Elite has bolstered its high value line up of ambient-light rejecting screens with the addition of the Aeon Starbright CLR 16.
As an angular-reflective ALR material, the Starbright CLR 16 is strictly for standard long-throw projectors and is not compatible with UST or short throw projectors. It requires careful positioning of the projector vis a vis the screen to ensure optimum performance, and is designed primarily for ceiling mounted projectors. When properly installed, however, it delivers impressive specs, including a high 1.65 gain to combat bright ambient light and absorption of up to 90% of overhead light. The silver screen's multi-layer optical microstructure relies on UV-resin to filter and aborb light, resulting in vibrant color and high contrast images, Elite says. It's also got a smooth, non-textured surface compatible with 4K and 8K projections. Not surprisingly for such a high-gain screen, viewing angle is cited as 80 degrees, so it's not ideal for viewing from far off-axis.
Available in just one size for now at 123 inches diagonal in 16:9 aspect ratio, the screen comes with the company's ultra-thin black-bezel Aeon frame, but the Edge Free screen design—which wraps the material around the main-frame—makes it an option to go with a borderless presentation without the bezel. A multi-color LED backlight kit with IR remote is also supplied, and slips easily into a channel in the back of the frame. The split-frame aluminum construction provides for a smaller shipping parcel and easy construction on site. Sliding wall-mount brackets allow for horizontal movement to center the screen after it's hung.
The Aeon Starbright CLR 16 carries an MSRP of $2,309 but is being promoted currently for $1,729 at major online retailers. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty, or three years for education, non-profit, religious or government/military organizations.
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