What to look for when buying a projector screen

What to look for when buying a projector screen
What to look for when buying a projector screen
While the latest televisions are increasing impressive, nothing beats watching a new movie, a live sporting event or a favourite box set via a projector, giving you one-hundred-plus inches of high-definition brilliance.

To get the most out of a home projector system. However, you’ll need to get a dedicated screen.

But with so many options out there, how do you decide what's best for you? Well, here’s a short guide to what you need to know about projector screens and everything that you should consider when you decide to go for it.

Size matters
The number one consideration when shopping around for a projector screen is the size. The most popular sizes for home cinema tend to be in the 100-120-inch range. This measurement is taken across the diagonal, from the top left corner to the bottom right corner, for example.

This size range is the perfect fit for most rooms (including seating distance), is big enough to provide a realistic cinematic experience and, more importantly, won’t strain the majority of home cinema projectors on the market.

When it comes to getting the correct size for your room, it’s important to take into account the height and width of the space you want to use for your screen. The screen should be placed at eye-level (not too high or low, which will strain your neck). Also, note any restrictive elements on the wall you’ve selected, such as A-frame roofs, or windows, also make sure that all of your friends and family will have a clear line-of-sight to the screen.

However, don’t go too big if your room doesn't allow you to watch from a decent viewing distance. You don’t want to have to turn your head every time a new character speaks as if you were watching a live tennis match.

Golden ratio
Next up, you’ll need to consider the aspect ratio, which will largely depend on the type of content you want to view. An aspect ratio of 16×9 is fast becoming the industry standard for a wide variety of content, including TV shows, sports and video games, for example.

However, if all you want to do is watch movies, movies, and more movies, then it could be a wiser choice to go with a wide screen, cinemascope aspect ratio of 2.40:1. This will provide the best possible image for Blu-ray movies and other high-definition content.

Material girl
Last but not least, the other major consideration to take into account is the material and colour. And before you ask, projecting onto a wall is not going to provide anywhere near as good an experience as a dedicated screen — imperfections in the wall and paint will be glaringly obvious.

All screens have what is known in the industry as gain, which is a measurement of the screen’s reflectivity. The advice when it comes to most home cinemas is to go with a matte white finish. This will reflect light back over the widest viewing angle, as well as ensure that the colours remain accurate and bright.

For a more in-depth guide to buying the perfect screen for your home, business or any other purpose, see Projector Point’s comprehensive Projector Screen Advice.

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