Before we find out if the EN4K fabric really is the answer to every cash- and space-strapped home cinema fan’s dreams, though, we’ve got a niggle to report about the cabinet for the RM2-T package. For during our tests we quickly became aware of a slender line of light running along pretty much the whole length of the cabinet that stores the motors (and screen when you’re not using it).
Thankfully, this distracting intrusion on our viewing was easily solved by just blu-taking a strip of black felt along the cabinet over the offending reflection. We’re all about high-tech solutions, us… Plus, we guess the problem might not occur if your particular screen design gives you more blacked-out space between the top of the screen and the motor housing than our test configuration did. But still, it’s something we couldn’t help but feel a company as apparently as obsessed with AV quality as Screen Excellence should have spotted.
Thankfully, this niggle does not prove indicative of general sloppiness on Screen Excellence’s part. In fact, in all other ways the RM2-T, or more specifically, the EN4K fabric it holds, proves to be almost unbelievably good considering the low costs involved.
Starting with the EN4K’s video capabilities, it’s apparent immediately that the fabric is exceptionally smooth and ‘pattern-free’ for an acoustically transparent screen. Even when we tried to be outrageously unfair on it, by just projecting onto it a full-screen expanse of a single mid-range colour, we had to practically have our noses pressed to the fabric before we could see even a hint of its weave or perforations. From normal viewing distances, therefore, the old acoustic issue of visible weave patterning just isn’t an issue at all.
(centre)”’This picture shows the progression in weave of the various generations of the Enlightor (EN) fabric”’(/centre)
The unusual density of the EN4K fabric that helps eliminate visible patterning also helps images in brightness terms, for the simple but key reason that the fabric doesn’t allow nearly as much light to pass through it as average acoustically transparent screens do.
So more of the light from the projector is actually bounced back off the screen to boost the vibrancy and punch of the final image you see.