Vutec Displays Vision XFT at CES: A Tri-Plex Masking Screen for Home Theaters
"Vision XFT is unique," said Howard Sinkoff, president of Vutec Corporation, "by offering viewers a native 2.35:1, flat-fixed, vertical masking screen for anamorphic lens projectors that maintains constant vertical height for all three standard aspect ratios—while eliminating the shadows that plague curved screen systems." Vision XFT achieves this optimum viewing experience by being designed by Vutec to leave no space between the masking panels and projection screen.
Vision XFT eliminates black bars on-screen while maintaining a full screen image and constant image height for 2.35:1 CinemaScope, 16:9 HDTV, and 4:3 NTSC TV aspect ratios through a built-in intelligent motor control system. This innovation ensures the vertical masking panels will achieve the perfect aspect ratio with each viewing experience—and lets home theater enthusiasts watch CinemaScope as it was actually filmed, along with HDTV and standard video, in a single screen system.
In addition to its built-in intelligent motor control system and Decora-style keypad control, Vutec has engineered XFT to use the company's IR6 infrared interface adaptor, allowing users to control the system via a learnable IR remote. Moreover, through its intelligent motor control system, the XFT is fully compatible with control system interfaces by AMX, Crestron, Lexicon and other manufacturers. Finally, Vision XFT ships fully assembled for immediate installation.
"Home theater owners are now demanding their highly sophisticated projectors be matched by an equally sophisticated video projection screen that accommodates the widest variety of viewing options," commented Kevin Baisley, Vutec's vice president of sales and marketing. "Vutec's engineering staff has met that need with Vision XFT."
Vision XFT users have a wide range of screen materials to choose among, starting with Vutec's patented SilverStar™ front projection video screen. "SilverStar provides a gain of 6 without any hot spotting," said Mr. Sinkoff, "and a 180 degree viewing area. Due to its innovative technology, SilverStar gives viewers vivid colors without color shift, and with greater detail than any other screen surface. With these attributes, SilverStar truly is a high definition video projection screen."
It's particularly well suited to home applications since consumers may not have space for a dedicated home theater with controlled lighting. SilverStar also compensates for those using lower ANSI lumen projectors. Further, the screen's extra gain helps maintain picture clarity over a greater viewing distance, which is beneficial for theaters and large rooms.
Other Vutec screen fabrics available for Vision XFT include BriteWhite Opaque (1.3 gain), PearlBrite (3.1 gain), GreyDove (0.95 gain), the company's award-winning acoustically transparent SoundScreen (0.95 gain) and GreyDove SoundScreen (0.85 gain).
"As more movies and DVD's are produced in 2.35 format," commented Mr. Sinkoff, "home theater enthusiasts will need a system that offers the greatest variety of viewing options. By maintaining image height with Vision XFT in every format, viewers know they will always have the largest possible image on screen. Vision XFT provides consumers with a total solution for home theater."
Vutec will be showcasing its Vision XFT at booth 21266 in the south hall 1 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
About Vutec Corporation
Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Florida, Vutec Corporation is a world leader in video projection screen technology, designing and manufacturing front and rear projection screens, masking systems and AV presentation tools. Vutec's Vision X and Vutec brands and Audio-Visual presentation products are designed for commercial, home, and institutional applications. The company holds patents on its SilverStar™, Retracta-Vu Pro™, and Vu-Flex Pro-Duplex™ screens. Its SilverStar™ high-gain/high-contrast flat screen, introduced in 2004, was the industry's first new screen technology in 25 years. Vutec sells through a global network of thousands of authorized dealers and distributors in 67 countries.