Spectrum Electric125H-AUHD Review by EDN Network (Brian Dipert)
Product: Spectrum Series
Reviewer: Brian Dipert
Review: LCD TVs are getting larger, higher-resolution, lower-priced, and otherwise better all the time. But, as a recent experience personally made clear to me, nothing beats a projection screen if you've got the money and space to assemble the necessary system. My new home came with a JVC DLA-X75R 4K (interpolated, 1080p input) and 3D-capable projector already mounted to the downstairs family room ceiling (yes, its presence was a factor in my decision to purchase this particular residence versus others I considered ;-) ). The DLA-X75R, as its name cryptically implies, is based on D-ILA (Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) technology, which is JVC's brand of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon).
The accompanying screen had been removed by the sellers; my first attempt at a replacement was the Homegear 120" HD Motorized 16:9 Projector Screen, complete with both wired and wireless remote controls and sold at Amazon for $119.99. The price was great, the motor mechanism was relatively quiet, and the inherent image quality (complete with a 160 degree spec'd viewing angle) was surprisingly good considering how much (or more accurately, little) I paid for it.
But the Homegear screen came from the factory complete with a top-to-bottom diagonal crease on its left-hand side, which no amount of hair dryer output could make disappear. Its presence wasn't obvious when the screen had an image projected on it, nor (obviously) when it was retracted, but the cosmetic flaw still bugged the heck out of me. And although the manufacturer was willing to swap it at no expense to me, the company rep I spoke with couldn't guarantee that the replacement would be any better.
Therefore, I've instead selected Elite Screens' Electric125H-AUHD:
Online Link: http://geekbeat.tv/unboxing-elite-screens-starling-tension-series-insta-de-series-screens/
The video here features GeekBeat.TV’s un-boxing of our projection screens for their new facility. This will include a large Starling Tension 135" motorized projection screen for the main theater room and Insta-DE 4' x 20' pliable whiteboard-projection screens for the office space.
June 9, 2014
GeekBeat.TV along with its hosts John P and Cali Lewis have become celebrity fixtures in the worlds of CES and consumer electronics enthusiasts alike. Recently, they decided to move into a bigger, better facility. The objective of their remodeling project is to create the ultimate Geek-friendly work environment. This will involve an intricate AV system coupled with the kind of interior decor skills that only John and Cali can pull off.
It was a great opportunity of Elite Screens to contribute to the project and we really look forward to the final outcome. The video here features the un-boxing of our projection screens at their facility. This will include a large Starling Tension 135" motorized projection screen for the main theater room and Insta-DE 4' x 20' pliable whiteboard-projection screens for the office space. For lack of a better term, the outcome's gonna' be epic.
Stay tuned, there is definitely more to come.
Marketing Manager, Elite Screens Inc
The Starling Tension Series features a stylish arcuate casing that enhances the flow of interior décor. It uses Elite’s 1.1 gain Spectra White FG material with a quiet and power saving synchronous motor. A complete set of Infrared and Radio Frequency Remotes, a 12-volt trigger and RS232 port. Product is available in a range of sizes including 100", 120",135" and 150”in a 16:9 HDTV format” through the CE Retail channel.
The Insta DE pliable instant dry-erase projection screens are designed to convert empty office wall space into a professionally designed projection screen that doubles as a dry-erase whiteboard. The 1.1 gain matte white material is designed for standard, interactive, and/or short-throw projectors. It is coated with a highly durable scratch-resistant optical nanotech resin that will withstand the effects of repeated use as a regular whiteboard does.
To learn more about the Starling Tension or the Insta-DE "pliable whiteboard" projection screen or any other Elite products, please contact us at:
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“How do you mount a really big projection screen in a room? We’ll show you as we hang the Elite Screens Starling Tension Series 135-inch screen on one of the larger walls at the Geek House. It’s engineered so well, that the hanging process is REALLY simple!” - Excerpt from GeekBeat.TV
Garden Grove, CA. July 18, 2014-
John P and Cali Lewis are the celebrity hosts of GeekBeat.TV and they did a quick video to demonstrate just how easy it is to put up an Elite Starling Tension. This recent video is part of a large presence that Geekbeat.TV has in radio, the internet and the various televised networks. Since a huge swath of the world CE-Retail community follow John and Cali's broadcasts, this is a real big deal. Their recent move into a larger facility demanded a makeover and the objective was to create the ultimate Geek-friendly work environment. Not only did they succeed but it was Elite's pleasure to play a key role in the project.
For this segment, Elite product used is a large Starling Tension 135" motorized projection screen is featured for the main theater room.
Stay tuned, we're just getting started on this one.
Marketing Manager, Elite Screens Inc.
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The Starling Tension Series features a stylish arcuate casing that enhances the flow of interior decor. It uses Elite's 1.1 gain Spectra White FG material with a quiet and power saving synchronous motor. A complete set of Infrared and Radio Frequency Remotes, a 12-volt trigger and RS232 port is included. Product is available in a range of sized including 100", 120", 135" and 150" in a 16:9 HDTV format throught the CE Retail channel.
To learn more about the Starling Tension projection screen or any other Elite products, please contact us at:
Online Link: http://www.avnetwork.com/av-technology/products/review-of-the-elite-screens-powermax-pro-motorized-screen/91461
Hands-On review of the Elite Screens PowerMAX Pro motorized screen By Margot Douaihy
Product: PowerMax Pro
Magazine: AV Technology
April Edition, P. 62
Excellent. It’s durable, thoughtfully designed, and a great complement to the decor of any room. The screen fabric is high quality, and in turn, the projected image picture is flawless. From static data to HD video, the imagery on the screen is extremely bright with light evenly dispersed in both the horizontal and vertical planes. “Perceived quality” and contrast ratio are exellent, as is on-screen color rendition. The roller mechanism works reliably and quietly. The roller’s housing is also a nice shade of white—it is not too bright, glossy, or shiny. It’s a subdued white that blends into any wall. Allied trades like interior decorators and architects will appreciate the attention to detail. When the screen is recessed it disappears into the decor.
Inputs, Outputs, Controls, and or Indicators
Excellent. I like that you can unplug the cord so that there doesn’t have to be any visible cord or wall box. It’s easy to pop out if you want. It offers a 12-Volt trigger which can connect to the projector, and an IR eye receiver for more remote control options. The wall box is powerful and makes sense—feature-wise—but I would prefer if it were a little smaller, for concealment purposes. A more complex wiring option available with the PowerMax Pro allows you to tie thescreen into your building control system for even more seamless operation. It’s a great option.
Technician-level user friendliness
Excellent. It took me 15 minutes to install this screen. It would take a team of two people half that time. The PowerMax Pro is a solid choice for both seasoned systems integrators and in-house tech managers that want to do their own installation. The screen can be mounted in two ways—flush mounted on the wall or hanging from the ceiling. For such a large viewing area, the screen is surprisingly lightweight; regardless of technical ability or physical strength of the technician, anyone on your team can securely mount this screen. It’s easy to handle overhead, high on a ladder, et cetera. The fix plate design for the roller, the loop holes for mounting, and screen construction allow for creative mounting possibilities. The clips that will hold the roller along the wall don’t have to be anchored at specific points on the wall or ceiling; therefore they can be anywhere you like. If you’re trying to avoid specific places—like a smoke detector, framed art, wood moldings, or a thermostat—you have that option. As long as it’s level, it will work. If you cannot mount it to the ceiling or wall (e.g., you have crafted tin ceilings in a historic building) you can easily hang it from the included suspended ceiling brackets. Ceiling chains are not included, but I didn’t need them for my install. Once the screen is mounted, and you just want to use the IR and three-way wall switch, there is no wiring involved. Just plug in the cord and it’s good to go. Again, you have the option of tying this into your facility’s control system, which expands your possibilities.
Ease of Use
Excellent. It’s extremely user-friendly for everyone. All you have to do is—quite literally—press one button. Anyone in the facility can operate this with confidence; it’s easier than operating a TV remote. Since it is not a manual pull-down, its functionality extends to all users, regardless of their mobility. For a facility that just wants plug-and-play operation from a motorized screen, this definitely delivers.
Does the price -point match the function/feature set?
Absolutely. You get a major return on the investment because my value equation includes the day-to-day ease of use, 10-minute installation, no need to “train” facility managers and users, the lack of upkeep (it’s remarkably dust-resistant). You set it and forget it—it’s technology that doesn’t get in the way.
Warranty and Pricing
“The PowerMax Pro has pricing as low as $903 (US) MSRP and is part of the Elite Prime Vision (EPV) line of protected, CI/Pro AV-exclusive projection screens. Each comes with a full three-year warranty.” EliteScreens.com
Audioholics Clint DeBoer
Audioholic’s AV professional, Clint DeBoer installs Elite’s CineTension2 projection screen and puts it through a full examination of its potential.
Elite Screens CineTension2 106" Electric Projector Screen Review
Dec. 10, 2011
Elite Screens has produced an almost innumerable variety of screens. In that way they have something for nearly any application you can imagine. But what's really amazing is that they typically price their products at a considerably higher value than some of the other major custom-installer-centric manufacturers. The CineTension2 Series is one of their more user-friendly models, appealing to both the professional user and the enthusiast. Tab-tensioning is a feature that many home theater enthusiasts crave - it eliminates the folds that often appear in non-tensioned screens over time and produces a much more attractive presentation with no distractions. When you're wanting to lose yourself in the movie experience, and a motorized solution is required, tab-tensioned screens are where it's at.
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Elite Screens may be less well known than some of the bigger names in the business, but they offer a wide range of projection screens for every application.
Their products are manufactured in China, making them more than competitive in price but limiting their ability to offer customization, such as sizes not included in their standard lineup.
Still, Elite does produce unique products. One in particular caught our eye: The Osprey, which puts two retractable screens in the same case, one of them 16:9, the other 2.35:1.
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AV Science Review - CineTension Series TE92HC1
In addition to the Elite EzFrame that I was sent, I was also sent Elite’s new Cinetension electric screen. As with the EzFrame, the Cinetension is part of Elite’s new higher-end line, designed to meet the needs of the more demanding consumer. This is a tab-tensioned design, which the key part of this is the lack of waves/wrinkles. However, this screen is revolutionary from one standpoint…price. The Elite Cinetension screen retails for about what most other companies non-tensioned screens sell for. This is a big advantage for those looking for quality performance, but also are still budget conscious.
I received my test unit in a timely fashion. The first thing I noted was the weight…62lbs. Now this is not an overly large screen that I used for testing, but it still weighed a substantial amount. This generally corresponds to a heavier duty unit. The box was about normal size for an electric, 8”x8”x~96”. The test unit I had was a 45”x80” as an aside. I opened the outside of the box and lo and behold another box! If you have read my reviews you know I love double boxing, especially with this sort of specialized gear. I should mention that in addition to the double boxing, the actual boxes were thicker than normal (corrugated cardboard, of course); very heavy duty. I continued on, opening the boxes. Inside, there was the screen. Surprisingly though it was double boxed, the inside protection was a bit scarce (see pictures). Basically there were 2 end cardboard protectors and then 4 thick foam wraps on the screen. I cannot comment on if this has proven to be sufficient, as I don’t know. But for a screen this size, compared to how some other companies’ internal packing looks, this was potentially a bit light in my opinion. Essentially delivery companies are having a lot of trust put into them to transport these carefully. From my experience, that could be dangerous. Again, it may have proven to work fine for Elite, but I just wanted to point that out.
Moving on, I took everything out of the box. As I mentioned, the screen had some serious heft to it. It was definitely a larger roller design (likely 3”), which tends to be the better type for supporting the fabric weight. Inside the box were a couple small accessory boxes, and a manual. In one box were the control parts. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this model is that though it is already priced well below the competition, they include both IR and RF remotes at no additional charge! This is often a $250+ option for many companies (just for 1 of them). Because of this, there is no hardwiring that needs to be done. You simply take the main control box, and plug it into the small 3-pin connector on the case. Then that box simply plugs into a standard wall outlet. Piece of cake. The only tricky part of hooking this up was hiding that control box somewhere. The case is big enough to hide it behind, but then you would have to extend it off of the wall a bit.
The other accessory box held the brackets. These were extremely thick aluminum. They allow for both ceiling and wall mount (I chose ceiling for the testing). They are also floating, which means you can slide them back and forth along the top/back channels to line up on your joists/studs...very nice. I hung my brackets onto the ceiling with 2 bolts straight up into the ceiling. I then simply lifted the case and hooked it onto the back channels. This then held it in place. Last, I simply tilted up the case and slid the specialized bolts into the top channel and bracket, tightened them down, and I was done. I should mention I did this all on my own so that is a sign of a good design (although again, it was a smaller size, so please don’t try it with the bigger sizes on your own).
I removed the small piece of packing foam that kept the batten from moving, grabbed the control, and dropped the screen. My first impressions were that the motor was about average noise level. The tab-tensioning system was very nicely done…the screen was as flat as could be (which you would expect). All the controls have up, down, and stop positions. This is nice such that if you want to change ratios, or adjust the amount of drop exposed (they have 2 options for that upon ordering), it is simple.
COMMENTS ON PERFORMANCE:NOTE: I did not bother taking screen shots. Why? Well first, screen shots are only used as a basic idea and unless I did many screens with the same projector, they would tell you nothing. In addition, depending on the projector I used, that would more determine the resulting quality of the screenshots I did get. Essentially the camera can’t pickup the slight nuances of different fabrics.
The fabric that came with my unit was their High Contrast Gray. This was one of the darkest gray fabrics I have seen to date. I decided to test this with some lights on in the room. On the positive side, the darker gray color was very uniform, and really did well at lowering the black levels and combating the ambient light. The only thing I noticed was that the image wasn’t as bright as I would have preferred (mostly due to the projector I was using). But this should be brought up such that if you should choose this screen, please make sure to have a projector with adequate brightness. There is a slight texture to the material physically, however that really didn’t show up when an image was on the screen so not a problem. Overall the image was nice. This screen fabric really will shine for those rooms that have ambient light that is difficult to control. Yet it will still work well in darkened environments, and even help with the perceived contrast. I will mention the viewing angle was very wide as well, so that is good for rooms where the seating is spread across the width of the room.
If you are shopping for an electric screen on a budget, and really don’t want to chance a non-tensioned version, this may just be the screen for you. With lots of accessories, good build quality, and good performance, this Elite Cinetension offers a lot of bang for the buck.
October 27, 2008
By: Andrew Robinson - Reviewer's System
It's not too difficult to find affordable fixed screens from a variety of manufacturers and in an abundance of styles these days. It seems even the big-ticket brands are offering some sort of entry-level product to bring new customers into the fold. The same cannot be said for remote-controlled electric drop-down screens. While every screen manufacturer worth its salt has an electric screen or two in its arsenal, none seem to be quite as affordable, or good in some cases, as the Elite Cinetension 2 reviewed here.
Available online from Elite's own website, the Cinetension 2 is Elite's top offering, yet keeps with Elite's core business values: high performance at affordable prices. The Cinetension 2 is a cord tensioned retractable electric screen for on-wall or on-ceiling home theater installations. It comes equipped with an IR and RF remote control and requires the use of a 120-volt power source nearby. The Cinetension 2 can also be operated via a 12-volt trigger for a truly hands-free presentation. The screen itself comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 84 inches to 150 inches diagonally. Whatever your size or screen material, the price maxes out at $1,349, which is a phenomenal value for a large-scale electric screen. My current screen is a 92-inch woven surface electric that retails for well over five grand. The equivalent from Elite, which do not offer a woven finish but does supply a perforated edition, would cost me well under a grand. That's a tremendous value. The Cinetension 2 comes fully assembled, with a two-year warranty from the factory and is ready to simply plug and play in a matter of minutes. What more can a videophile on a budget ask for?
• The Cinetension 2 is a truly affordable solution for a consumer looking to bring the wow factor of a motorized screen to his or her home theater space.
• The cord tensioned screen remains wrinkle-free after years of use and the motor is about as trouble-free as they come.
• Easy to install and easier to live with, the Cinetension 2 a no-brainer investment for consumers just looking to enjoy the show.
• The various screen surfaces are of high quality and lack just that last 10 percent or less that the costlier competition will bring to the table in terms of sheer performance.
• The motor is far from the quietest and the speed with which the screen drops and retracts cannot be described as quick.
• The casing is robust and of high quality, but lacks the finish options you'll find with costlier products.
• The Cinetension 2 can only be mounted on a wall or ceiling, leaving those who would want to recess it into the ceiling itself a bit out to dry.
When you think about joining the front-projection party, you have to consider not only which projector to buy, but also which screen. Set your sights on the wrong screen and you'll pay the price. Set your sights too high and you'll pay far more than your projector is potentially worth. Elite's Cinetension 2 series of screens is about as safe as you can get, unless you're looking to extract every last ounce of performance from your system. The Cinetension 2 comes in a variety of surfaces suitable for a wide range of projectors, is easy to install and is truly affordable. When I was first getting into the front-projection game, even as I climbed up the ladder, the one constant was always an Elite screen. Consider this screen highly recommended.
Project: Home theater Magazine Review: Elite Screens Home2 Electric projection screen
April, 2008 | by Adrienne Maxwell
What’s keeping you from taking the front-projection plunge? Is it a belief that projection systems are still only for the rich and famous, consisting of $15,000 projectors, movie-theater-sized screens, and elaborate masking systems, controlled by advanced touchpanels?
by Canada HiFi
Every movie buff dreams of a dedicated home theatre room with a projector and a big screen. The reality is that not everyone can afford the luxury of a dedicated home theatre room. In fact most of us can't, so we set up home theatres in our living rooms. But how can you get away with placing a screen in your living room? Surely you don't want a big white screen permanently mounted on one of the walls in your living room.
Elite Screens has the perfect solution that's affordable, easy to mount and won't take over your living room. The Elite Home Series electric screen line-up contains screens from 66 inches all the way up to 198 inches in size. The screens hide away inside a compact white or black housing that can virtually disappear in your room.
Our review unit was the Elite Screens Home Series 100IWH 94 inch, 16:9 ratio electric screen in a slim, glossy-white aluminium housing. The screen is made of a matte white PVC material coated with fiber glass and has a screen gain of 1.1. Screen gain measures the reflectivity of the screen compared to the light reflected from a standard white (magnesium oxide) board. A screen with a gain of 1.0 reflects the same amount of light as that from a white board. A black vinyl backing on the screen prevents light from passing through the screen. The 100IWH screen has a 1-3/16 inch black border on the sides and the bottom. The top of the screen has a 6 inch black drop but can be ordered in custom sizes of up to 30 inches. This black border enhances the perceived brightness of an image on the screen. The 100IWH has a viewing size of 46 inches by 81 inches and offers a viewing angle of about 160 degrees horizontally and vertically. A black aluminium bar runs along the bottom of the screen keeping the screen flat when it's lowered. Every electric screen from Elite Screens contains an IR remote control, a wired 3-way wall-mountable switch and two L-shaped brackets for wall or ceiling mounting. The 100IWH is driven by a tube motor. An optional 12V trigger (HOMEDCT12) can be purchased separately which can automatically lower the screen when your projector is powered on and raise the screen when your projector is turned off.
Mounting the screen on the ceiling in my basement did take a little handy work but the supplied L-shaped mounting brackets couldn't make the job easier. Since my basement has a drop ceiling, I couldn't mount the brackets directly to the ceiling. I cut two pieces of a two-by-four and mounted them to the actual ceiling. These served as extensions that reached just below my drop ceiling. Then, I mounted the L-shaped brackets to the extensions and attached the screen to the brackets. Finally, I plugged the power cord coming out the right side of the screen housing to a nearby wall outlet. In a permanent setup, it would definitely be nice to have the power wired inside the ceiling, for a cleaner look. I positioned the screen about two feet away from the wall, so that it would come down in front of my plasma television. This allowed me to use either the plasma or the projector in the same space. The white housing of the screen was so sleek and compact that it blended very well with my white ceiling. The whole project took me about one and a half hours. If attaching the brackets directly to the ceiling were an option in my basement, mounting would have taken me less than 20 minutes.
Since the 100IWH screen is electric, it definitely has a "wow" factor. Pressing the 'down' button on the remote for the first time, fully lowered the screen, leaving 6 inches of a top black drop above the white screen surface. A single press of the 'up' button rolled the screen back up. The screen had factory preset lower and upper limits although they were easily customizable with a limit switch handle on the side of the screen housing. I didn't want the extra black drop showing, so I adjusted the lower limit. There is also a 'stop' button on the remote which allowed me to stop the screen at any position. The remote's glossy white and black finish was attractive although the front battery access door slightly impeded its look. It's definitely unconventional to have a battery slot on the top.
The Elite Home Series uses a tube motor which provided a very fluid although not exactly quiet operation. It took about 6 seconds to lower or raise the screen. The aluminium bar at the bottom of the screen created just the right amount of tension to make the screen perfectly flat when fully deployed.
During my tests, I used the Marantz VP8600 DLP-based projector, also reviewed in this issue. Some of the movies that I watched on this screen included The Island, 2046, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, King Kong, Finding Nemo and Valiant. I calibrated the Marantz VP8600 projector using a Digital Video Essentials to deliver the most accurate picture.
The matte white screen produced great results from the start. The picture brightness, contrast and black levels were spectacular and uniform on the entire surface of the screen. I looked for a hotspot in the centre of the screen during light and dark scenes but didn't notice one at all. The screen did not generate any colour shifts, detectable to the average eye, in the image. Some screens can slightly alter one or more of the colours being projected on to them. During all the movies that I watched, the colours looked properly saturated and natural on the 100IWH. The picture resolution was excellent from both DVD and high-definition sources. The black border around the screen did a great job increasing the perceived brightness of the picture and prevented the image from escaping at the edges of the screen. Over scanned images hitting the black border were visible because the border did not absorb much of them. Since the screen has a gain of 1.1, it offered a wide viewing angle so the picture appeared exactly the same from all the seating positions in my room.
The 94 inch Elite Screens Home Series 100IWH screen produced a truly cinematic performance in my home theatre where a fixed screen was not an option. Its suggested price of $1075 offers a great value and is much lower than other major-brand electric screens, which certainly makes it attractive. The Home Series offers a wide range of sizes of affordable electric screens that come in surprisingly small enclosures and can be mounted in virtually any room.