(Editorial note: The AVguide.com news desk recently received word that Cerritos, CA-based Elite Screens is releasing a new curved-frame, 2.35:1 aspect ratio projection screen called the Lunette. Below we present the text of the Elite Screen’s press release, along with several images of the Lunette.)
Cerritos, California. August 11, 2010 - Elite's Lunette has a special curve design that directly enhances the aesthetic appeal of the presentation by giving its viewers the sensation of being physically drawn into the film. As an added benefit, the curve design eliminates the "pincushion effect" commonly experienced when projecting in a 2.35:1 (Widescreen) format.
Pincushion effect is when the top and bottom center of a widescreen projection appear to droop inward. It occurs because as the length of an aspect ratio increases, the light from the projector must travel a greater distance to the sides of the screen than it does to the center distorting the size of the footprint. Elite's curve design brings the sides of the screen forward to even out the projection footprint resulting in a perfectly formatted image. In addition to this, it creates a sense of immersion that only a curved screen can provide.
Elite's Lunette measures from 85" to 166" diagonally in 16:9 (HDTV) or 2.35:1 (Widescreen) aspect ratios. Material options include Elite's award-winning CineWhite tension matte white 1.1 gain material that is black backed to eliminate light penetration or the acoustically transparent AcousticPro1080 matte white woven material with black fabric backing material. The frame is 3.5" thick and is surfaced in black velour to avoid light reflection. Product assembly and installation is quick and easy.
Elite Screens' Lunette is in stock now. Pricing starts at $919 (USD) and is available now through the commercial and retail sales channels. It comes with Elite's two-year manufacturer's limited warranty, which is twice the industry standard. As further testimony to the quality of their product, Elite offers a 3-year warranty program for Educational, Government, Military and Religious organizations.
For more information about Elite Screen's various product lines, please visit the website at www.elitescreens.com.
Elite Screens Inc. began as an innovative venture into the projection screens market by manufacturing veterans from the AV industry. Since then, the California based company has distinguished itself by manufacturing a wide array of quality projection screens for the residential custom installation; commercial integration and AV retail sales channels.
Our focus is on manufacturing the most commonly requested configurations, sizes, and aspect ratios so that they will always be available for immediate shipment. In addition to this, Elite provides custom order options as well. Lastly, a product should come complete in one order. To ensure that our customers get this, we include the extra features like the material's black backing and control systems for electric screens with the initial purchase instead of charging extra for them.
Elite Screens has corporate offices in The United States, Europe and Asia. Our Taiwanese Research and Development division produces designs focused on functional elegance and reliability while maintaining a desirable price point in both production and distribution.