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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Go BIG or Go Home

Da-Lite, never one to shy away from a challenge have built a mega custom screen, so large it had to be constructed in an airplane hangar, requiring 13 people and a few scissor lifts.

How would you like a 1704” screen at home?

We it wouldn’t fit. This screen their custom Design Center made was 140 ft. wide and 25 ft. tall, we’re talking some serious screen real-estate.

Suspended from the ceiling this great time laps video with pans shows just how they went about assembling it on site.

Check it out, it’s amazing:

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Da-Lite’s New IDEA Screen Video


Da-Lite have done up a great little video, although more like a slideshow, to show you what their new IDEA screens are all about.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • IDEA & IDEA Panoramic screens
  • Improved surface uniformity and rigidity
  • Perfectly suited to interactive tech
  • They’ve upgraded the frame, from thick metal with chunky plastic corners to a svelte thin all metal frame
  • Their magnetic
  • Sizes up to 60” high
  • GreenGuard Gold Certified
  • Erasable
  • Hot spot free

Check it out:

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Da-Lite’s UTB Contour, a perfect fit for Ultra HD


Da-Lite has updated their popular Cinema Contour projector screen, taking a few design queues from the latest flat panel TV’s, but distinguishing the UTB Contour by its ability to produce a much larger image than comparably priced TV’s.


They launched the screen in June of 2013, here’s a quick rundown from their press release:

Da-Lite will unveil a new fixed frame screen at the annual InfoComm trade show in Orlando on June 12, 2013. The new product has the smallest edge of any fixed frame screen on the market. The new product will feature a flat panel aesthetic, projection surfaces for any resolution quality, including Ultra HD, various finish options such as contemporary black or silver and a one year comprehensive warranty.

With screens as large as 220” diagonally, the new Da-Lite fixed frame screen more than doubles the size of the largest flat panel televisions, and has the smallest fixed frame on the market measuring in with a one-fourth-inch frame.

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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 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

from draper.com


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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.

from Draper.com


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Draper TecVision Surface Specs

All up Draper have five different formulations for their projector screen surfaces, which are:

  • XH900X Grey
  • MS1000X Grey
  • XT1300X White
  • XT1600X White
  • XT1800X White


To give you a better understanding as to the pros and cons of each, here are the specifications for each of the formulations:

Surface XH900X Grey MS1000X Grey  XT1300X White XT1600X White XT1800X White
Viewing Cone Extra Wide Moderate Extra Wide Extra Wide Extra Wide
Contrast High Superior Typical Typical Typical
On-Axis Gain 0.9 1.0 1.3 1.6 1.8
Gain Chart Click Here Click Here Click Here  Click Here  Click Here
Data Sheet Click Here Click Here  Click Here  Click Here  Click Here 


To summarize all of that into where each screen surface performs best, here’s an outline from draper.com:

XH900X Grey MS1000X Grey  XT1300X White XT1600X White XT1800X White
 XH900X Grey performs very well in situations where moderate ambient light is present.  MS1000X Grey performs very well in situations where moderate to high ambient light is present.  XT1300X White performs best where ambient light is controlled but projector brightness is slightly lower than desired.  T1600X White performs best where ambient light is controlled but projector brightness is moderately lower than desired.  XT1800X White performs best where ambient light is controlled but projector brightness is significantly lower than desired. XT1800X White is perfectly suited for active 3D or color combining passive 3D systems.
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