ACOUSTICAL TRANSPARENCY LEVELS
The UltraWeave v5-v7 achieves its reference acoustical transparency levels by combining a patented layout of woven and knitted layers. The woven ultra-fine front layer provides structural sharpness, and is highly audiotransparent due to the virtue of being extremely thin, while the remaining reflective knitted layers adds brightness while also allowing air (sound) to pass very efficiently.
Although we have modified and perfected each layer to accommodate the highest possible audio transparency on the v7, adding another reflective layer does impact the acoustical blockage levels to some degree. The UltraWeave v6 will remain our reference in terms of acoustical transparency, averaging at a record low 1,5dB blockage. The v7 is still what we consider highly audiotransparent, averaging at 3,3dB. From our perspective, the v7 balances the audio and video aspect quite elegantly.
Compared to other higher gain woven screens or certainly perforated PVC screens this level is still highly competitive, especially when taken into consideration it includes our integrated black backing.
The woven screen fabric used in our gain benchmark comparison measured more than 5dB peak drop without black backing that normally adds another 1-2dB. 6-7dB drop is quite hard to compensate for even using extensive amounts of equalisation.
Other higher gain woven screens might block less of the audio than the example we ran these comparisons to, but in all the cases we have observed, higher gain is then obtained by adding a more reflective coating to the threads (as opposed to simply tightening the weave like is the case for the fabric we have tested in our comparison, which remains quite matte) used in weaving the fabric causing shimmering and in reality a non-matte / non-unity gain image basis.
A perforated PVC screen has even greater audio blockage, ranging from 7 – >10dB.
The v6 and the v7 will be sold parallell, whereas your personal priorities, screen size, projection system and overall audio setup would be the basis of what makes out your dream screen. Please do not hesitate contacting us for advice!