Posted on August 29, 2006 Art Feierman
I initially reviewed the first “version” of this screen over a year ago when it first reached the market. In my initial findings (read the review) this screen represented the least expensive commercial high contrast grey screen available, and overall, a good value. It did, however, also have a major shortcoming, and that was a visible hot spot in line with the projector. Now, hot spots, to the best of my knowledge, cannot be 100% eliminated, even on the best screens, and high contrast screens are more sensitive than basic matte screens.
Several months later, Elite asked me to review a new version of the screen, or, rather, the updated version (the original was the R100H, the newer one the R100H1), which sported a new screen surface material, and black backing on the screen surface, which they told me significantly eliminated the hot spot tendency and improved performance. Well, I’ve finally broken down, and agreed to take a second look, as part of our efforts here to start reviewing more screens. Let’s get started:
The Elite ezFrame R100H1 (100″ diagonal) reviewed, is a High Contast grey surface fixed screen, with a 16:9 ratio. Suggested List Price is $629. (Dealers sell them a significant discounts.) There is also an R100WH, but that one is a matte white surface, which we did not test. Overall, Elite offers the ezScreen series in 4:3, 16:9, and 2.35:1 configurations. There are 8 sizes available in 4:3 screens, from 84″ diagonal to 200″ diagonal. There are 16 different screens (10 different sizes) of 16:9 screens from 84″ to 200″ diagonal. Finally, there are 5 sizes of 2.35:1 screens, from 96″ to 138″ diagonal
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