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Acoustic Transparent Materials

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Q: Will I sacrifice picture quality using Elite’s AcousticPro 1080P3 (Acoustically Transparent) screen material?

A: All acoustically transparent materials on the market today are light enough in thickness to allow sound to penetrate it with low-level attenuation (decrease in sound quality) but normally come at the cost of having considerable light loss as well. Elite’s AcousticPro 1080P3 acoustically transparent (AT) material is an exception to this rule.  It has an astonishingly fine (.01mm) micro-perforated texture that allows sound to breathe through the fabric with minimal attenuation. At the same time, it allows the video aspects of the material to perform on the same level as a typical matte-white (non-acoustic) material does. The ultra-fine perforations of the AcousticPro 1080P3 “AT” material allows it to be used with high resolution (4096x2160 pixel ratio)  projectors. A special reflective compound coats the surface of Elite’s 1080P acoustic material to compensate for light penetration by reflecting the brightness of the projected image. All these features come together to form a product with superior acoustic transparency that has just 1% light loss while presenting a neutral color temperature (6500°-7000° Kelvin). This is equivalent and in some cases, even surpassing in video performance to a standard matte white non-acoustic projection screen.

Q: How far should I place my speakers behind Elite’s AcousticPro 1080P3 and AcousticPro UHD (Acoustically Transparent) screen materials?

A: projection screen mounted flush against the wall over a properly installed in-wall speaker will have a sufficient distance by itself. There will generally be about a 1” total distance between the speaker’s dust cap (depending on make/model) and the screen with a 5mm (.2”) spacing between an in-wall speaker’s grill and the AT screen material itself.

Q: Is there a minimum distance I need to place the screen in front of the speaker drivers or can I place the screen flush with the wall containing in-wall speakers?

A: With few exceptions, acoustically transparent projection screens are flush-mounted to the wall directly in front of the speakers but never in direct contact with them. The distance between the acoustic screen material and the speaker should be a minimum of about 5mm to several inches. A speaker’s voice coil vibrates in the process of producing sound. If the driver(contains voice coil) is in direct contract with your screen material, your picture will vibrate along with the sound creating poor picture quality.

Q: Can I use the AcousticPro UHD material in a room with ambient light?

A: The AcousticPro UHD performs at its best in a light controlled environment, not in a room that will have ambient light. The material is a fabric with a special weave pattern for projection use. It is suggested to go with our standard CineWhite material if a matte white screen is needed. Or better yet, our very best CineGrey 3D or CineGrey 5D material will perform better with a higher gain and Angular-Reflective front projection with ambient light rejecting technology.