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Screen Research Introduces New CP1 Fabric For Fixed Frame Home Theater Screens Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2005
Screen Research has announced availability of a new screen formulation – ClearPix1, or CP1 microfiber fabric. It is available through their North American distributor, StJohn Group.

The new fabric has been released as a non-certified material for the consumer who desires to locate the center channel behind the screen. It can be used on all Screen Research fixed frames – Supreme, Classic, and the new integrator frames, the I-frame and J-frame.

According to Screen Research, pricing lines up with most non-AT screens on the market. Entry-level integrator frames start at $925 MSRP. Standard frame models start at $1,225.
John Caldwell, sales director for StJohn Group, said, “Like our current top-of-the-line CP2, CP1 is also a unity gain screen material, but because of its color balance, it will appear MUCH brighter to a viewer, due to the blue tint in the fabric. With CP1, there is no hot spotting that comes de facto from a brighter than 1.0 gain screen. Increased blue color balance is universally perceived as being brighter.

Caldwell continued, “CP1 is not going to be ISF certified for flat spectral response like CP2. It just means the installer will now have the option of either using the CP1 fabric as is for the client who likes whiter whites, or to calibrate a little at the projector. Not a big deal for most projectors today, but you would typically scrub off some lumens using this fabric if you want perfect color.”

On the audio side the screen is almost as acoustically neutral as the company’s CP2 formulation, and the frequency response curve is nearly flat to 20kHz. There is no audio comb filter effect and no EQ required – a problem with common perforated screens.

CP1 material is available on fixed screen sizes starting at 50” wide (viewable area) up to 100” wide in 16:9 format and 130” wide in 2.35:1 format.

Acoustically transparent black backing material is also available as an option with CP1 screens. This added layer prevents any light that gets through the screen from reflecting off of objects behind the screen, and back into the viewer’s eyes. When used in combination with the CP1 screen material, one need only to increase the center channel’s gain by approximately 1 dB.

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