Projection Screen, Home Theater
The Big Screen Experience
There are certain experiences you can only get with a projection screen. Projection screens offer a true to form big screen experience much like the one you get when you go to the movies. The right projection screen can open up your world beyond just seeing movies. From video games and video chat, to shopping and watching movies, the experience is completely different when done on a projection screen. One so immersive it will feel like you have been transported into another world. A world that only you can control, a world comprised of life-sized experiences unlike anything you can possibly imagine. Experience a movie night just like you were at the movies from the comfort of your own home in any room. Until now, a dedicated home theater room was necessary to bring home the experience of being at the movies. But, that has all changed! Today, there are projection screens that allow you to bring the same big screen experience you get from being at the movies to any room of your home no matter what.
From movies to video games, if you haven’t experienced playing a video game on a big screen you are in for a mind-blowing experience! A projection screen offers interactivity that is 100 times more interactive on a screen that is 100 inches or greater. And, with the holidays drawing close, can you imagine shopping online with a projection screen. Not only does a big screen turn a thumbnail into a poster sized image, but now there are tools like the 3D eye from Xbox Kinect that allows you to try on your clothes virtually. They call it, the virtual dressing room. And, for those who love to video chat, the experience is completely transformed when immersed on a big screen! Instead of a headshot video that is the size of a postage stamp, a projection screen offers a life-sized video, which is the next best thing to actually being present there in the room. All of this is only made possible with the right projection screen and projector. But be aware, not all projection screens are the same.
Projection Screen 101
Everything You Need To Know About Choosing the Right Screen
The projection screen is just as important as the projector; after all, you watch the screen not the projector! The right high quality projection screen reproduces an image without losing quality. It does this by maximizing the light coming from the projector and in turn reflects the image on the screen so that everyone in the room can see it clearly. Important to make note of, the projector and projection screen need to match the size and purpose of your room. A factor that cannot be overlooked!
Aspect ratio is an important factor for selecting the right screen. And, projection screens come in a number of aspect ratios. The aspect ratio for a square screen is 1:1, while a video screens’ aspect ratio is 4:3. An aspect ratio of 16:9 is what a wide screen uses. When choosing the aspect ratio of your projection screen you must ensure you match it with the aspect ratio of your projector.
Material is another important factor. As an example, a matte white diffusion screen is suitable when light conditions can be controlled. For a wider viewing angle, Datalux is a type of fabric that was specifically designed for this purpose. Datalux is suitable when a projector is mounted on the ceiling.
Types of Projection Screens (each have a range of styles & fabrics):
- Manual Projection Screens: this type of movie screen is a pull down screen done manually
- Electric Projection Screens: this type of screen is has a motor that allows you to raise or lower your screen with a switch or remote control
- Fixed Projection Screens: for those who need a screen to be available at all times, this is the best solution
- Portable Projection Screens: this type of screen varies in size, and style ranging from table top to wall sized
- Curved Screens: this type of screen has some distinct advantages like delivering a more uniformly illuminated image when seating is more centrally localized
Knowing whether or not you need a manual, fixed, or electric screen is really a question of room environment. Most manual and electric screens are available with the same surface materials. Electric projection screens give you a wow factor since you can raise or lower with the touch of a button. Electric screens can be hidden in the ceiling for that stealth aesthetic appeal. But if you are going to leave the screen in the down position most of the time, a fixed screen makes the most sense. However, keep in mind the size of your screen matters. As an example, the larger the screen, the more space a fixed screen will take up in your room.
Not All Projection Screens Are Created Equal…