dnp's Supernova Projector Screen Pumps Up Contrast Ratio and Brightness

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It's hard to get excited about projector screens, but dnp's new Supernova Infinity is making us weak in the knees. It's the first front-projection screen that keeps a sharp image at all times, regardless of how much light is in your room. dnp claims the screen delivers a contrast ratio 10x better than what's out now. That's not the only bold claim they make.

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They also say the Infinity's images are 2x brighter than the competitions'. So how does it deliver all that? It's all in the screen, which has an active high-contrast filter that allows the projected image to be reflected while absorbing light from other areas. No word on pricing yet, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to start saving now.

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All of these screens like this are using DNP's optics. You can already buy this type of screen from several places such as Screen Innovations (Visage) or even order them directly from DNP where they are less expensive.

The DNP screens like this are ~2.0 gain screens, so when you get off-axis you see dramatic decreases in brightness, so they aren't always the best for areas when you need a wide viewing angle. Normal "silver" or RGB coated 2.0 gain screens have dramatic performance gains in ambient light as well at much less cost. Nobody has really developed a magic bullet for projector screens (yet?) but at least there are some neat options out there.

If you have lots to spend, absolutely can't control your lighting, and have an appropriate setting for viewing a 2.0 gain screen, then this is a nice screen to go with.