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The Revitalization of 2-Piece Projection

A roundtable discussion between Epson, JVC, Screen Innovations and Sony about the history, current state and future of two-piece projection.


Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond Zero Edge screen has a fixed, rigid panel only 9mm thick.  It has a 0.25-inch “pencil-thin bezel” even thinner than found on a thin LED LCD TV.

My life forever changed in August 2011. I bought my first house. Purchased an engagement ring for my girlfriend (now my wife). And I upgraded from a 46-inch Sony Bravia LCD TV to a 92-inch projection screen (thanks Bob Archer).

That 46-inch screen, my baby I purchased in 2009, has been relegated to the bedroom. It barely gets any use.

I won’t say where it ranks on the list of best moments in my life, but I wish I made the move sooner. Unfortunately,  until I started working in electronics I had the same problem many consumers have: lack of awareness.

The biggest obstacle in front projection adoption is awareness, according to Blake Vackar, director of sales, Screen Innovations (SI), and it’s one of many issues discussed in a fantastic roundtable SI conducted. Joining Vackar is Bill Birdsall, eastern regional manager, JVC Pro, Amy Escobio, product marketing manager, Sony custom installation center and Jason Palmer, senior marketing manager, Epson.

We highly recommend watching the video below as it discusses the history, current state and future of two-piece projection, including many sales and demo tips to build awareness among dealers and consumers. Here is a quick rundown of the video:

4:15 - The rise of large flat-panel TVs is great for two-piece projection. Consumers want the biggest screen possible, but they might not know the 120-inch option exists.

6:00 - Price-per-square-inch calculations; the cost for a 75-inch flat panel is $3.74/square inch, while the cost for a $4,000 projector and 100-inch screen is $1.50/square inch.

7:35 - Two-piece projection systems were once hard to install, that’s not the case anymore.

10:00 - What is 4K? Why is 4K important to two-piece projection?

13:00 - The state of 3D. How are companies handling 3D? It’s still a big story in the world of front projection, not so much for flat panels. “Nobody wants to watch Everybody Loves Raymond on their 40-inch TV.”

17:38 - The big screen is experience is for more than just movies.

22:25 - What are some of the objections to two-piece projection (Aesthetics, brightness, cost)?

27:00 - What technological developments are making two-piece projection more viable

30:20 - Why do we see 2:35.1 in two-piece projection and not flat panels?


The team involved with the projection roundtable discussion (from left to right): Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications & SI, Blake Vackar of SI, Amy Escobio Sony, Jason Palmer of Epson, Bill Birdsall of JVC, Rob Budde of JVC & Ryan Gustafson of SI.

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Steve Crowe, Web Editor
Steve is an editor for He graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Journalism. He joined the CE Pro staff in 2008. Steve is also a freelance sports writer for The Boston Globe and other various publications.


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