The new Stewart Filmscreen dual-roller projection screen, appropriately named Gemini, uses dual aspect ratios to accommodate both HDTV (16:9) and Widescreen Cinema Scope (2:35:1) screen materials for environments with high ambient light as well as home theaters. It debuts for the first time at CEDIA 2017.
CE pros often need to choose between a screen material that will offer a true cinematic experience within a home theater … or one that will perform well in high-ambient light conditions. Stewart set out to solve this issue with the Gemini screen, which offers both within a contemporary case.
Users can automatically change the screen material and aspect ratio from 16:9 HDTV to 2.35:1 Cinemascope with the push of a button or via voice control when paired with third party options like Amazon Echo.
During its CEDIA debut, Gemini will be equipped with Stewart Filmscreen’s StudioTek material with a 2:35 aspect ratio, which is available in sizes up to 196-inches diagonal and intended for a movie night in a dark home theater. Gemini will also be shown with Phantom HALR, Stewart Filmscreen’s high ambient light rejection screen material in a 16:9 aspect ratio ideal for video streaming, sports and other content in bright conditions. Gemini can accommodate Phantom HALR screens up to 156 inches diagonal.
Both screens roll up into Gemini’s unobtrusive casing when not in use, ensuring that CE pros can maintain the desired design aesthetics of a room.
Gemini is available in a variety of flexible front projection configurations. Acoustically transparent options are also available using Stewart's proprietary Cinemaperf or Microperf X2 THX Ultra perforated material options.
Assembly and Installation
The Gemini system's lightweight screen housing comes in a choice of black or white case color, and a four-corner mounting system for ceiling recessed installations. Optional wall-mount brackets are available for applications where wall mounting is preferred. The unit ships fully-assembled with a three-prong power connection.
The system comes complete with dual Somfy screen motors for nearly silent operation.
The Gemini screen uses a dual IMC control, which can include a 12-volt trigger on the IMC or add the optional IBT 100 for RS-232 connection. Gemini is also compatible with many home automation and control systems including Crestron, AMX and Savant.
“At Stewart, we pride ourselves on listening to the market. The new Gemini dual roller screen system provides consumers with the ability to enjoy their favorite sports and movies with the best image fidelity and performance, all with one screen application,” says Shannon Townley, president and CEO, Stewart Filmscreen. “We’re excited to present this new product offering to the market at CEDIA 2017 and hope that attendees will stop by and witness the ultimate viewing experience for themselves.”
Visit Stewart Filmscreen in booth #5329 at CEDIA 2017 and stop by on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a cocktail reception to celebrate 70 years in business.
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