Vutec is coming out with a new fixed screen "material". It is actually an acrylic screen that is 3/8" thick. It has a gain of 2.8 and a very wide viewing angle (although the exact angle esacpes me at this moment). Here's the catch...it is a black screen. Pure black. I have no idea how they did it but I'm going to find out at Cedia this year.
Really, some of those claims are rather outrageous. No hotspotting? I imagine they are pulling the extra light out of the nether regions of a parallel universe! There's no free lunch, they must be getting the light from somewhere.
I've seen a prototype at Infocomm and it is quite impressive, but not in the ways that Vutec says. There is a quite pronounced fall-off as you move off-axis, but the screen was a little small to evaluate hotspotting.
Jason said that they claimed the viewing angle is wide, it's not that wide. Perhaps wide for a 2.8 gain screen...
60:1 contrast ratio sounds like it was pulled out of someone's ... you know.
It was quite interesting and I look forward to a closer look, but it doesn't quite meet the early hype surrounding it on this forum.
I should also mention that as a rigid acrylic screen it is going to be quite expensive just for the materials. There's a reason why you rarely see rigid rear-projection in home theatre.
BTW, it was shown as a *front* projection screen and it was quite dark.
[This message has been edited by KFung (edited 08-17-2001).]
Could be! I only saw it as front projection. I wonder if they meant the same technology could be used as front or rear projection? It's difficult to believe their claims if it can simultaneously function as a front and rear screen.
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