Perfect Images with HD Progressive from Da-Lite


Da-Lite’s HD Progressive projector screen surface is all about getting the best image out of your 1080P, 4K or Ultra HD projector, after all why spend big money on a 4K projector and use an old screen that was designed for a 480I/P projector or worse still a really old CRT projector, the screen just won’t be able to resolve and properly reflect all the detail coming out.

If you get up close to an old projector screen and have a detailed look at the surface on it you’ll see all sorts of interesting things, which in their defense were created to help out the old 480 or CRT projectors. Some look like sandpaper, some have lots of little glass beads, while others look smooth but have all sorts of pits and dips in them.

It’s all of this variation and non-uniformity that kills the detail coming out of a good 4K projector. It causes noise and can even “lose” pixels, all because the surface just can’t reflect the image properly.

As the projectors have progressed in the pixels they can pump out, from 480 to 720, then 720 to 1080 and now 1080 to UHD & 4K, the screens have also had to advance and keep up with the projectors so as to preserve all the detail the projectors are now capable of producing.


What makes Da-Lite’s HD Progressive surfaces so capable is their chemistry. It’s through their superior chemistry that they’ve been able to come up with a surface that is “perfect”. It’s free from all those issues mentioned above even to the microscopic level.

The best part is Da-Lite has taken a holistic approach and has developed a surface that can resolve just about any amount of pixels you can through at it as well as being able to handle light and color in the same expert manner so you get to see the image coming out of your projector in all its glory.


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A Simple Screen Sizing Video from Da-Lite

Da-Lite have come up with a comedic look how flat screen TV’s have interrupted Da-Lite’s domination of corporate presentations and focuses how you can put BIG back into corporate presentations with a good projector screen that if far bigger than any flat screen TV.


They do this with funny characters like:

  • Squinty face
  • squinty
  • Tilty head
  • tilty
  • Mushy mug
  • mushy
  • Stretchy neck
  • stretchy
  • Cyclops eye
  • cyclops

And they actually include some helpful detail about just how big a projector screen you can get and have a comfortable viewing experience base on how deep your room is. For instance:

  1. For a 17’ room, get a 100” screen
  2. 20’ needs 120”
  3. And 25’ works with 150”


Check it out here:


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Da-Lite’s HD Progressive Projector Screen Surface

Da-Lite have gone back to the “chemical drawing board” to come up with a screen surface formulation to perfectly match today’s Full HD & UHD projectors with their goal being to perfectly preserve and reflect the image coming out of the projector.


Of course as with anything to do with electronics these day, garbage in – garbage out, but if you have a Blu-Ray and a quality projector that’s pumping out 1080P or even better 2K or 4K then you need a projector screen of equal quality to be able to resolve all the detail your projector is serving up.

Some of the earlier screen surfaces sacrificed resolution or clarity to gain on brightness or contrast, which were fine years ago when the best we had was 480I or 480P, who cared if you lost a little bit of detail as long as the imaged “popped” off the screen with outstanding vibrancy.

But that’s a compromise that’s just not worth it when you’ve invested big dollars in a capable projector, plus today’s projectors have so much brightness and contrast that they don’t need a helping hand from the screen.

In some cases the setup actually requires a helping hand from the screen to tone-down the brightness in the room so you can have a decent picture with a bit of ambient light, which is why Da-Lite have some up with the HD Progressive 0.6 surface as well as the usual 1.1 & 1.3 gain screens.

The 1.3 surface can help tame the ambient light and give your image a bit of life which the ambient light has robed from the image. Here’s a good graphical representation from Da-Lite:


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Da-Lite ViewShare Technology

The ViewShare HD video conferencing solution from Da-Lite is available on two of their projector screens currently, to make sure your up to date with the primary offerings of these screens read-up on our reviews here:

Tensioned Advantage Electrol

Advantage Electrol


Without further ado, their press release for a full explanation of that ViewShare offers:

WARSAW, IN – February 4, 2014 – While there are many excellent solutions for high-end video conferencing, there are not any easy and inexpensive solutions that allow users to interact using peer-to-peer software, such as Lync or Skype, on a large team-to-team scale. Da-Lite will unveil for the first time in Europe during ISE a new technology that fills this gap. ViewShare® Technology creates a new category for the video conferencing market.



ViewShare Technology brings teams together with the free peer to peer software they are already using. ViewShare integrates a HD video camera directly into the weight bar of the Tensioned Advantage® Electrol® projection screen, bringing the capability to turn every conference room into a room for face-to-face brainstorming and document-sharing in real time. ViewShare also includes a tabletop speaker and microphone. Once the product is installed, users can quickly and easily share their screen and make a call by plugging in a USB cord to their computer.



“Face-to-face meetings are ideal, and tend to be more productive than conference calls. But most organizations have a limited number of meeting spaces with video conferencing capabilities,” said Melissa Rone, Senior Marketing Manager. “With a growing number of employees working remotely or from satellite offices, Da-Lite ViewSare Technology fills a gap in the market between a high-end video conferencing system and a personal computer or smart device. The simple installation and plug and play USB connectivity make it the logical choice for all the other meeting spaces in an organization.”

Other benefits of ViewShare include the ability to conceal the camera in the ceiling when it isn’t in use, and a retrofit model that allows older Advantage Projection Screens to be updated with a new format, HD surface and functionality.  The Da-Lite camera screen will feature all the benefits and projection screen surface options of a Tensioned Advantage Electrol including a plenum rating. Every Da-Lite surface is a proprietary formula, and is designed to help customers achieve the best picture possible for their image. 


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Da-Lite Cinema Contour Video

The Cinema Contour projector screen is perfect for mounting onto a wall, or if you are wanting to do rear projection, into a wall opening.

What sets the Cinema Contour apart from Da-Lite’s other fixed frame screens is it’s unique 45 degree angle cut frame, that gives the screen a nice depth. And it is fully customization to suite you decor: it comes standard with Pro-Trim finish, which is a fabric frame covering that does a fantastic job of absorbing stray light. If you are after something with a bit more character you can also get it in one of seven optional veneers.

Putting everything together is simple and straightforward:

  1. unwrap the frame pieces
  2. lay on a soft dry surface to assemble and avoid scratches and scuffs
  3. slid the pieces together at the corners, as per the top and bottom labels
  4. if the frame assembly holes don’t initially seem to properly align, don’t worry as everything will come together once all fasteners have been attached, which draws the corner pieces together for a tight fit
  5. screw the frame together with the supplied screws, but don’t tighten until all have been started
  6. fasten the snap studs in their pre-drilled holes
  7. mount the wall bracket at the height you want, making sure it’s level
    Note: the frame will extend 1/8″ above the bracket and you will need a total 5/8″ clearance above the bracket for mounting the screen
  8. fix the bottom bracket on the wall, 1/4″ less than the height of the screen, below the top bracket
  9. unroll the screen onto something clean and flat
  10. place the frame over the screen
  11. lift the frame slightly, then lift the screen surface and snap it into place on the studs
  12. hang the completed frame on the top wall bracket
  13. once secured, push down on the bottom piece of the frame to hook it onto the lower wall bracket

And to clearly explain everything with some helpful video, here’s a really helpful video from Da-Lite on the Cinema Contour projection screen:


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What Makes Drapers TecVision Surface’s Unique?

What Makes Drapers TecVision Surface’s Unique?

Given all the buzz surrounding Drapers new screen surface has caught your attention, you’ve probably asked yourself this question somewhere along the line.


Well Draper have a great little blurb on what makes TecVision projector screens unique and we wanted to share it here:

Unique Properties

TecVision surfaces offer unparalleled performance and features that set them apart from the competition.

  • TecVision surfaces offer wider viewing cones for better off axis viewing
  • TecVision surfaces feature lower and more consistent gloss levels for less distortion in the picture
  • TecVision surfaces offer better ambient light performance qualities (TecVision XH900X Grey and MS1000X Grey)
  • TecVision surfaces feature carefully formulated light absorbing dark backing which prevents picture degradation from light behind the screen
  • TecVision surfaces offer huge savings when compared to the costs of purchasing a projector with increased brightness



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Da-Lite ViewShare Bringing Projector Screens Into the Face-to-Face Era

JViewShare2ust because you have a projector and a nice big fancy projector screen doesn’t mean you have to forgo a face-to-face chat or conference on Skype or Lync.

Da-Lite have come up with the perfect solution to allow you to interact with life size people right on your projector screen, without having the fork out for super expensive high-end video conferencing equipment, they call it simply: ViewShare.

What Da-Lite have done it stuck a HD video camera into the bar at the bottom of the screen that provides all the weight to keep the screen surface taught and flat so you get a nice acurate image.

Lets hear from Da-Lite’s Senior Marketing Manager, Melissa Rone on what this new ViewShare technology is able to facilitate:

“Face-to-face meetings are ideal, and tend to be more productive than conference calls. But most organizations have a limited number of meeting spaces with video conferencing capabilities,”

Da-Lite so far offers the ViewShare technology on two screens:

  • Tensioned Advantage Electrol
  • Advantage Electrol

And they also have a retrofit kits for both of these screens, if you already have one and are keen to get the ViewShare cam.

One of the great features is that the cam is completely concealed as it rolls away into the case just like the screen, completely out of view, and sticky fingers that can easily muck up the lens.

Obviously there is a lot more to both versions of the Advantage projector screen, read up on all the details here:

Tensioned Advantage Electrol

Advantage Electrol




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Da-Lite Tensioned Cosmopolitan Projector Screen

In this quick review of the Da-Lite Tensioned Cosmopolitan projector screen Big Screen Center takes you though the highlights of the tensioned Cosmo screen and everything it has to offer.

Versatility and flexibility is certainly a strong point of the Cosmo with Big Screen Center saying it’s been installed in auditoriums, churches and conference rooms. The main reason is it’s an installer favorite due to its flexibility in it’s applications, range of sizes, and its price point.

The tensioned part of the screen is all about having a smooth flat surface to project your favorite game, movie or TV show onto, and Da-Lite’s tension cables and tabs ensures you don’t end up with any wrinkles or warping that free weighted screens can sometimes develop over time.

You can get the Cosmo in 36 standard sizes, ranging from 50″ wide to 16′, other options include the case color. The standard issue is black, but you can also get it in white or one of Da-Lite’s optional 7 wood veneer finishes. Other options include how it’s mounted and those are; on the wall, hung from the ceiling or even recessed in the ceiling complete with an optional ceiling trim kit. Control options include the standard wall switch or the optional infra red or radio frequency remotes.

Make sure you checkout our review of the Da-Lite Tensioned Cosmopolitan screen for all the details.

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Drapers TecVision Availability by Screen Model

Drapers new TecVision projector screen surface is the cutting edge of screen formulation, perfectly suited for 4K projection. Here is what they say about it on their website:

TecVision™ Engineered Surface Technology is initially offered in five exclusive formulations on Draper tab tensioned and permanently tensioned screens. Three white surfaces are available with gains ranging from 1.3 to 1.8 across remarkably wide viewing cones. Two grey surfaces offer excellent performance under higher room light levels.



But a more important question is what Draper screen models is it available on, well here’s the current list:

  • Access/Series V
  • Access XL/Series V
  • Access MultiView/Series V
  • Artisan/Series V
  • Clarion
  • Edgeless Clarion
  • FocalPoint
  • Lace & Grommet
  • Onyx
  • Paragon/Series V
  • Premier
  • Premier/Series C
  • Shadow Box Clarion
  • Signature/Series V
  • Silhouette/Series C
  • Silhouette/Series V
  • StageScreen
  • Truss Cineperm
  • Ultimate Access/Series V
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TecVision Screen Technology by Draper

So what is this new TecVision surface from Draper all about?

A bit over two years ago Draper decided to focus primarily on the screen surfaces themselves, put a lot of cash into new equipment and labs and TecVision is the result.


Here’s a bit more from Draper as to what the buzz is all about:

Why TecVision?

When Draper committed to offering a line of revolutionary new surfaces, we started with exhaustive research. TecVision was born as we researched many competitive surfaces, explored the chemistry of screen surfaces and refined processes to manufacture screen surfaces to much stricter tolerances for unparalleled performance and quality.


How Did We Do It?


Our dedicated TecVision production and lab staff, using custom designed equipment, constantly monitors the process, performing multiple checks to ensure TecVision surfaces remain within tolerances which ensure the highest picture quality possible.

Precision Manufacturing

When it comes to consistency of gain, contrast and gloss across the entire screen no viewing surface anywhere offers better uniformity than TecVision surfaces.



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