Once you buy a projector, you’ll need to find a suitable projector screen that works best with your room size, ambient light, and projector luminosity,
to optimize the picture quality for an enhanced visual experience.
The resources and information from this page, we hope these articles will help you make the best screen related decisions.
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Choosing the Right Projector Screen
Ambient light, room size, and projector specifications, determine the type of projector screen that will work best for your needs. You can choose from a front projection screen – wall mounted or portable – to a fancy rear projection screen that manual or electric versions. If you are in a classroom, mounting the projector screen over the front whiteboard, would work best. A home theater system would also require mounting, however business projector systems are used for presentations, etc., that require more portability.
Tensioned or Non-tensioned Manual Projector Screens
These are common setups because they are the most inexpensive alternative. Manual projector screens pull down like a window shade when needed and flip back up between uses. Manufacturers have created tensioned models to enhance picture quality and solve the issue of bends and folds in non-tensioned screens. There is a manual screen case, Controlled Screen Return, that stops the projector screen from rolling back too quickly.
Article on Projector Screen Terminology:
Advice and factors in deciding which projector screen is right for you.
Types of Projector Screen Fabric
Let’s define the two most important terms that screen fabric directly effects.
Screen gain is the measure of light reflectivity. A gain of 1.0 is the industry standard; 1.2 is 20% higher reflectivity.
Projector screen viewing angle is a measure of quality picture from the center of the screen to the far right and far left of the projection. Color distorts, and light dims, and a certain point on the angle on the viewing axis. Movie theaters are designed to give everyone the same picture quality no matter where they are seated.
Gray or White
High contrast gray screens mean that whites are less bright, and blacks are closer to actual black. Grey screens depend on sufficient projector luminosity, but reflect less room light than white screens which make them more effective in rooms with ambient light coming from other sources than the projector. There is an obvious advancement in picture quality from gray screens in rooms that are completely darkened.
As gain, or light reflectivity, increases, viewing angle decreases, so understanding the room your projector will be setup in is very important to determine the material your projector screen will be made out of.
For an in depth understand on the topics of touched on here, I’ve included the articles below:
Article on Projector Screen Quality
An intro to choosing a quality projector screen. Article by Stewart Filmscreen.
Frames, Borders and Trim. Make sure you order the right projector screen. The right dimensions are just the beginning. This article will help you understand what many of your choices are.
Plain matte surface projector screens, high contrast screens (gray and white), and high contrast screens. Which will work best in your home theater?
How to choose the appropriate screen size?
There are three basic formats:
- Square – square screen are usually used for presentation and lower quality picture. 1:1 Ratio.
- Video Format – video format screens are a 4:3 ratio for standard television and computer monitor aspect ratio, and used for fullscreen and widescreen view.
- HDTV – HDTV screens have a 16:9 width to height ratio and are the only real option for optimal hi-definition picture quality for you home theater system.
Here’s how to compute height and width dimensions of a projector screen from the diagonal dimension, and how to calculate diagonal and height starting with projector screen width.
Buying your projector screen
Do not compromise on a screen after putting your investment in to the projector; this would be selling yourself short like buying an HDTV, without connecting the cable through HDMI.
When ordering a projector screen, most screens are “special order”. Get it right the first time to avoid large restocking fees. You’ll want to remember to figure in the width of the frames, and other key factors, or you’ll pay the price…