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Symphony 440 Design Group is proud to be associated with Harkness Screens, an Ireland based cinema, live events and home theatre screen expert. Harkness Screens is the world’s leading projection screen technology company specializing in providing 2D and 3D cinema and home theatre screen technologies, 4K projector screens, innovative solutions and services to the cinema and live events markets.
Harkness Screens aims to offer outstanding service & support to its customers and business partners. With the main corporate headquarters at Dublin, Ireland, Harkness has regional offices and manufacturing facilities in UK, USA, France, India and China.
Harkness screen’s History:
From its humble beginnings in 1929, Harkness has grown to employ over more than 100 people across five countries. Harkness has a vast number of its products used in some of the finest cinema halls and other high profile venues in more than 130 countries.
Offering 2D and 3D screen technologies for digital,rear-projection and 35mm film projection, Harkness serves the professional cinema, film production, special effects and live events markets.
In 1929, founder Andrew Harkness, ventured into the screen-manufacturing business with his 18-year-old son Tom. The company operating from the then bustling UK film studios of Borehamwood rapidly grew and became hugely successful for its woven screens and later even washable woven screens.
During the early 1940s, Tom Harkness identified plastic (PVC) as a new material which seemed to possess all the properties required for an exemplary screen. Mr Harkness dedicated a lot of time, developing a revolutionary method of welding the plastic together, called the Tearseal method, later patented under Harkness. The Harkness Tearseal method made a flat seam, rising Harkness screens to new levels of success.
By the mid of 1950s, more significant technical improvements and small perforations were incorporated into Harkness screens, enabling behind-screen speaker placement, creating a unique cinema experience.
Considering the larger screens requirements by cinema exhibitors and limited technology available for putting sufficient light on the screen, Harkness developed its first coated gain screen in Perlux®. This screen was capable of providing brighter and more vivid presentations, Elevating Harkness into the world’s leading screen maker position.
In the mid-1990s, as the multiplex boom accelerated globally, Harkness invested heavily in research and development to produce what by the end of the first 3D boom (in 2011) would become the world’s leading polarized silver screen brand in Spectral.
Recognizing the global leadership status the business had acquired, Harkness quickly expanded its overseas operations, starting from purchasing a European screen manufacturer based in France and building new factories in the USA, China and India.
Since 1929, innovation has been at the heart of Harkness, which remains as an essential principle and visible through the development of Harkness’s screen technology in Clarus XC.
Along with innovation, continuous improvement is also the reason for Harkness’s success. While continually looking for methods to improve products, Harkness is already undertaking significant research and development into the future of projection using laser technology.
Harkness screen’s technological features:
Digital Screen Modeller: Digital Screen Modeller from Harkness Screens is a 3D simulation tool that allows architects, engineers and exhibitors to visualize and optimize digital cinema scenarios in a virtual environment.
Reality capture: Reality Capture from Harkness Screens is an affordable service provided for all exhibitors, project managers and architects with a rapid surveying service designed to authenticate existing building drawings (2D CAD or 3D BIM).
Harkness screen’s product line:
Matt Plus 2D screens:
Matt Plus is a versatile auditorium and home theatre screen surface intended generally for dark conditions. The flexible PVC-based material, manufactured using unique formulation and specification, offers wide viewing angles, high contrast, bright pictures and perfect colour temperature.
Perlux HiWhite screen technology introduced in 2018, is the industry’s leading higher gain cinema & home theatre screen. Perlux HiWhite re-imagines the rest of projection screens with its Nanolast™ technology meant to create the brightest ever gain screen with ultra-wide viewing angles, improved uniformity, superior colour and contrast rendition and natively laser-ready.
Clarus XC Polarized screens:
From breath-taking 2D to its spectacular performance in 3D, Clarus XC, the new revolutionary screen technology from Harkness Screens allows cinema exhibitors to improve video presentation at their theatre screens dramatically. Clarus XC technology is the result of significant work by Harkness’s Research and Development team to bring together several proprietary technologies to create a screen surface for the age of immersive cinema.
Precision White for RealD:
Available exclusively for RealD 3D cinema, Precision White Screen used for cinema projection combines the performance of 2D white screens with polarized 3D image technology. Designed to deliver enhanced 2D & 3D presentations with better viewing angles, Precision White Screen technology features edges that are substantially brighter than a standard silver screen.
Popular reviews on Harkness screens:
Harkness Spectral 240:
“Harkness Spectral 240 3D screens are considered by cinema exhibitors and special venue operators worldwide as the optimum 3D projection surface for systems using polarized light. The Spectral 240 provides superior gain characteristics with a very low depolarization level (extinction ratio), excellent colour temperature and great viewing angles. Seams on the Spectral 240 are invisible under normal projection conditions.”
Harkness Perlux 180:
“Harkness Perlux screens are considered by leading cinema exhibitors worldwide to be the premier gain projection surface. The Perlux line of screens provides a choice of gain characteristics, high contrast, bright pictures, generous viewing angles and excellent colour temperature. The Perlux 180 is a high-gain option for larger auditoria.”
Being an authorized dealer of Harkness screens India, Symphony 440 Design Group provides original full HD home theatre screens and 4K projector screens from Harkness at genuine price. With decades of experience in the professional and residential audio-visual industry, Engineers at Symphony 440 Design Group suggest the best Harkness for your application depending on budget and room specific requirements.