At the upcoming CEDIA show, Stewart Filmscreen will formally introduce their latest 3D screen material for the residential market. Dubbed Reflections 170, the new material has a slightly higher gain (1.7) than other popular Stewart screens, such as the renowned StudioTek 130 (1.3 gain) screen. The slightly higher gain of the newer material will have more light going to the viewers, but the half gain (50% light fall off) is a reasonable 45°, which seems to be a reasonable compromise between viewing angle and visible hot-spotting (hot-spotting becomes noticeable with screen gains higher than 1.3).
For passive polarized 3D home theater projection setups, they’ll continue to offer their 5D material (2D+3D), which combines a silvered screen with a 2.0 gain along with a gray tint. That’s now available in both fixed and motorized drop-down screen types, a first for a silvered screen material (previously, silvered screens were only available with fixed screen types). It’s also available with micro-perf, which allows for behind the screen speaker placement.
At the annual CEDIA awards banquet next month, Don Stewart will be presented with CEDIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award—congratulations to Don and the rest of the gang at Stewart Filmscreen.