|Screen Research Introduces Integrator I and J Frames to Increase Installation Options|
|Home Theater News Video Projector Screens News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 28 March 2005|
Screen Research has announced the availability of two new frame styles – dubbed the I-frame and J-frame – designed to give professional system integrators more flexibility in their installations. They are also a lower cost option that makes Screen Research’s patented micro-fiber based acoustically transparent screens competitive with most solid screens on the market. These new frames are available immediately through their North American distributor, StJohn Group.
Screen Research designs and supplies complete projection screen systems, which require installation by a professional, in order to guarantee the product’s reliability and performance for the customer. Consequently, Screen Research does not provide its projection screen material without the associated frames, cabinetry or adapted structures.
However, professional residential and commercial installers are increasingly asked to tailor their designs to meet their customers’ particular needs. To respond to this need, Screen Research has developed these two new frames specifically for this purpose.
The new frames can be used with both ClearPix1 and ClearPix 2 acoustically transparent projection screen fabrics. Both also employ the use of Screen Research’s patented Pi-grip self-tensioning screen system, which uses no snaps, grommets or Velcro that can cause edge distortion.
Pricing for complete systems starts at $1,225 MSRP for the I-frame and $925 MSRP for the J-frame.
The I-frame is a durable aluminum extrusion over which the ClearPix fabrics are stretched.
When ordering, the installer specifies S for “shallow” or D for “deep” orientation and the frame and fabric are shipped ready to assemble.
The screen fabric is then fastened on the back of the extrusion with the Pi-grip. Acoustically transparent and THX certified black backing material specially designed to kill light leak and to improve contrast ratio is also attached in this manner.
The I-frame would typically be used in situations where the installer wants a completely frameless screen, that could be hung on the wall like a picture frame, or mounted behind a proscenium, for example.
The J-frame is also an aluminum extrusion, but a much smaller and simpler design. It is a holding channel for the ClearPix fabric and Pi-grip and is intended to be screwed to an existing frame (i.e. a home made wooden frame, a solid proscenium, or an existing metal frame from some other screen supplier.)
Unlike the I-frame which comes cut to size, the J-frame comes in lengths of 45.2” (1.15m) for the appropriate size of screen that has been ordered. The installer must then cut the lengths of J-frame to the exact size during installation and screw the pieces to an existing frame of some sort.
If acoustically transparent and THX certified black backing material is required, for absorbing the 3% or less light leak, then dealers order a kit with two rows of the J-frame extrusions.