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Screen Excellence RM2-T - Performance and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer

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Screen Excellence RM2-T

Summary

Our Score:

9

Perhaps the single most important achievement of the EN4K fabric as far as we're concerned, though, is the way it avoids moire noise. With numerous other acoustically transparent screens we've had occasion to spend time with over the years, including some quite expensive ones, we've noted the appearance of shimmering, wavy line noise, especially over areas of fine detail. This occurs when a screen fabric's perforation step or weave size gets too close to the step size of the columns and rows in the source picture, so the EN4K's total freedom from such nasty artefacts proves again just how phenomenally 'solid' and fine its weave pattern is.

In fact, while we not surprisingly failed to find any 4k2k-resolution sources to try on the screen, from our experience with straight HD and simply looking at the fabric using a magnifying glass, we have no reason to doubt the veracity of Screen Excellence's claim that the EN4K fabric is entirely suitable for the 4k2k world if and when it arrives.

While this is all great news for the EN4K's picture quality, though, it does raise major concerns about the fabric's acoustic properties. For surely a fabric as dense as this can't really also let sound through, can it?

Actually, somehow it can. In fact, once we'd got used to the idea that a highly affordable acoustic fabric could produce a picture quality almost as satisfying as that of our much more expensive, non-acoustically transparent reference screen, the EN4K's ability to let audio through became our single favourite thing about it. Only during extremely quiet scenes could our reasonably sensitive ears detect even the slightest hint of volume loss. And there didn't seem to be any reduction in clarity at all.

So is there anything that we don't completely love about Screen Excellence's really rather inspired EN4K fabric? Well, if pushed hard we might say that while the reduction in brightness caused by its acoustic perforations doesn't trouble us much at all with 2D viewing, it does seem more noticeable when viewing active 3D sources. So effectively, it slightly exaggerates the inevitable brightness loss you get as soon as you don a pair of active 3D glasses. Or maybe it would be better to say that active shutter glasses exaggerate the slight brightness loss associated with the EN4K's acoustic transparency!

Verdict

However you describe the brightness reduction when watching 3D on the EN4K fabric, the only thing that really matters is that it is far too minor a flaw to be remotely considered a deal breaker. After all, this single niggle is completely and utterly overwhelmed by the quite remarkable amount the EN4k fabric gets right for what is, in the circumstances, amazingly little money.

Ripsnorter

March 8, 2011, 3:19 pm

I admit screens are not my field of expertise, but over £3,000 extra for the motorised version strikes me as excessive to say the least. Or is there really something amazing going on here?

Chocoa

March 8, 2011, 4:51 pm

You'll be looking at around £4,890.96 for a 100in version
Hmmm, correct me if I am wrong here but you can get the latest 3D JVC Projector with a damm sight more 'technology' (and motors for that matter) than this piece of 'cloth'.

If nearly five grand for a 100" screen seems cheap then someone is being paid toooo much!

Michael G

March 8, 2011, 6:48 pm

I think giving a piece of glorified white cloth a 10/10 value rating when it costs near-on £2k is a just a little bit cheeky. Let's face it, that's more than a months pay after tax for most people.

Martin Daler

March 8, 2011, 7:28 pm

I guess these days you just have to cut your screen according to your cloth.

Patrice Congard

March 10, 2011, 1:47 pm

As a director of U.See Ltd, manufacturer of Screen Excellence, I would like to bring some explanations about the above comments regarding the prices:
A screen is much more than a piece of fabric, especially when it is to roll down remaining permanently flat and tensioned. If you look carefully at the pictures illustrating the review, you will see part of an adjustable tensioning system, most of which is hidden behind a black velvet border.
A no-compromise approach for and electric screen involves costs, which are reflected on prices.
A more cost-efficient solution is provided by our RF range of fixed-frame screens.

Ripsnorter

March 10, 2011, 5:22 pm

@Patrice Congard.
Thank you for stating your company's position. I wish more manufacturers were so interactive!
I appreciate your comment that a screen is more than a piece of cloth and you adopt a "no-compromise approach", and I have nothing against the desire to make a profit (That's how I work too), but still, more than £3,000 extra for the motorised version? Really?

Kaos

May 14, 2011, 3:28 pm

I saw the fixed screen version at the Gadget Show in the JVC 3D demo room.
They had the X7 PJ, B&W in wall speakers and onkyo 609 receiver and playing back Tron3D.

it looked and sounded stunning!!!!!

The light cycle sequence had excellent black level but at the same time superb detail.
All three front speakers were behind the screen.
Sound was amazing!
You have to see the screen being used. The performance justifies the price.

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