Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® Series


How to order a Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® Series


The Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® Series is an electric motorized retratable projector screen that uses an Ambient Light Rejecting material. The retractable feature provides flexibility to mounting the screen without dedicating its designated location to exclusively one purpose. The ambient light rejecting material is formulated to sustain excellent color reproduction and contrast for enhanced picture quality in environments with little control over room lighting.

Screen Material

  • Award-winning CineGrey 5D® Ambient Light Rejecting Material
  • ISF Certified for accurate color points, color temperature and dynamic range
  • Enhances contrast, brightness, and color in ambient light room conditions
  • Active 3D, Passive 3D, 4K Ultra HD, and HDR Ready
  • Black masking borders absorb projector overshoot and enhances visual contrast
  • Extra top black masking border for high ceiling installation
  • Available in the following diagonal sizes:
    • 92", 106", 120" and 135" in 16:9 format


Design and Installation

  • Elegant arcuate shaped case in black finish
  • Floating brackets allow easy wood stud alignment for a wall or ceiling installation
  • Mounting hardware kit included
  • Wall mountable remote control cradle included
  • Plug & Play ready, no hardwire installation required


Control System

  • Internal Radio Frequency/Infrared receivers with IR, RF remotes included
  • Infrared IR "eye" extension sensor - ideal for concealed installation but still require Infrared control
  • 12 volt trigger capable for synchronized screen operation with the projector's power cycle
  • Manual control UP/DOWN buttons on exterior of case
  • S-232 capable for serial communication


Quality and Reliability

  • Tubular motor allows swift operation with a superior weight tolerance and operational lifespan
  • Low power consumption
  • Flame Retardant - Complies with NFPA 701 Standards
  • 2-Year / 3-Year ENR-G Manufacturer's Warranty by Elite Screens, an  ISO9001 manufacturer since 2004
  • Lifetime Tech Support by Elite Screens Professional Service Team through Email or Web Chat.
  • Benefits of CineGrey 5D vs. Matte White Projection Material in a Home Cinema Darkroom Environment

  • GreenGuard® Certification - Improving Human Health and Quality of Life

  • Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D®- Safe Place for Youth

  • Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® (Installation)

  • Saker Tab-Tension CLR®-S Ceiling Light Rejecting Screen for Standard Throw Projectors

  • Setup Guide: Ambient Light Rejecting Projection Screens

  • CineGrey 5D® Comparison

  • CineGrey 5D® Ambient Light Rejecting Material

  • Electric/Motorized CineGrey 5D® Product Video

  • GeekBeat Unboxing Starling Tab-Tension and Insta-DE

  • GeekBeat.TV-How to hang the Starling Tension Series

  • How to Properly Mount a Projection Screen

  • Selecting a Screen Size Educational Video

  • ANSI Lumens and Screen Gain Educational Video


Dimensions Table

The listed measurements are for general reference only.  Please contact Elite Screens to verify product design and dimensions before attempting to integrate its products with any structural or furniture modification.  Although a manufacturer may offer product advice, it may be taken or disregarded at the integrator’s discretion. Elite Screens will not be held responsible or be otherwise liable for faulty installations.

Decoding the Model Number
Model Number = STT106UHD5-E12
STT = Starling Tab-Tensioned Series
106 = Nominal Diagonal Size
U = Black case/housing
H = HDTV 16:9 aspect ratio
D5 = CineGrey 5D® screen material
E12 = 12" of top black masking border/leader

Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® Dimensions Table - M Type
ModelDiag. SizeAspect RatioView Area (HxW)Screen MaterialCase ColorGainViewable Width (A)Case Length (A1)Screen Width (A2)Weight Bar Length (A3)Viewable Height (B)Screen Fully Deployed Height (B1)Top Border (B2)Bottom Border (B3)Case Height (C1)Case Width (C2)
ModelDiag. SizeAspect RatioView Area (HxW)Screen MaterialCase ColorGainViewable Width (A)Case Length (A1)Screen Width (A2)Weight Bar Length (A3)Viewable Height (B)Screen Fully Deployed Height (B1)Top Border (B2)Bottom Border (B3)Case Height (C1)Case Width (C2)
STT92UHD5-E1292"16:945.1"x80.2"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.580.292.584.596.745.
STT106UHD5-E12106"16:951.9"x92.4"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.592.4111.596.7108.451.967.912.
STT120UHD5-E12120"16:958.8"x104.6"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.5104.6124.0108.9120.558.874.812.
STT135UHD5-E6135"16:966.1"x117.6"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.5117.6137.0122.0133.566.

Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® Series Dimensions Table
Model NumberNominal DiagonalAspect RatioView Area (HxW)Screen MaterialCase ColorGainCase Length (A)Bracket Distance (A1)Screen Width (A2)View Width (A3)Weight Bar (A4)Overall Height With Bracket (B)Screen Height (B1)View Height (B2)Bottom Border (B3)Top Black Border (B4)
Model NumberNominal DiagonalAspect RatioView Area (HxW)Screen MaterialCase ColorGainCase Length (A)Bracket Distance (A1)Screen Width (A2)View Width (A3)Weight Bar (A4)Overall Height With Bracket (B)Screen Height (B1)View Height (B2)Bottom Border (B3)Top Black Border (B4)
STT92UHD5-E1292"16:944.9"x79.9"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.5100.476.890.979.994.565.559.244.92.312.0
STT106UHD5-E12106"16:952.0"x92.3"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.5112.889.2103.392.3106.972.666.352.02.312.0
STT120UHD5-E12120"16:958.9"x104.5"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.5125.093.5115.6104.5119.179.473.158.92.312.0
STT135UHD5-E6135"16:966.1"x117.7"CineGrey 5D®BlackGain 1.5138.298.8128.7117.7132.380.674.366.12.35.9

Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® Series Packaging Dimensions
Model NumberDiag. SizeAspect RatioN.W. (lbs.)G.W. (lbs.)Net Wt. (Kgs)G.W. (Kgs)Packaging Dimensions (LxHxW)
Model NumberDiag. SizeAspect RatioN.W. (lbs.)G.W. (lbs.)Net Wt. (Kgs)G.W. (Kgs)Packaging Dimensions (LxHxW)
STT92UHD5-E1292"16:941.9 lb60.2 lb19.0 kg27.3 kg109.1"x7.7"x8.9"
STT106UHD5-E12106"16:945.9 lb67.1 lb20.8 kg30.4 kg121.1"x7.7"x8.9"
STT120UHD5-E12120"16:951.1 lb72.8 lb23.2 kg33.0 kg133.5"x7.7"x8.9"
STT135UHD5-E6135"16:956.1 lb80.0 lb25.4 kg36.3 kg146.5"x7.7"x8.9"

Projector Placement for Angular-Reflective Screen

Notice to Installer:

Please use the following installation instructions to obtain superior optical performance from the ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) Screen.

  • Angular-Reflective material is not compatible with ultra/short-throw projectors
  • Minimum lens throw ratio 1.5x image width
  • Ambient light must not come from the same direction as the projector 


Since angular-reflective means that the projected image will reflect at the mirror-opposite angle, it is important to position the projector so that the viewer will get the best possible image.

  • Step 1: Establish the general “eye level” of the viewers
  • Step 2: Set the appropriate projection level
  • Step 3: Adjust the screen height level and projection angle 

Input Angle (A) = Output Angle (B) aligns with the viewer’s angle

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Q: Can I buy a small screen material sample?

A: Yes, you can buy a screen material sample by clicking here.

Q: What are the benefits of using CineGrey 3D® or CineGrey 5D® material in a dark room with white ceiling and walls?

A: Projecting on a matte white screen material in a dedicated Home Cinema, typically requires a dark room environment for a great theatrical experience. Matte White materials diffuse light in all directions since that is their nature. This means that light will scatter everywhere in the room.  That is why a dedicated Home Cinema room should try to have as much black walls and light absorbing materials to reduce the amount of scattered light.  This scattered light eventually reflects back to the projection image and degrading the contrast ratio, color, and black levels which affect the fidelity of the picture.

The CineGrey 5D’s CLR/ALR technology allows the projector’s light to reflect back at the mirror opposite end.  This greatly reduces the amount of light scatter and instead focuses the light to the viewer’s sweet spot.   In addition, the black microscopic layers improve black levels and color purity to increase the contrast ratio vs a matte white screen material.

Q: I am interested in improving image performance (brightness, color, contrast, etc.) for projected images in a church sanctuary with high levels of ambient light. A salesperson recommended using a brighter 4700 lumen projector. Would this offer more noticeable improvement than using elite cinegray 5d® screen material? 
A brighter projector (higher lumens) will help with image brightness but it does not help with color contrast or black levels.  Since the projected image performance is important here, a contrast-enhancing material such as CineGrey 5D® is essential.  White materials will reflect all of the light in the room; the projected light, indoor lighting, and sunlight through windows and doorways, everything.  Because of this, the ambient lighting will still spoil image performance even with a bright projector.  Ambient light rejecting (ALR) screens such as CineGrey 5D® filter out indirect light allowing your projected image to be what your audience will see instead of the extra glare.  In addition to that, the screen’s filter layers enhance black levels and color contrast.  This means that shadows, textures and slight variations in color shading in the projected image can be easily seen.  Without an ALR material, such detail and clarity will not be visible. As you can see from the photos below, a bright projector does not enhance contrast.



Q: Isn’t the regular matte grey material the best for enhancing contrast? If not what material should I consider and why?
A: Matte grey was an earlier effort by projection screen manufacturers to enhance projector performance when projectors had limited performance ranges in need of a little help.  Matte grey materials added a darker shade to projected images that would enhance black levels to a degree.  The down side is that a projector with a high lumens output and interior light control was required. The next generation materials we offer now are CineGrey 3D / CineGrey 5D. The CineGray materials are ambient light rejecting. This means that the new materials will give you flat panel display brightness even with high levels of interior lighting. The old matte grey materials are washed out by interior lighting. Also, the Cinegrey series of ALR  and ceiling light rejecting (CLR) screen materials give reference grade quality that is world class certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for its professional grade abilities to provide accurate color rendition, contrast, and black/white dynamic range. The CineGrey 3D® has a wider diffusion range while the CineGrey 5D® is brighter. Comparing either CineGrey 3D/5D materials to the old matte grey is like comparing a couple of souped-up Ford Mustangs to a Model T.

Q: How well does the CineGrey 5D® or CineGrey 3D® perform in a dark room environment?

A: The CineGrey 5D® and CineGrey 3D® is great for dark room environment also, but we must understand its limitations.

First of all, both materials have narrow viewing angles.  So if you wish to have a wide seating arrangement after 80 degrees, you will notice a drop in brightness.

Second, because they are higher gain screens they reflect more projector brightness.  This may tire your eyes, so we recommend using a less brighter mode if your projector has a such setting.

If that is not a problem, then these materials will work.  And the best thing is, because they are angular reflective material, the projector’s light will not diffuse in all directions like a matte white material.  Meaning that they will not scatter the projector’s light and create side lighting. Thus, eliminating the need to absorb it with black velvet or paint a room really dark.

Third, because both of these materials are made with a neutral gray substrate, the color balance and temperature will be exceptional.  The dark gray also enhances contrast and great color saturation.

Q: Can I use my manual/electric Elite projection screen as a window shade to block the sunlight?
No, Elite manual and electric projection screens are not designed for use as a window curtain and should never be exposed to direct sunlight.  Prolonged exposure to solar radiation will destroy synthetic materials and such damage is not covered by our standard warranty.

Q: What are the model numbers for the Starling Tab-Tension 2 CineGrey 5D® Series?
Here is the full list of model numbers for the Starling Tab-Tension Series: STT92UHD5-E12, STT106UHD5-E12, STT120UHD5-E12 and STT135UHD5-E6

Q: What are the Infrared Remote control binary codes for the Starling and Starling Tab-Tension?
 The binary codes for the Starling and Starling Tab-Tension 2 are as follows

UP: 1101 00001000

STOP: 1101 00010000

DOWN: 1101 00100000

Q: Does the Starling Tab-Tension come with a 3-way wall switch? Are the wall box part numbers ZSP-WB-W or ZSP-WB-B compatible?

A: The Starling Tab-Tension 2 does not currently include a wall box. The only methods of controlling the screen would be through the IR/RF remote controls, the manual up/down controls on the exterior of  the case, or the 12 volt trigger cable. The wall box part numbers ZSP-WB-W or ZSP-WB-B are not compatible with the Starling Tab-Tension 2 as this series utilizes specialized circuitry that is different from other Elite Screens models.

Q: I have a short throw/ultra-short throw projector, will this projector work with the ambient light rejecting CineGrey 3D®/5D® materials?
A:  The ambient light rejecting properties of the CineGrey 3D®/5D® make the materials incompatible with short throw and ultra-short throw projectors. The recommended minimum projector throw distance for these materials is 1.5 times the viewing image width. There are two main reasons behind this:

  1. The CineGrey 3D®/5D® are high gain and angular reflective screen materials. These types of materials require proper projector and screen alignment as hot-spotting may occur if not set up correctly.
  2. Due to the CineGrey 3D®/5D® materials being angular reflective, the angle of incidence from short-throw and ultra short-throw will be too close to the material and the viewer will not experience the optimal projector/screen performance. The material will treat the projector’s light as ambient light and thus it will reflect it in the wrong direction.

Q: I have an Ambient Light Rejecting screen but it does not seem to work. There are windows behind my projector and the picture is washed out; what can be done?
A: *Disclaimer:  
As great as ambient light rejecting screen technologies are, there are still certain laws of physics that define what should and should not be done with a specialty material such as this.

Main Answer:  Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) projector screens are specially formatted to reject the majority of off-axis lighting from the top, bottom, and side angles. 
However if a strong light source is hitting the ALR material at roughly the same angle as the projector does, it will wash out the image.  
There is an easy solution.  I strongly recommend light blocking curtains or blackout shades to shield your room and to rely on the interior lighting that ALR screens work with.

Q: Why can't we use ambient light or ceiling light rejecting (ALR/CLR/CLR2) screens with ultra-short throw/short throw (UST/ST) projectors?  
Ambient light rejecting is a generic term for a variety of materials that prevents projected content from being washed out by incident room lighting from either natural or manmade sources. Each of these materials incorporate some sort of reflective microstructures that allows for projected light to create a superb image while off-axis light is either absorbed or reflected away from the viewers field of vision. 

ALR screen materials are typically made for standard “long-throw” projectors. As long as the projector and material are aligned in accordance with SMPTE standards, you will get optimal picture brightness, color-contrast, and black level dynamic range while off-axis light is essentially rejected.  We have created videos and articles on proper video and seating alignment to achieve the proverbial “sweet spot” for picture performance. Because Short-throw and UST projectors spread out their light signal over a comparatively short distance, much of the light is off-axis and will therefore be rejected by the material.  

Materials like our Starbright CLR® are specifically designed for UST projectors. Their reflective microstructures are aligned to reflect the upward spread light signal from UST projectors into a viewer’s field of vision. At the same time, the “CLR®” rejects other forms of off-axis light such as regular room lighting, window light, ceiling light or even the direct signal from a standard throw projector.  


Q: How about using any “ALR” (Cinegrey®3D/5D or Starbright CLR, etc.) by Elite with a ceiling-installed UST/ST projector?
Ceiling mounted UST projectors will not even work with a Starbright CLR® material because the material is specifically orientated to reject “ceiling light” or any type of lighting from above. This means that the screen will reject any overhead light, even from a compatible projector. Theoretically, you could invert the Starbright CLR® material to match with an inverted UST projector but the alignment will still not likely align properly with the human eye to deliver the ideal “sweet-spot” picture performance.


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