For decades the Torrance, Calif.-based company Stewart Filmscreen has set the bar in the projection screen category. Building on its legacy the company introduced its new Harmony acoustically transparent screen material at the recently concluded ISE 2016 in Amsterdam.
Showing its latest screen material with its exhibition partners Pro Audio Technology, Digital Projection, PRIMA Cinema and CinemaTech with content ranging from the trailer for the upcoming movie Secret Life of Pets and Ginger Baker's drum solo from the 2005 series of reunion shows video from Cream, Stewart demonstrated its new screen material in conjunction with its VistaScope Jumbo masking system.
Stewart explains Harmony can be ordered as large as 114 inches high and 273.5 inches wide in 2.4:1 aspect ratios. According to the company, sizes this large represent a 25 percent increase over the screen material it replaces — Tela 80.
Harmony is available for residential and commercial applications in a choice of formats, including Stewart's AT1.5 fixed frame wall screen, VistaScope, and later this spring, it will be offered as part of the company's flagship Director's Choice four-way masking system.
Stewart Filmscreen specifies the screen as an 0.8 gain solution with an 85-degree half-gain angle, and it notes there are no minimum throw distances associated with the woven-white material.
Stewart adds the screen minimally impacts audio by 1dB over 10kHz. Stewart also points out that it packages the screen with a black, acoustically transparent backing screen to eliminate interference from reflected light passing through the screen. When the screen and backing are combined, high frequencies are attenuated by a maximum just 2dB.
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