Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:28
Lighting the way forward
EI met with Kevin Martin, MD of Sun-Light Solutions, exclusive distributor of amBX, the reactive intelligent lighting solution which now has an interesting presence at the impressive Pulse Marketing training centre.
Kevin explained: “I first met with Mike Beatty (Pulse Marketing MD) at the second Essential Install Live! North and he was really impressed with what the system could do and asked me to come down and take a look at Pulse’s new HQ to see what amBX could contribute to the training centre. The plans were in a very early stage at that point, the training areas and cinema demonstration rooms were just marked out on the floor, but right away, knowing Pulse’s reputation for quality, I was keen to get involved and show could contribute.”
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Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:10
Gibson hits the right chord
Kevin Dawkins of Gibson Integration provides EI the detail on this plush dedicated cinema that the client is over the moon with.
Kevin explains that Gibson Integration began life as Gibson Music back in 1985, providing a unique and specialised service in the design and installation of multi room music and AV systems.
In 2011 Kevin and Roger Ayles (two of the existing directors of Gibson Music) achieved a management buy-out and Gibson Integration was born.
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:19
So why do we have three different acoustically transparent materials available from Screen Research? They all do the same thing right?
Well broadly speaking yes; they are all designed to reflect the light back from the projector into the room and at the same time allow the audio from the loudspeakers to pass through the screen into the room.
When we start to look at how the different materials are made, it quickly becomes apparent that the level of performance that the offer vary greatly.
If we look at the entry level SolidPix Sonic, we see that the screen surface is made up of small holes punctured into the solid material. These holes are punctured in a uniform pattern.
The benefit of SolidPix Sonic is the low price point, it is designed to be used on smaller, more budget conscious systems.
The draw backs are that the small punctured holes allow light to pass through the material, reducing the amount of light that is reflected back to the viewer. This light loss is around 10%, which is why as standard, this material has a gain of 0.9, compared to the 1.0 that ClearPix 2 and ClearPix 4K have.
There is also a chance of moiré effect when the fixed pixel grid that makes up a projected image, lines up with the holes punctured into the screen material.
If we look at the measured audio graph, we see that SolidPix Sonic (as is typical with most micro perforated materials) loses around 4.75dB of the speakers output as it passes through the screen.
If we compare the more expensive ClearPix 2 screen surface to SolidPix Sonic, we can see they are completely different materials. Rather than starting with a solid material and adding holes, ClearPix 2 is an entirely woven material. This woven structure has several key advantages when compared to the micro perforated materials.
1). 3% light loss which means the image will look brighter and with better contrast than the micro perforated material. The non-uniform structure also means that we have great resistance to moiré effect, even on the smallest of screens.
2). Much improved audio performance. As the measurements show, only 1.5dB audio loss which was the best measured performance for this type of screen.
Now we move to the new Reference standard; ClearPix 4K. Again, it is a woven screen with the same benefits of ClearPix 2 but now the weave structure is even finer which has two key benefits.
The first is that the finer weave means we can support higher than 1080P resolution (4K and beyond) and have even greater resistance to moiré effect.
The second is near-invisibility to the speakers behind the screen. With just 0.75dB loss, it drops below the magic 1dB level which means that the change is barely perceptible by the human ear.
In our next article we shall look at high gain screens and also the use of grey material.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 08:16
I hope that your well, we had our annual Chinese charity night last for Demelza and Paul who won the cinema experience you kindly donated could not speak highly enough about the venue and in particular you and how you looked after them.
Many thanks just thought I would pass this on to you.
Hope business is good and must catch up soon.
Alan Pickrell DipPFS
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