Review based on 100in motorised drop-down model - £4,860.96
Anyone who's tried to set up a home cinema projection system themselves will know all too well that one of the biggest hurdles can be keeping your surround sound system working to its best advantage.
After all, if you have a massive projection screen eating up much or maybe even your entire wall, where are you going to put your centre speaker so that dialogue still sounds like it's coming from the screen? In fact, if your screen really is a whopper you might find yourself also struggling to fit your main left and right speakers around it.
The obvious solution to this is to put your speaker(s) behind the screen. But this presents its own problems. For clearly if you have a big slice of projection screen between the speakers and your ears, it's going to disrupt the sound you hear.
Cue acoustically transparent screens. These use a perforated fabric, so that sound can pass through the screen from speakers behind it without losing too much volume or clarity. Great. Until you realise that perforated screens also tend to mess up your picture quality by introducing moire noise; display distractingly visible evidence of the perforations' and drastically reduce brightness levels, as the perforations let too much light through the screen, rather than bouncing it all back towards you.
These sorts of issues are especially common at the affordable end of the acoustically transparent screen market. So it was with a fair degree of cynicism that we took receipt of the Screen Excellence RM2-T: a drop-down motorised projector screen using a proprietary acoustically transparent 'EN4K' (Enlighter 4k) fabric that's allegedly capable of only reducing audio by 2dB while also delivering a flawless, 4k2k-compatible image. All from just £1788 (if you go for an 80in fixed frame version). With effective - and quite a few less than effective! - acoustic screens generally costing many times more than that, surely the EN4K fabric can't really be all it's cracked up to be?
In the motorised RM2-T configuration used for our test, getting hold of the EN4K fabric predictably becomes rather more expensive than going for the fixed screen option. You'll be looking at around £4,890.96 for a 100in version. But this is still by no means expensive for a motorised screen making the sort of claims Screen Excellence makes for the EN4K.