Daylight Cinema: The ChangHong ChiQ S100FX Acrylic Contrast Wall

A screen that is great for watching movies even in daylight — that's the dream of everyone who doesn't happen to have a large movie theater hidden in the basement. The ChiQ S100FX daylight screen from the Chinese manufacturer Changhong is supposed to make this possible.

Sichuan Changhong Electric Co. Ltd; Changhong for short; is a Chinese company that was founded back in 1958. Originally, it developed and produced airborne fire control radar systems, but its focus changed in the 1970s. Products for the civilian population became more interesting, namely television sets. Changhong has continued to build itself up technologically, forming partnerships with Panasonic, among others. A lot has happened in the last few years. Relevant to us is that the manufacturer has recently developed laser TVs, and to match them, now a screen that retains its contrast even in daylight.

The ChiQ S100FX Screen

But how does this daylight screen work?

The ChiQ S100FX shines with a complex, multi-layered lamella structure. Thanks to this, the light that hits the screen from the side is absorbed. However, the light hitting the screen from below is reflected. Thus, the light from the projector is not disturbed by extraneous light, which in turn means that the image on the screen retains its black level. Thanks to its 100 inches, the screen is also suitable as an alternative to the TV, as it can also function excellently in the living room – provided that it is large enough. The optimal seating distance is three to four meters and the viewing angle should be 45 degrees for the best result.

While we’re on the subject of dimensions: The frame screen has an image width of 1.99 m to 2.5 m (16:9 aspect ratio). Its dimensions are 223 cm x 125 cm x 2 cm. At the same time, the ChiQ S100FX comes to a weight of a proud 29 kg. The main reason for the weight is obvious: the screen is made of scratch-resistant acrylic glass. This is also the secret for the impressive light absorption and also leads to the fact that the screen hangs on the wall like a picture frame.

Now, of course, the question arises as to which devices are compatible with the screen. It’s clear that ultra-short-throw projectors or laser TVs are the ideal feeds for the Daisy screen. (It should be noted that a classic front projector is unfortunately not suitable.) But why actually laser TVs? The term ultimately describes the use of setups with minimal distance below the screen. With its ultra-short distance optics, the Laser TV projects its image onto the screen and can thus even be a substitute for the classic TV. For the projection, in turn, the screen is specially coated so that the beamer light, which hits the screen at an acute angle, is reflected by the viewers. In the process, light from the ceiling and the surrounding area is absorbed. This means the ChiQ S100FX absorbs the light —  be it sunlight or living room lighting – and uses it to create even more powerful images.

Final Thoughts

Manufacturer Changhong has addressed a problem that has been with us in the home theater world for a very long time: The combination of the projector, screen, and daylight. With the acrylic contrast screen ChiQ S100FX, this problem should now be a thing of the past, as it is possible to absorb the light incidence in such a way that only that of the projector remains. This naturally results in impressive contrast and black levels. We are thus witnessing a groundbreaking innovation. We are already incredibly excited about the screen.

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