I love projection systems but setting up a screen can be a hassle. They ship in giant boxes that are hard to move around and attaching the screen to the fixed frame can be tedious and difficult.
When the package arrived, I was expecting a much bigger box. Previous ALR projection screens were shipped fully assembled in a massive heavy box. I remember struggling to stuff a gigantic heavy box holding a 100" screen into a small hotel elevator in New York City. However, the package containing the CLR® 3 screen was light and easy for one person to carry.
The package dimensions for the 103” screen was just 59.3” x 6.7” x 11.8”. One reason the screen ships in such a small package is that the longer horizontal frame rails are shipped in two pieces. This literally cuts the length of the box in half. In addition, the frame is made of aluminum, so it is super lightweight.
Assembly is pretty straight forward and no special tools are required, just a Phillips screwdriver. First, you assemble the frame and set it aside. Next, have a friend help you roll out the screen material on the sponge sheet and carefully place the assembled frame on top. To prevent leaving fingerprints on the screen material during assembly and mounting, Elite Screens includes a couple of pairs of white gloves.
Elite has done a good job with the Aeon CLR® 3, eliminating one of the most painful parts of putting a fixed screen together, which is snapping the material to the frame. I hate having to align the dozens of little buttons and stretching the material enough to snap it to them. The Aeon CLR® 3 uses springs instead of buttons to keep the Screen taut, simplifying the attachment process. Elite Screens even includes a tool to make installing the springs easier. It would have quicker and easier to assemble the screen with two people, but I did most of the assembly by myself in about 90 minutes.
The screen material wraps around the frame and is then covered by a thin black edge trim. This gives the Aeon CLR® 3 which gives the unit the “Edge Free “appearance of a flat-panel TV.