Seymour-Screen Excellence Enlightor-Neo AT Screen at CEDIA 2017

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The Seymour-Screen Excellence Enlightor-4K is one of the top woven acoustically transparent (AT) screens on the market today. Not one to rest on its laurels, the company introduced a new woven AT material at CEDIA—the Seymour-Screen Excellence Enlightor-Neo.

With a gain of 0.8, Enlightor-Neo employs a finer weave pattern than the Enlightor-4K, making it a smoother, more matte surface. Seymour-Screen Excellence had both materials on display, allowing visitors to touch them (which I would never do to a screen installed in a home theater!). The Enlightor-Neo was indeed smoother than the 4K.

In addition, it attenuates the level of sound coming from speakers behind the screen by just 1.5 dB across the entire audible spectrum. That’s half a decibel less than the Enlighter-4K. And it’s more stretchy, allowing it to be used in a retractable housing.

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This is a close-up shot of the Enlightor-4K material. Notice its weave pattern.

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This is a close-up shot of the Enlightor-Neo material. Notice that its weave pattern is finer.

In collaboration with Wolf Cinema and French newcomer Audio Excellence, Seymour-Screen Excellence presented a full demo in a blacked-out, acoustically treated room. A Wolf TXF-5000 projector—a seriously souped-up version of the JVC DLA-RS4500—fired onto a 142″ (diagonal) Seymour-Screen Excellence Enlightor-Neo. The 7.2.4 Audio Excellence system included five 4-channel amps pumping 600 watts per channel into 8 ohms and an audio processor providing DSP-based crossovers and parametric EQ for the speakers. An Acurus pre/pro performed the decoding duties for an Oppo UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray player. The clips included 4K SDR and HDR as well as HD.

This was one of the best overall demos I saw and heard at CEDIA. The image was rich yet natural with deep blacks, great contrast, and superb detail. Likewise, the sound was excellent—loud but not fatiguing in the least, with great clarity throughout the audio range. The cost of the entire system was north of $100,000, but it was entirely worth it in my opinion.

Seymour-Screen Excellence also introduced the Trim 2-way motorized masking frame, seen in the photo at the top. It can be configured with top/bottom or side masks that are acoustically transparent. The big news here is that it’s about half the price of the previous TAM masking system. How can that be? For one thing, it breaks down for shipping in a cardboard box; the TAM needs a custom crate built to ship it. Also, it uses smaller DC motors, and the mechanics are all in one frame. However, the maximum width is 130″, as opposed to the TAM’s max width of 230″.