To clear up some things about the Weave Materials
I have the Seymour XD, and also tested the Enlighter 4K. The differences between the Seymour XD and Reference Studio 4K AudioWeave is basically that the Reference AudioWeave is a smoother material, so there is less texturing and less chance to see the texture, this also reduces moiré as well. The AudioWeave 4K material is more colour-accurate material on top of that. Generally, the people that come to the showroom can’t see the weave pattern until they hit closer than 7’. The person above has better than 20/20 vision, so while everyone’s mileage may vary, I can comfortably say that 95% of folks out there will not see the weave pattern from 9’ or 10’ away, just from dozens of viewings per month at the demo room.
More importantly, the sound transparency is very different between the materials. The Seymour AV's material has material attenuation starting 2kHz, there it is measured to be 1 – 1.5dB or so and getting as large as 3dB after 12kHz. It is this large differential in attenuation that is exactly what a screen is supposed to prevent, and our AudioWeave 4K does a much better job of it. A 3dB difference represents a 50% drop in power, so once you take this into consideration, these seemingly small dB differences actually make a huge difference. The Reference AudioWeave material has 0.5dB attenuation, essentially in the entire sound frequency range. If you put our screen in front of the speaker, you will not hear any difference versus the original sound source. The same is not true with their material. It’s going to be nearly impossible to judge this with a sample material, so realistically, don’t expect to get any audio information from the samples, only the video part can be properly compared from the samples.
The Enligther 4K, being a more extremely tightly woven material, will actually have worse sound performance than both Seymour and our materials. The holes are simply too small and it severely impedes the movement of air across the material. This results in large attenuation as we move to the higher frequencies of human hearing. We actually experimented with very tight weaves during our design and development stage. We decided against extremely tightly woven weaves as it conflicted with our No Compromise design principle. Our design goal was to create a material that did not compromise video performance over audio performance or vice versa. The holes were essentially microscopic and just simply too small for the air to move properly. This resulted in 4 db of attenuation. Furthermore, the linearity of the material is also not very good, as the response curve of the material does not follow the response curve of the speakers. This means you can’t simply just increase the volume to compensate, certain frequencies will be too loud and some too quiet. Also, remember, when you boost the volume you are also increasing the distortion of your audio system.
You can actually see the audio performance of the Enlightor 4K material in the image below, this is pulled from their own test results:
You can see from the curve that the difference varies from 0.5db to over about 5db as the frequencies increase. Average is about 3 db. Another thing you notice is that the material is that even for frequencies even less than 1kHz, there is 2db of attenuation, where as with our material, frequencies under 1kHz, there is essentially zero attenuation. This is because lower frequencies with longer wavelength pass through materials much easier. Also you notice the lack of linearity from the graph. You can see that at about 4-5kHz, the gap actually narrows and the difference becomes zero, this shows that the material is actually non-linear and causing certain frequencies to peak and others to get lower. You can see especially in the midrange frequencies, the difference between the red and blue lines changes quiet rapidly showing non-linearity.
With no perceivable difference in video quality and far degraded audio quality, we did not go in the direction of super tightly woven materials. Instead we designed our material to be tightly woven with a high density of very small holes for audio performance.
To get a better understanding of this, visit this link:http://elunevision.com/audioweave-fixed-features.html
I know it is pretty, technical but it will give you a good understanding of just how the materials work.
So really, in conclusion, we designed a material that is the best balance in terms of audio and video performance. From realistic viewing distances of 7’ or more, you cannot see any difference between the perfectly smooth Reference Studio 100 4K material and the AudioWeave 4K.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me.