Why Home Theater Designers Use Perforated Screens


Blend the best of picture and sound with screens that localize the delivery of sound

Private cinemas offer unmatched convenience for movie lovers who want to enjoy high-quality entertainment in the comfort of their own homes. However, it is vital to ensure that the equipment that makes this possible is installed correctly. Most homeowners who want a truly luxurious experience partner with a professional to design their space because of their expertise in what equipment is best for their projects. Read on to discover why home theater designers in Overland Park, KS use perforated screens in their installations to offer superior picture and sound.



Perforated Screens

In commercial cinemas, perforated screens work with speakers that are placed behind the screen surface to localize the delivery of both sound and speech to a corresponding area of the image. Doing so in a home theater is even more immersive than in a commercial cinema because the audience sits even closer to the screen. Perforated screens use holes so tiny that they are not visible, allowing the audio to flow through. Installing your high-end JBL speakers behind perforated screens enables the left and right channels to be placed level with the audience while remaining hidden.

Perfect Placement

When setting up your display, it is important to consider the brightness of your projector and the viewing distance. Some perforated screens require ultra-bright projectors based on how much ambient light may be in your home theater. Additionally, some screens do not have cross reflective dampening that manages the spill of light onto the walls and ceilings, which can degrade your viewing experience. To minimize ambient light and light reflections, consider designing your room to operate in total darkness, with dimmable smart lighting, blackout curtains for any windows, and dark paint colors for walls and ceilings.

In addition, the proper viewing distance is affected by the type of perforation and the level of illumination. As luminance increases, the texture becomes more visible at closer distances, so a good balance of distance and brightness is needed to ensure the optimal viewing experience. The best way to design the perfect home theater with a perforated screen is to work with a professional who can carefully decide the best layout for your space and select the best products, such as industry-leading Sony projectors.

Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations offers some of the best perforated screens globally with models measuring 150” or more. The Pure AT screen delivers unrivaled image uniformity and sharp image reproduction by offering a textured pattern that is nine times finer than standard gray or white materials. This perforated screen has very little attenuation, starting at around 1-2kHz and up. Typical impact on frequency response is within the -3db range with a peak attenuation of -6db at 20kHz. This difference can be corrected with a receiver that features room correction technology, and many architectural speakers feature a treble compensation switch to adjust for this.

The Slate AT is an acoustically transparent projection screen that boasts director-level sound and crisp picture quality. Screen Innovations uses a perforation pattern that is more tightly woven than a standard acoustic screen, using 30,000 half-millimeter holes in just one square foot of space. Using ambient light rejection technology (ALR), the Slate AT carries the same light rejecting quality as its non-acoustic variations, performing exceptionally well as an acoustically transparent material while still ensuring the best possible image quality. Install the center channel speaker, dedicated to the vocal track, behind the center of the viewing surface to create vocalizations directly from the actor's image.

Applause Custom Sight & Sound can help you select the best home theater screen, projector, and speakers for your space. Our team will work with you to carefully evaluate the layout of your room and determine where to place all of your components for the best possible performance. For a free consultation, please contact us at (913) 498-1183, use the live chat box below, or fill out our contact form.


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