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Compare Sound Transparent Projector Screen Materials

Compare Acoustically Transparent/Sound Transparent
Projector Screen Materials

Carl's Place offers (4) front projection materials that allow speakers to be placed behind the screen and audio to pass through.
The Key Deciding Factors are Highlighted in Yellow.

Viewing Environment

9% Micro Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
7% Nano Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
Sound Transparent
Nano-Perforated FlexiGray
SheerWeave
Acoustically Transparent
Lighting Considerations * Dark Controlled Light
(Backyard Theater & Large Venue)
Dark Controlled Light
(Home Theater & Media Rooms)
Low Ambient Light
(Home Theater & Media Rooms)
Dark Controlled Light
(Home Theater & Media Rooms)
If you wish to begin the movie at dusk/sunset and your only ambient light concern is 20 minutes of viewing time at dusk, go with white. If you will experience ambient light throughout the entire movie, even after the sun goes down, go with gray. Unfortunately, these items are not meant for full sunlight.
Approximate Viewing Angle 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 160° (80° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- Left/Right)
Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor
Outdoor Outdoor– Yes, 100% PVC Mildew Resistant Outdoor– Yes, 100% PVC Mildew Resistant Outdoor– Yes, 100% PVC Mildew Resistant Not Recommended
Portable/Foldable Portable/Foldable Portable/Foldable Portable/Foldable Not Recommended

Specialties & Specifications

9% Micro Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
7% Nano Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
Sound Transparent
Nano-Perforated FlexiGray
SheerWeave
Acoustically Transparent
Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection
Rear Projection No No No No
High-Definition HD Possible HD Possible HD Possible Not Recommended
All of our projector screen materials are compatible for HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, projector screen materials with little to no texture provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition projected images.
Gain 1.1 1.1 0.8 - 1.0 1.0
Active 3D Ready Active 3D Active 3D Not Recommended Not Recommended
Color/Finish Bright Matte White Bright Matte White High Contrast Gray Textured White
Acoustically Transparent
Sound Transparent
Yes, 9% Perforated Yes, 7% Perforated Yes, 7% Perforated Yes, 5% Open Weave
Max Loss in Decibels Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon 4 dB
Max Height for a Seamless Screen 126 inches Tall 86 inches Tall 86 inches Tall 98 inches Tall
By Default This Item Ships Folded in a Box Folded in a Box Folded in a Box Rolled on a Tube
Max Height for Tube Shipping & Normal Shipping Carriers (Avoids Freight) 116 inches Tall 86 inches Tall 86 inches Tall 98 inches Tall

Installation

9% Micro Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
7% Nano Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
Sound Transparent
Nano-Perforated FlexiGray
SheerWeave
Acoustically Transparent
Tension-Mount
(pull tight like a giant artist canvas or trampoline)
Tension-Mount Tension-Mount Tension-Mount Non-Tensioned
When a screen is pulled tight (or bungeed) evenly all the way around the screen we call this tensioned. Tensioning provides a flat screen for even light distribution. Securing tension-mounted screens at the top and bottom, just the sides or only in the corners will not provide a flat surface for even light distribution. If you choose not to tension-mount applicable materials you are likely to see waves or ripples in your image. Visit our How-To page for Raw Material OR learn about the 4 inch Rule for Finished Edge Screens (bottom of page) and don't forget our Awesome FAQ.
Wall Mount or Roll Down Application Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended Possible
Which Side Faces the Audience? Project onto the white side. The back is black. Project onto the white side. The back is black. Project onto the grey side. The back is black. Project onto either side. There is no discernible difference.

Projector Information

9% Micro Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
7% Nano Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
Sound Transparent
Nano-Perforated FlexiGray
SheerWeave
Acoustically Transparent
Standard Projector
(Not Short Throw)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minimum Lumens 1800 Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800 Minimum Lumens Recommended 2000-3200 Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800 Minimum Lumens Recommended
Short Throw/Ultra Short Throw Compatible Yes Yes Yes with fewer chances for hot spots Yes

Product Types

9% Micro Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
7% Nano Perforated
Acoustic FlexiWhite
Sound Transparent
Nano-Perforated FlexiGray
SheerWeave
Acoustically Transparent
Raw Material– No Edges (Seamless) Projector Screen Material ( T ) Projector Screen Material ( T ) Projector Screen Material ( T ) Projector Screen Material
Black Vinyl Edges and Grommets (Seamless) Finished Edge Screens Finished Edge Screens Finished Edge Screens Not applicable due to lack of portability
Large Venue (Over 126" or 10.5' Tall) Oversize Welded Seam Screens 9% Micro Perforated Recommended Custom Orders Only- Call Us Not applicable due to lack of portability
Hanging Projection Screen Kits Hanging Projection Screen Kits Hanging Projection Screen Kits Hanging Projection Screen Kits Not applicable due to lack of portability
Standing Projector Screen Kits Standing Projector Screen Kits Standing Projector Screen Kits Standing Projector Screen Kits Not applicable due to lack of portability

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* Ambient light is any light that exists in your viewing environment. It may be indoor lighting or street lights, etc. If you have a dark room where the lights can be turned off we call this controlled light versus dealing with a street lamp, for example, which you may not have control over. An example of a dark viewing environment is a movie theater, low light might be a small light coming from the next room and high ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen.

Unfortunately, none of our materials are meant for full sunlight.

Generally speaking, the darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results. We recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments & gray projector screen materials for environments with low ambient light concerns. You will not need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray only provides additional contrast if you have ambient light concerns.

( T ) In the DIY market there is a wide range of comfort levels, skill sets and abilities. If you are at all concerned about folds and wrinkles you may want to consider ordering your raw material rolled on a tube, if available.