Sound & Visonary: Grant Stewart Page 4

Where do you see the market for home projection screens five years from now? I read recently that TV viewing remains the most popular medium and still growing. Flat-panel TVs are improving but will be hard pressed to reach economies of scale in price at the sizes our projection-screen customers currently prefer.

As projector and scaler companies adopt electronic compression techniques that facilitate the use of anamorphic lenses, the major market will shift to Cinemascope projection screens. And 1080p higher resolution displays are allowing for larger screen sizes, which everyone wants.

Homes are getting bigger and bigger, as are projection displays, and we know our customers are looking for the best available technology. We're developing a screen with very high resolution and superior dynamic range, similar to the CineCurve, that might become popular in a few years.

Woven or perforated? Perforated will always win. When you're creating a home theater, you're always looking to make the smallest sacrifice for the best return, and microperforated screens offer the best audio and picture performance. Woven screens have too many issues with resolving high-def images. The pixels get lost in the layers of the weave, and the image's dynamic range is very low. Sound might not be compromised, but the picture is no longer acceptable. MicroPerf exceeds woven performance in all audio and visual categories. You can read more about this in our MicroPerf white paper at stewartfilm.com.

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