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Issue 13 – December 2016


Accoustical Shading

Draper is proud to introduce a new line of acoustical shading products.

We’ve all heard of different kinds of pollution as they pertain to buildings. Of course, there are physical types of pollution we have to worry about—by-products getting into groundwater, for instance, or chemicals off gassing into the air. Then there’s light pollution. That’s too much light escaping buildings at night.

Draper has shading solutions to combat all of those. Now we’ve added a new one to the list.

Noise pollution.

You might not have thought about it, but the non-profit group Noise Pollution Clearinghouse ( calls noise one of the most pervasive pollutants in today’s built environment.

“Noise negatively affects human health and well-being,” according to their website. “Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction and lost productivity, and a general reduction in the quality of life and opportunities for tranquility.”

So how did we get here?

Like many of the other problems mentioned above, the trend towards more and larger windows has made a big difference. There are more open spaces, sleeker surfaces, exposed ceilings, and glass used in modern design.

This has led to more noise getting into our home and work spaces. Higher noise levels are also experienced due to those more open spaces—there are fewer space dividers to stop or absorb the conversation and activity levels. In addition, we can’t forget the impact of reverberation—the noise echoing back off of all of that exposed glass.

To mitigate these problems, we’re introducing EchoControl, a line of acoustical shading solutions.

EchoControl reduces reverberation—echo—inside a room, as well as the overall level of sound in a space. Acoustic treatments are already used to improve the acoustics within a room by using sound-absorptive materials. With EchoControl, echoing caused by sound reflecting off windows can also now be addressed.

Walls, especially those with windows, offer good surfaces to install acoustic absorbers. This fabric offers a unique combination of acoustic and lighting control and comfort! Available on both motorized and manual shades.

EchoControl has a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.60. The Noise Reduction Coefficient (ASTM C423-90a) rates the ability of a material to absorb sound. Zero is completely reflective, and one is completely absorptive. The NRC is calculated by averaging the frequencies of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz (rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.05).

In addition to its sound absorption properties, Draper EchoControl brings with it the advantages inherent in light filtering window shades. It diffuses light, reduces glare, controls solar heat gain, and reduces fading of interior furnishings. It’s GREENGUARD GOLD certified so there’s no off-gassing, and it’s infused with Microban® antimicrobial product protection.

For more information on Draper’s all-new EchoControl acoustical shading, click here. (


Super Bowl SpecialThis month’s featured tool isn’t exactly a tool in the usual sense. It’s actually a savings promotion, but you can use it as a tool to strengthen your bottom line. It’s our annual Superbowl Special!

So, who do you think will walk away with this year’s trophy? Here in Indiana we are under no illusions that the Colts have any chance—maybe your team will have a better shot, maybe not. But whoever comes out on top, you will come away a winner. From December 19 through February 3, Save 15% OFF on all AV Products – including TecVision! Use code: SB2017

SAVE 15% AV PRODUCTS – Now thru February 3, 2017

  • Projection Screens – including our most popular models, Onyx, Clarion, the entire Access family, Premier and Targa!
  • Projector Lifts – Aero Lift, Scissor Lifts, etc.
  • TecVision Surfaces – including our ambient light rejecting 1.0 grey!

Just use the special code SB2017 when placing your AV orders during the special promotion to get your big savings!


It doesn’t seem possible, but Christmas is almost upon us! And around here, of course, we are dreaming of a TecVision Christmas!

One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is watching the movies—both classics and new ones. Back in 2013, the American Film Institute ranked the top 100 holiday films.

Here’s the top 10:

  •     It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  •     Holiday Inn (1942)
  •     White Christmas (1954)
  •     The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  •     A Christmas Carol (1951)
  •     Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  •     Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  •     Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  •     Going My Way (1944)
  •     The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Three or four of my own favorites are on this top 10 list, while others—such as Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Desk Set, Home Alone, and more–didn’t—quite make it that high. But whatever your favorite holiday movies may be, one thing is certain: having the wrong projection screen in your home entertainment setup can leave you feeling like a pre-heart expansion Grinch.

Never fear, however—we’re here to help!

The first step is always to consider the space where you’ll be enjoying your holiday favorites. Will you watch your holiday movies in a dedicated home theatre, or in a more open space where other activities also take place and where ambient light is less easy to control?

If you plan to watch in a dedicated home theatre, where all the lights can be turned off, then a white screen like TecVision XT1100X White is perfect. If your projector is a bit on the weak side, you can also consider a small bump in gain, and use TecVision XT1300X White or TecVision XT1600X White. All of these surface have extra wide viewing cones so the whole family can watch James Stewart and Donna Reed getting closer and closer to the edge of the dance floor in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

If you want more contrast then a grey screen like TecVision XH700X Grey can be used. If you’re planning on watching something like “The Snowman” or “Christmas in Connecticut,” where you’ll be seeing a lot of white snow, though, you might want to get a slightly brighter projector, as all that white might lose its luster on a grey screen.

If you prefer to have the lights on, or want your screen in a multiple use area, then you will want to avoid a white screen. Go with a surface that is designed to reject ambient light away from the viewing area, such as TecVision XH900X ALR or TecVision MS1000X ALR. Remember, ALR materials require 15%-18% more projector light, so you will need a brighter projector than with a white screen. As mentioned with a grey screen above, this will bring those snowy white levels up to an appropriate level, while the material helps produce better black levels. That improved contrast should also help when watching classic black and white films.

All of the TecVision surfaces mentioned in this post are ISF certified for color accuracy, so you’ll know you’re seeing the exact pink of poor Ralphie’s bunny pajamas in “A Christmas Story.”Miracle on 34th Street

TecVision is also 4K and 8K ready, so as new classics are made, you will be able to enjoy them safe in the knowledge that you’re getting the best possible image out of your screen.

One final note: Whether you’re enjoying “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” or “Love, Actually,” sound is important. The best place for the speakers in any home theatre environment is behind the screen. So consider using either the NanoPerf versions of the above-mentioned surfaces, or one of Draper’s other acoustically transparent screens, for the optimum audio and visual holiday movie experience.

For details on Draper’s various TecVision surfaces, click here. (


Our Holiday Greetings for You