HD Progressive Individual Surface Forte


Da-Lite’s HD Progressive projector screen surfaces are all about bringing to life every bit of detail of today’s HD projectors all the way up to 4K. While there are four different surfaces under the one name they are each quite unique in their color, performance and the installs/situations they are suitable for.

The HD progressive range is all about offering a surface to overcome whatever obstacles you have, much like most of Da-Lite’s products they’ve got a screen a surface that will fit your setup down to a tee. Here’s the details of each surface and more importantly where each excels:


Name Gain Half Angle Surface Color Advantage

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HD Progressive 0.6




Deep contrast, overcomes bright environments

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HD Progressive 0.9



Light Gray

Best balance of color and contrast

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HD Progressive 1.1




Color reproduction and fidelity

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True color reproduction, performs well in bright rooms


As you can see some of the surfaces have more than one forte, for example with HD Progressive 0.6 ambient light might not be an issue for you, but you might have a powerful projector that is a bit bright for the space and lacks depth of contrast you are after. So putting the HD Progressive 0.6 in a dark room with your big bright projector is going to give you some great inky blacks and real depth.

On the flip side, if the idea of watching sport or videos in the dark give you the heebee geebees then the HD Progressive 1.3 has you covered. A bright Pure White screen with excellent gain means you can watch your favorite sports program and still see everything properly despite being in a bright room. And the best part about the HD Progressive 1.3 is you get a quality bright image, in that all the colors are preserved so you get a bright image that looks right, not an overly red or green one. Perfect for daytime viewing.

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Which Screens Can You Get the HD Progressive Surface In?

This fantastic HD screen surface of Da-Lite’s is all well and good, but is it available in the particular screen you’ve decided will best suite your setup? Well to answer that we’ll have to look at exactly which models Da-Lite offer this HD Progressive surface on.


All four flavors of HD Progressive are available on most of the fixed frame projector screens, such as:

Cinema Contour Imager Series 200 Lace and Grommet Frame
UTB Contour Multi Mask Imager Curved Series 200 Lace and Grommet Frame
Da-Snap  Curved Multi Format Imager Series 300 Lace and Grommet Frame
Curved Series 300 Lace and Grommet Frame


As for the electric projection screens the HD Progressive 0.6 is only available in two models:

  • Tensioned Advantage Deluxe Electrol
  • Tensioned Contour Electrol


Where-as the HD Progressive 0.9, 1.1 & 1.3 come in lots more of Da-Lites screen:

  • Tensioned Advantage Electrol, Advantage Deluxe, Large Advantage, Large Advantage Deluxe
  • Tensioned Conference Electrol
  • Tensioned Contour Electrol
  • Tensioned Large Cosmopolitan Electrol

And what about Da-Lites new ViewShare tech, just because you have a projector screen doesn’t mean you can’t do video conferencing, the HD surface is only available in the Tensioned Advantage Electrol ViewShare, the good part is you can also get it in the ViewShare Tensioned Advantage Electrol Retrofit.


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HD Progressive from Da-Lite Video

Da-Lite has produced a great video that shows what its HD Progressive surfaces are all about. Here are some of the high lights:

  • A screen surface that doesn’t get in the way of your image.
  • As projection advances the surface becomes more important.
  • By studying the physics of light and experimenting with the science of surface they’ve discovered a better way.
  • Behind each Da-Lite surface is a proprietary, environmentally friendly chemical formula.
  • Only Da-Lite researches the science of surface with an in-house team of chemists.

And some more points:

  • Color fidelity, all of Da-Lite’s surfaces are tested and color measured to ensure each surface will preserve the true color of the projector.
  • Light Uniformity is very strong
  • Surface Granularity – the clarity of an image is in the microscopic details.
  • Da-Lite’s technology ensures a premium surface; free of microscopic dips or grooves every pixel is preserved.


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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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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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