Ames, IA – August 26, 2021 – Made-in-the-USA film screen brand Seymour-Screen Excellence brings its expertise in acoustical transparency (AT) and ambient light-rejecting (ALR) film screens together for the first time with its Ambient-Visionaire Black 0.8MP. Available in various fixed-frame styles, the AT aspect allows for the center channel speaker (and room permitting, front mains) to be placed behind it for the utmost in dialogue and action realism, with its light-rejecting (ALR) aspect compensating for ambient conditions that otherwise compromise projected images. The screen surface is shipping now.
The Black 0.8MP is a micro-perforated version of the company’s Ambient-Visionaire Black 0.9 gain ultra-wide ALR screen material. Manufactured at Seymour-Screen Excellence’s facility in Ames, Iowa, the acoustical transparency is made by precisely punching ~120 holes / inch2 (each 0.02-inch in diameter) into the 0.9 surface.
While this spec is competitive with other brand’s similar offerings Seymour-Screen Excellence Managing Director Chris Seymour says “Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Black surfaces offer the most effective ambient light filtration available in an optical screen. With a deep background that absorbs 90% of ambient light from any direction, and an aggressive combination of carbon particles and stacked, dithered nano-mirrors, our screens deliver a 12x improvement in contrast ratios in environments that are otherwise unsuited to front projection use, even outdoors.”
The Black 0.8MP’s light absorption properties together with its wide 90-degrees viewing cone further contribute to an eye-popping ‘larger-than-possible-on-a-TV-screen experience.’ This is often desired for entertainment rooms incorporating billiards tables or bars, by video game enthusiasts or in dedicated theaters with long rows of seating, etc. At its widest the Black 0.8MP reaches 210-inches on the company’s Series-3 VistaCurve fixed-frame; 200-inches on Series -1 and -3 fixed-frames; 140-inches on Series-2 and 150-inches on its TRIM motorized masking system.
The Series consists of the Black (1.2, .09, 0.8MP gain) and Silver (2.1 and 1.3 gain) surfaces. Chris Seymour, who developed them all says, “The Ambient-Visionaire surfaces are comprised of billions of nano-mirrors, dithered at the desired viewing angle and layered so that side light from any direction will be absorbed by carbon particles and the substrate.
The reflective elements are shrunk down to less than 1/10th the smallest size visible by the human eye, therefore the screen cannot create a discrete sparkle. So small and dense, a 16K resolution pixel would have over 300 mirrors to itself; a 4K pixel would have nearly 5,000.
With this more efficient method of selectively reflecting the projected image versus ambient light, the screen offers the reference quality color uniformity that Seymour-Screen Excellence is known for without exhibiting any color shift, sparkles or ringing – all issues that have plagued performance of ALR film screens.”
The Silver 1.3 was reviewed and declared best-in-class by W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report. Meier is considered by many in the industry to be a leading reference calibrator.
Founded in 2010 as a joint venture by US-based Seymour AV (Chris Seymour) and UK-based Screen Excellence (Patrice Congard), Seymour-Screen Excellence combines the leadership and innovation of their acoustically transparent projection screen materials for high-end custom installers in North America. The company’s state-of-the-art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to traditional perforated screens or other less exacting woven screen materials. Manufacturing takes place at the company’s factory / headquarters in Ames, Iowa.
In recent years S-SE has expanded its offerings with many innovative new solutions created by Chris Seymour. These include award-winning ambient light-rejecting film screen technologies, the channel’s first color temperature tunable white bias LED back lighting kits and single- and 4-way motorized masking systems.
In 2019, Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) motorized masking system was declared a CEDIA Best New Hardware Product. In 2017, Seymour-Screen Excellence, in joint-demo with Audio Excellence and Wolf Cinema, was recognized by AVS Forum as Best 2017 CEDIA Expo Home Theater Demo.