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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JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review
This year JVC has upped their projector game, and nowhere is that more apparent than the JVC DLA-RS400 and DLA-X550R home theater projectors sold in the >>
NEC P502WL Projector Review
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Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite 955WH is a higher-end model in Epson’s Powerlite 9xx series of classroom projectors. While Epson markets the PowerLite 955WH >>
Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review
The Pro Cinema 1985 - A True Light Canon of a projector for enjoyable large screen viewing in "Bright Rooms." We're talking living rooms, family rooms >>
Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review
"Optoma’s 1080p ultra short throw interactive projector, the EH320USTi, is perfect for businesses, schools and colleges. It is bright (4,000 lumens) >>
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Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review
The "Evolution is Upon Us." Sony's VPL-HW65ES offers a number of improvements over the HW55ES - its rather excellent predecessor - which was a Best In >>
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Find paragraph descriptions of all our reviews of current home theater projectors (and some older ones). Projectors are listed in chronological order.
Business and Education Projector Reviews Directory
Find paragraph descriptions of all our reviews of current business and education projectors (and some older ones). Projectors are listed in chronological >>
NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
We have reviewed NEC ultra short throw projectors in the past and the UM352W builds on NEC's solid reputation for producing quality projectors in this >>
Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review
The HC1040 projector is geared for "bright rooms" - doesn't need a cave to enjoy sports, HDTV and movies
BenQ HT3050 Home Theater Projector Review
The HT3050 is the middle projector of three new home entertainment - home theater entries. We've previously reviewed (and liked) the more expensive >>
JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review
The DLA-RS600U and the virtually identical DLA-X950R are JVC's flagship models for the US Market (called the DLA-X9000 in Europe) and replace the DLA- >>
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review
Typically the under $2000 range for home projectors has consisted of two classes of projectors, the entry level of the home theater class - projectors >>
Projector Screen Reviews Reviews
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…