Harkness introduces Clarus 170 passive screen 3D surface


Harkness Screens launched a new, passive 3D screen surface, Clarus 170. Designed for use in large-format auditoria (using two projectors) or smaller to mid-sized theatres where 3D systems using polarized light are deployed, the Clarus 170 3D surface also enhances conventional 2D presentation, enabling DCI compliance with optimized theatre geometry.

“We developed our new Clarus 170 screens to provide cinema operators with the ability to optimize digital projection and improve overall light distribution across the screen for polarized 3D, a key customer requirement. It is these conditions where light loss is proven to be most significant and where consequently presentation quality can sometimes be below the standard required,” says Richard Mitchell, worldwide marketing manager at Harkness Screens.

Clarus 170 3D screens use Harkness’ new fourth-generation screen technology to provide a wide viewing angle and significantly increase overall brightness uniformity across the screen while maintaining suitable light on screen for 2D and 3D projection.

“With our new Clarus 170 3D surface, we’ve been able to significantly reduce visual hot-spotting, which is often seen on higher-gain screens. Clarus 170 allows exhibitors to benefit from more even light distribution across the screen without the need to radically alter equipment specification such as lamp size or lamp power which lower-gain 3D screens might require,” Mitchell adds.

Specialist aluminium flake-based coating applied to the unique base material provides high-gain characteristics, strong signal-to-noise ratios, generous viewing angles and ideal color temperature while utilizing Harkness’ proprietary seam-welding process to ensure that these screens have no visible seams under projection conditions.

“Harkness Screens has always been committed to providing the cinema industry with cutting edge, state-of-the-art presentation surfaces, and in Clarus 170 we are ready to springboard towards the next generation of the world’s leading screens for 3D,” states Mitchell.

For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.