StJohn Group Announces New Low -priced Acoustically Transparent Performance Series Screens from Screen Excellence

New line puts the price of acoustically transparent screens close to solid screens.

Bellingham, WA - December 3, 2008 - Screen Excellence, the ultimate brand for high -performance, acoustically transparent, moiré free projection screens, has launched a new value -oriented line. North American distributor, StJohn Group, announced the immediate availability of the fixed frame "Performance" Series in four sizes - 70", 80", 87" and 95" (width of viewing area).  The Performance Series by Screen Excellence joins the company's already established Reference fixed and motorized series and True Aspect Masking screen series and is designed from the ground up for today's rapidly growing group of value -conscious digital home theater projectors.


Retail pricing for the 16:9 (1.78) native aspect ratio projection screen begins at $1,630 for a 70" wide viewable area.

Much like in a commercial cinema, the Screen Excellence Performance screens allow placement of the center speaker, or all front channel speakers, behind the screen - as the director intended, the only way to create the most realistic cinematic experience by actually matching the sound to action on the screen.

All Performance Series screens are shipped with pre -cut Enlightor 2 (EN2) acoustically transparent (AT) matte white screen fabric and an integrated black backing fabric layer for mitigating light reflections behind the screen surface. The frame is a luxurious velour -coated beveled aluminum, only 3.15" wide.  Installation is quick and simple. The EN2 material adds only 1.5 dB of razor -flat attenuation of the speaker's response. The AT black backing material introduces another 1.5dB of straight and level attenuation. No re -equalization is required. No audio comb filtering occurs unlike vinyl perforated or some competing woven screen materials.

StJohn Group's John Caldwell, sales director, summarized, "Screen Excellence's new Performance Series fixed frame screens are exactly what our dealers have been asking for with the recent, dramatic rise in high quality entry level digital projectors. By focusing the line around four common sizes, we can create economies of scale in pricing that allow our dealers to sell an AT screen to a wider segment of the market than ever before. The timing is perfect for our dealers to bundle Performance Series screens with our value -engineered new Blackwing One, 3 -chip LCoS projector coming on line from Cineversum in mid -December.

Key Features of Performance Screens
- Exclusive Enlightor 2 fabric - giving optimum image and sound permeability, with black backing layer for mitigating light reflections from behind the screen.

- No moiré effect - Ideal for use with today's growing group of entry level home theater digital projectors using DLP, LCD, LCoS and other fixed -pixel projectors

- Unity gain (0.95) Enlightor 2 projection surface for no hot -spotting#

- 3 dB total insertion loss. Razor -flat attenuation. No need for re -EQ.

  - Flat projection surface

- Stylish lightweight, velour -coated frame

- Includes wall -mounting hardware

- Available in four popular sizes; 16:9 format only

- Priced for the budget -conscious consumer



About Screen Excellence
Screen Excellence offers the most advanced Acoustically Transparent (AT) screens available today. Using the proprietary Enlightor woven screen fabrics, their state -of -the -art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to perforated vinyl screens or other woven screen materials. Only the best finish, build quality and mechanical features are standard for Screen Excellence.

Behind this rich heritage is Patrice Congard, founder and CEO of Screen Excellence. Mr. Congard is the originator of the modern acoustically transparent screen and is a leading innovator of the technology. His entire career has been focused on delivering superb engineering solutions to a variety of professional and consumer audio projects. The development of acoustically transparent screens is the natural solution he envisioned after providing loudspeaker systems that had to be accommodated around screens - not in their natural position, which, as in commercial applications, he believes to be behind the screen.

About StJohn Group
StJohn Group, Inc. is not a typical American distributor. Only representing lines offering exclusive North American distribution opportunity allows the company to closely work with its partners on a holistic approach to brand development.  Unlike most U.S. distributors, StJohn Group handles all facets of sales and marketing, including literature and collateral creative and production, advertising creative and buys, public relations, web sites, business development and long range market planning.

Based in Bellingham, WA with a satellite office in Ventura, CA, StJohn Group has seventeen regional representative firms and an active roster of more than 800 specialty A/V dealers.


StJohn Group specializes in products and services for the custom integration (CI) market - both residential and commercial - and represents Artcoustic and Cabasse Loudspeakers, Cineversum projectors, iSky Panels and Screen Excellence in North America and the Caribbean.

Relevant Web sites:
http://www.stjohngroup.com/
http://www.screenexcellence.com/
http://teamsync.cebiz.net/

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