Ambient Light Rejection Screens
Draper has been in business for over 100 years. The company introduced its first screen product in 1957, so they are one of the oldest and most established screen makers in the world. Draper has a huge array of mounting/installation options to accommodate their many screen fabrics, many of which are ISF certified.
For this review Draper submitted their TecVision MS1000X Grey screen along with their Clarion frame with a 2" velvet border, which is only one of several options for this material. The MS1000X is a 1.0 gain gray screen with a moderate viewing angle.
The MS1000X falls sort of middle of the road compared to the other ALR materials in this group. At 1.0 gain it is not the brightest of the group at center viewing position. And we measured its effective viewing angle in our ambient light environment at 64 degrees. That is about double what you get from the screen with the narrowest angle, but it does not have the advantage of maintaining brightness across a extremely wide viewing angle as the Da-Lite Parallax and DNP Supernova screens do.
Contrast on the MS1000X is average in this group of eleven. It measured 23:1 compared to the low of 16:1 and the high of 36:1. The picture shows good color saturation and accuracy (it is ISF-certified for color accuracy). It also showed very good black level in the test with ambient light coming from the side, edging out the SI Black Diamond for its position as one of the top three screens in the review for this black level test. On the other hand it did not do as well as the Black Diamond with ambient light coming from above, and in fact was the lowest contrast screen when dealing with light from above.
The most problematic aspect of the MS1000X's performance was a very noticeable texture in the image, looking like ever-present fine grain. It is visible even when the camera is not panning, but becomes particularly obvious when it pans over non-textured subjects. Of the screens in this review the MS1000X stands alone as having the most noticeable texture artifacts.
One of the benefits of the MS1000X is that its price is likely to be much lower than the most expensive ALR screens in this review. Since prices vary by screen size, mounting options and shipping/installation costs, it is impossible to provide meaningful price comparisons. We would avoid the MS1000X if we had ambient light coming from above the screen, but with side illumination only it produces a very acceptable image. In low ambient light, matching it with a high contrast projector can give it an extra boost. Under these conditions if we were looking for the most cost-effective ALR options, we'd make sure to get a quote on this one.