Screens have always been lacking in the industrial design department. After all, there is not much you can do with a bright white or murky grayish flap of material other than hang it on the wall and enjoy the great image it has to offer. Even screen frames are lackluster–literally. They are often made of black velvet material meant to absorb light spilling over from the designated image area onto the frame.
Why would you want to block out the view to watch TV during the day if you don’t have to?
When the lights are turned up, home theater screens are nothing special to look at. That’s why people try to hide them, stashing them behind curtains, stuffing them in the ceiling or floor, and covering them with tricky artwork.
And while Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond Zero Edge screen is known for its great image even with some ambient light in the room, my position is that it is the screen’s industrial design that makes it a true game changer for home theater enthusiasts and the average Joe alike. But I’m getting ahead of myself as I always do. Let’s start at the beginning.
My Existing Screen Innovations Screen
Below, you’ll see a picture of my “before” screen. It’s a white, 110-inch Screen Innovations screen, and it’s at least seven years old. It has served me well over the years. But ever since I moved and had to put my theater system into a room which, as you can see, has a large window caddy-corner, I have found myself wanting more. Because this is a dual-purpose room, for one, I wanted the screen to look great when it was off, and I didn’t want to carve any holes in the ceiling for a motorized screen. To enjoy the view (above left), I wanted to be able to leave the windows open, yet still catch up on my backlog of DVRed shows whenever I wanted, regardless if the sun was up or down. I’d heard many a great thing about the Screen Innovations Black Diamond Zero Edge screen, so I decided to see if it would be up to these key tasks, while also looking incredible in total darkness.