Choosing the Right Type of Screen

A good over-all home theater experience involves having a projector screen. Though it may not be the best system for a home theater experience.

There are different kinds of projector screens, e.g., clear transparent projection screens, projection screens for glass windows, an rigid projection screens, but for the average user, not much is known about them.

Among the most typical projection screens are whiteboards. Below are some major characteristics of the common types of screens you will discover. You will also find here some factors you need to consider in choosing a screen. It is indeed a common practice of people to project images on blank walls, but the result is often of poor quality.
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Projection screens come with certain specifications. How applicable they are depend on how the projector and screen will be used.
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One of the most important feature of the projector screen is contrast. For theater environment and multi-purpose projectors, a high-contrast screen will be the best and most flexible choice. High-contrast screens are effective in lowering the light levels of the images projected resulting in clearer and sharper colors. Because of this, the viewer can also experience sharper color separation. Blurring as a result of pixelation is also eliminated.

Screens that are low-contrast can be used for still images where the transition of images is not fast or sudden, but remains in view for a long time. Usually, images projected this way can be viewed by a wider audience. It is good to note that this type of projector screens can sharply reflect images on static display without encountering contrast distortions.

If you have a whiteboard, it can also function as a projector screen. The characteristics of whiteboards are now being enhanced to serve as projector screens for presentations. We now have smart, interactive whiteboards which has the ability to interact with a computer-based presentation. But whiteboards are still not the best choice for home theater use, but more limited to business presentations and seminars.

You might not think too highly about it but paint is a good projector screen surface. There are certain qualities of paint that make it a good projector screen. You don’t have to worry about paint ever ripping or tearing apart. All you have to do is paint your wall with highly reflective paint and you have an instant projection screen. This can only be painted over white walls. For a projector screen to be viably painted on walls, it must be either white or light colored, as dark painted walls are hard to cover over.

Because paint is easier to maintain and comparatively cheaper to buy, it is fast becoming the projector screen of more and more people.