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4K / UHD Projection Explained

A 720p pixel will encompass each bump in the textured matte surface and uniformaly reflect the light in all directions. Some matte surfaces have gain altering properties and do not uniformly reflect the light without distorting the pixels or image.
Higher definition pixels (1080p, 4k+) are smaller than 720p and lower resolutions. The 1080p+ pixels are smaller than the texture of the matte surface. This causes a distortion of the reflected imaged, causing the picture to be less clear and defined. We refer to this as the "4k Fuzz Effect".

Matte Surface Screen

When you look closely at a projection screen surface, many surfaces look like varying grains of sandpaper and others have microscopic variations on the surface.

This causes pixel loss and "noise" in the image because the surface isn't able to perfectly reflect the projected image.

As projection resolution advances, pixel preservation becomes much more important to preserve the clarity of your image.

Compared to Compared to

Smooth HD Screens

Many advancements in the chemistry behind projection screen surfaces have been made as higher resolution projectors have become more commonplace in the market.

These new surface formulations are engineered to be free of texture and surface variances, offering brilliant light, vibrant color and the best surfaces for HD, 4K and Ultra HD projection.

In order to get the best image quality from your 1080p+ projector, a smooth surface formulated for higher resolution projection is suggested.

4K projector pixels reflecting uniformally off of a smooth HD projection surface.

Texture-Free Screen Surface

In order to avoid any degradation to the pixel geometry when using a 1080p or better projector, a surface devoid of any texture or matting. The creation of these texture-less surfaces is one of the most significant advances in projection screen technology over the past several years. All of our UHD / 4K Ready screen surfaces have the highest clarity, sharpness and definition of any projection screen released to date. This means, simply, that the geometry of each projected pixel remains as the projector manufacturer intended. To illustrate this point, see the screen material texture comparison below, showing one of our UHD / 4K Ready projection screen surfaces, as well as two other textured surfaces.

Screen Material Texture Comparison

(photos taken 2ft away)
UHD / 4K
UHD / 4K
Textureless Surface
Textured / Matte Surface Type A
Textured / Matte Surface
Type A
Textured / Matte Surface Type B
Textured / Matte Surface
Type B

The test above clearly shows that our UHD projection surfaces keep the pixels intact, while the other textured surfaces can significantly degrade the pixel geometry.

Perfect Pixel Geometry

The lack of texture leaves pixel geometry perfectly intact with UHD materials. Why is this important? With 1080p projectors now standard, using a texture-less UHD / 4K Ready material will ensures that the effective resolution remains at 1080p, while textured / matte surfaces degrade the pixel geometry to the point that the effective resolution is no longer even close to 1080p. Due to the fact that there is zero texturing and perfect preservation of detail clarity, our UHD / 4K Ready surfaces will perfectly resolve 4K resolution in both today's high endand future 4K projectors, saving you a screen upgrade by future proofing you for all.

UHD / 4KReady
UHD / 4K Ready
Standard Definition
Standard Definition

Pixel Geometry Degredation Test

(photos taken 2ft away from projected pixels)
UHD / 4K
UHD / 4K
Textureless Surface
Textured / Matte Surface Type A
Textured / Matte Surface
Type A
Textured / Matte Surface Type B
Textured / Matte Surface
Type B

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