesive that allows it to stick firmly in its installation converting empty window space into a rear projection screen for as long as the end user wants it to be. Although its removal is relatively easy, the adhesive in the Insta-RP material will be diminished beyond its potency for reuse.
Q5: Is the Insta-RP fully transparent when the projector is not in use?
A: No, the Insta-RP is not transparent, the color is off-white.
Q6: I notice that the materials on non-tensioned projection screens may curl at the sides while tensioned materials seem to flatter. What causes this curling?
A: Curling is commonly caused when a non-tensioned screen is in a room temperature below 65°F, but will maintain a relative state of flatness between 65-85°F (18.33°C-29.44°C). Curling does not distort the image, but for those interested in reducing side curls, Elite offers “FG” or a fiberglass-backed material that greatly reduces curling.
Q7: Can I increase the Top Black Border on my screen?
A: No, your screen’s Top Black border has been set to deploy to its full extent. Attempting to increase will damage the motor and void your warranty with Elite Screens.
Q8: Will I void my warranty if I cut the power cord on my Evanesce screen to hardwire it?
A:No, you will not void your warranty, but cutting the cord is not necessary. Please see our hardwired connection (direct control) instructions HERE
Q9: Do any of the trim pieces from the Evanesce Series screen come off to allow installation if there is no access above the screen?
A: Yes, our European Style Evanesce Series screen will accommodate your installation. Please click HERE
to view the user guide for installation instructions.
Q10: What is the difference between the VMAX Plus 2, 3 and 4?
A: See PDF file for explanation. Ciick here
Q11: What preventative maintenance does Elite Screens recommend for electric screens?
A: Elite strongly recommends using either a standard surge protector or a power conditioner on all electric projection screens.
Q12: The synchronized motors seem to be really slow. Why would someone prefer a synchronized motor over a faster Tubular motor?
A. The reasons why a customer would prefer the slower synchronized motor over the tubular is as follows:
- The synchronized motors are silent. Many consumers prefer that all of their home theater gear operate silently.
- The synchronized motor consumes considerably less power per operation than a tubular motor making it more of a green-conscious product.
- Because the synchronized motor is produced at a lower cost than the tubular motor, we can forward the savings on to the consumer by providing a more aggressive price point.
- Because of its slow speed, the synchronized motor generates less heat allowing it to enjoy a long operational lifespan.
- Lastly, the synchronized motor has a drop speed that is roughly equal to a projector’s power cycle.
Q13: Are Elite’s electric screens compatible with Harmony remotes?
A.Yes, Elite’s electric screen products are compatible with Harmony and in their database.
Please visit the Harmony website for further assistance with programming your remote with our electric screens.
Q14: Should I get a 1:1, 4:3, 16:9, 16:10 or 2.35:1 format screen?
A. It depends entirely what your intentions are but here are the general format uses to help you out.
1) 1:1 format: If you use traditional Slideshow/OHP (Overhead Projector), Document Camera, and commercial projector presentations. These are most commonly used in schools, government facilities, and houses of worship.
2) 4:3 NTSC format: PC software, Commercial Presentations (if your projector is SVGA or XGA native resolution), Classroom Training, and Gaming.
3) 16:9 HDTV format: Home Theater Movies and Gaming
4) 16:10 format: PC software, video games, video editing, presentations from notebooks with WXGA or WUGA native output.
5) 2.35:1 Cinemascope format: Strictly Home Theater movies.
Q15: I just got a good deal on a SVGA Projector with a contrast ratio 2500:1. It gets good quality in a 100" image on a white wall so I am planning to get a screen without spending too much. What should I buy?
A: Many people are using SVGA Projectors for videos and gaming with good results. Here are some ideas for selecting your Projection Screen.
Step 1: Choose a screen that is somewhere between the $100 to $400 price point (excluding size factors). As a rule of thumb, try to keep the cost of your screen to about 30% of your projector's cost for the sake of proportional spending.
Step 2: Choose a 4:3 or 16:9 format screen, depending on how much time you will be involved with TV, gaming or movies that have various formats from 4:3, 16:9, and 2.35:1.
Step 3: MaxWhite or CineWhite is the best choice for you. But you may also consider high contrast gray material to improve your black levels if you are watching presentation with an SVGA projector with a low contrast ratio at about 2000:1 with a high output that exceeds 1500 lumens. Contrast gray is primarily used to improve black levels but the diminished light return should always be considered.
Q16: What size of screen should I get for my room?
A. The best way to do it is to make sure the screen's diagonal size matches the distance to you first row of seating. There is not set standard size for a room, just consider the seating location of you and your guests. Your material should allow everyone to comfortably sit and watch without craning their necks back or shifting their eyes from side to side. Generally, 84" - 106" diagonal sizes are appropriate for your typical residential setup.
Q17: What would be a good screen for my home theater room if I was planning on using it for regular TV and not just movies?
A: Although the sky's the limit when it comes to getting a home theater projector, there are 3 basic qualities that define the typical mainstream consumer product.
1. Price point is at or below $4,000 USD
2. Your Projector's Contrast Ratio is higher than 2500:1
3. Your Projector has a 16:9 (HDTV) Native Aspect Ratio
Matte White is the most widely used material because of its superior versatility and it is recommended over high gain or contrast gray surfaces. It has a wide diffusion uniformity for maximum visibility and will get satisfactory results with virtually any front projection array. It is recommended over high gain material because high gain concentrates the diffusion into a narrow viewing cone with sharp color enhancement which is great for a dedicated home theater environment but not preferred for a multi-purpose room due to its limited visibility angle. Contrast gray material enhances black level contrast for older DLP and entry level LCD projectors but also does this at the expense of diminished light return which means it should be used only with high output projectors.
Front projection should generally be used in a setting with controlled lighting or no ambient light at all.
• MaxWhite: Standard matte white textured material
• MaxWhite FG: Matte white textured material with Fiber Glass backing for enhanced rigidity
• CineWhite: PVC tension reinforced variant of matte white
• AcousticPro1080™: Acoustically sound transparent matte white weaved material
Elite Screens suggests the following Projection Screen types
1. Wall / Ceiling / In-Ceiling - (Manual and Electric)
* See Manual, Manual SRM, Spectrum, VMAX2, Home2, CineTension2, Osprey Tension Dual, Evanesce, and Evanesce Tension
2. Wall only (For dedicated home theater) - Fixed Frame
* See SableFrame, ezFrame, Cinema235, and Elite Prime Vision Fixed Frame
3. Outdoor, Portable Business, or Recreational Presentations (Floor Pull Up or Folding Frame Screens)
* See QuickStand, QuickStand Drape, ezCinema, ezCinema Plus, Tripod, Tripod Pro, and MicroFlip
4. Indoor, Electric Floor Rising
* See Kestrel, Kestrel Tension, Raptor, Raptor Tension, Raptor Module,and Raptor Module Tension
Q18: What is the difference between the ezFrame, SableFrame, and Elite PrimeVision
A: The SableFrame only has models with our CineWhite screen material and the frame design on all of these series vary. See picture below for details
Q19: Does Elite’s Electric Screens support 220V or will I need to buy a transformer to convert the volts?
A: Elite Screens Electric screens stocked in the US warehouse only support 110V 60 Hz, if you need 220V screen, we can arrange a special order to directly ship from our factory to you within 45-60 days. Or we can ship from our US warehouse stock with the 220V/110V transformer ( Model ZTF220, Note: this model only supports VMAX and Spectrum series up to 150" Diagonal, all other series are not compatible)
If you require a customer size screen, please fill out the form located at: http://www.elitescreens.com/csr.htm
Please download the Screen Compatibility Table HERE
Q20: Will I void my warranty if I cut the power cord cable to hardwire my electric screen?
A: No, Elite Screens understand the need to hardwire your electric screen and therefore will not void your warranty.
Q21: How do I clean my Elite Screen projection screen material?
A: All Elite Screens projection materials with the exception of the StarBright™ 7 and the StarBright™ 4 can be cleaned with mild soap and water using a soft terry cloth. For stain removals, stronger cleaning agent may be used. Please use with caution as strong cleaning agents may remove the coating screen material and cause permanent damage.
StarBright™ 7 material is to be cleand with a very soft cloth and mild soap and water. Do not rub the viewing surface or permanent damage will occur.
StarbBright™ 4 (WhiteBoardScreen™) is cleaned with the included spray bottle and the high density eraser. For deep cleaning, we recommend using a low alcohol product and wiping it off with the high density eraser.
Q22: How high should I hang the projector screen?
A: As a rule, it is recommended to ensure that the center of the screen is in alignment with the eye level of those seated in the first row of a graduated Home Theater seating layout. This will provide the best levels of ergonomic stability, and will not negatively affect the vantage point of the following rows as their increased distance from the screen will provide a comfortable viewing position as well.
Q23: Where can I find the wired RJ-45 5/12 volt trigger adaptor pin-layout?
A: The adaptor can easily be made by using a CAT-5 networking cable and a RJ-45 networking connector. See image below and please note that the RJ-45 is exclusively designed to be compatible with only a projector’s trigger output. Any other type of device’s trigger output that you choose to utilize with our product is to your own discretion and is not covered under warranty should there be any malfunction. Please contact Elite Screen’s technical support department for further information.
Circuit board layout of CineTension2, Home2, VMAX2, Spectrum, Kestrel series screens
Download and print this drawing
Q24: How would I synchronize the up/down function of my electric screen with my projectors power cycle?
A: To ensure that your projector can support a trigger application, please be sure to:
a. Reviewing your projectors user manual.
b. Contact the manufacturer of your projector.
If you do find that your projector supports a trigger application, connect the Elite Electric Screen Trigger Adapter cable from your Screen to your projector's trigger port (Please consult a professional installer for further details on wiring and installation). Since Elite Screens only provides the screen 5-12 volt RJ-45 adaptor, you will need to contact your projectors manufacturer for the trigger adaptor of the projector. Most projector manufacturer trigger ports use a mini jack plug and adaptor that may be obtained at most local electronics stores. Please consult with your dealer or projector manufacturer for further details concerning this trigger adaptor and installation.
Q25: Does Elite’s Electric Screens support 220V or will I need to buy a transformer to convert the volts?
A: Elite Screens Electric screens stocked in the US warehouse only support 110V 60 Hz, if you need 220V screen, we can arrange a special order to directly ship from our factory to you within 45-60 days. Or we can ship from our US warehouse stock with the 220V/110V transformer ( Model ZTF220, Note: this model only supports VMAX and Spectrum series up to 170" Diagonal, all other series are not compatible)
If you require a customer size screen, please fill out the form located at:
Q26: Are Elite Screens electric products supported to work with control systems such as AMX, Crestron and Logitech?
A: Our IR remote controls have been evaluated and entered in to the databases of some control system companies including AMX and Crestron. Please contact the manufacturer of your control system to inquire about the ability to for the system to function with our Electric screen products.
Q27: What is the Min. and Max. Operating/Storage temperatures for the Elite Projection Screen?
A: Operating Temperature: +32°F to +113°F ( 0°C to +45°C)
Storage Temperature: -14°F to +158°F ( -10°C to +70°C).
Q28: Does Elite Screens make custom size screens?
A: Yes, Elite Screens can make custom size screens.
Please visit http://www.elitescreens.com/csr.htm to order a customer size screen.
Q29: What are the amps/watts of your Electric Screens?
A: The ratings on our electric screens vary from series based on the motor they utilize. Please see chart below for these ratings.
Q30: Why does my electric screen no longer function?
A: There are a few possible things you could check:
1. Make sure your wall plug has power and that the screen is properly plugged in.
2. If the screen works well with the wall switch but not with the remote controls, ensure that fresh alkaline batteries are installed in the remote controls.
3. Check your screen’s internal fuse. (Please call our Tech Support for location of fuse before tampering with the screen.)
4. Our Home2, CineTension2, Kestrel, Raptor and VMAX Plus 3/4 screens feature a tubular motor equipped with a Thermal Relay. This feature will automatically shut off the screen should your motor become too hot, thus preventing overheating of the motor. To correct this, simply leave the screen alone for 20-30 minutes and try again.
Q31: I just purchased an Elite electric screen and need to adjust the drop. How can I achieve this?
A: All Elite electric screens have been set to factory settings that are not designed for adjusting. If an adjustment is necessary we can walk you through the procedure or send you the instructions, however they will be used at your discretion and Elite Screens is not liable for any damages that may result from over-adjusting. Vertical limit adjustment is not recommended since the damages can be permanent and irreversible. Adjusting the vertical limit also voids the standard Elite Screens warranty.
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