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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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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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.

from draper.com


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.

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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Brand New Draper Screen Surface: TecVision, 4K Ready

Draper have introduced a great new projector screen surface that is completely unique in that the surface is formulated for each individual screen. For the full lowdown, here is their press release:


(Spiceland, Ind.) – In recent years projectors and projection technology have been advancing quickly. Draper is taking projection screen technology another step into the future at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 with the creation of TecVision Engineered Surface Technology. Available in five exclusive formulations to start, TecVision features white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.3 to 1.9 over remarkably wide viewing cones, and grey surfaces with excellent performance under higher room light levels.

“There are few companies in the world who are experts in designing projection screen surfaces,” according to Draper company president John Pidgeon. “Most screen fabrics are made by firms whose primary business is manufacturing textiles for other purposes. We’ve made a major investment in equipment, expert personnel and research time specifically to offer this line of revolutionary new surfaces unmatched by any other screen manufacturer in the world.”


TecVision also offers a departure from typical screen production, according to Bob Mathes, AV Market Manager for Draper.

“Utilizing technologically advanced manufacturing methods, proprietary scientific formulations and establishing the highest quality standard, we are prepared to meet the rigorous demands of today’s projectors and the environments in which screens are and will be used,” Mathes says. “Rather than using “mass-production” methods in order to minimize costs, TecVision screens are individually produced; each and every screen surface is individually formulated, programmed, and manufactured with multiple checks for quality, consistency and uniformity from start to finish.”

These premium surfaces are not sold online and are only available through qualified Draper dealers. They are being seen for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe.

“We are pretty excited about TechVision,” says Pidgeon. “These five surfaces are just the start. The sky’s the limit as far as surfaces we can create to match whatever specs require.”

To learn more about Draper’s TecVision Engineered Screen Technology screens, visit:



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