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Front Projection in Bright Rooms (Once Again)

by Paul Strauss

Reception was lukewarm to last year’s release of Sony’s ChromaVue front projection screen that provided the ability for Sony front projectors to work in brightly-lit rooms. The screens did improve image contrast, but exhibited problems with hotspotting and off axis viewing.
Planar XScreenWell now, Planar, known mostly for their LCD monitors, has entered the fray with their own solution, the XScreen. The screen is said to eliminate reflection from ambient light sources, improving contrast significantly in bright environments. According to the manufacturer “The secret is the combination of a 4mm layer of hardened glass beneath the screen surface, which provides an absolutely flat screen surface that creates an unsurpassed image experience.”

Planar Xscreen Diagram

One unique addition is the integrated video switching system that allow you to plug all of your devices directly into the screen and then run a single cable to your projector. The screen handles all image scaling and deinterlacing using a PixelWorks image processor.

Available in 60″, 70″, 80″ and 100″ sizes, pricing has not yet been announced.

[via GizMag]

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