Projection Screens

Projection Screen
Every time you go into a movie theatre the greatest impact on your mind is usually the “look how big the screen is” factor. Try an IMAX theatre and the wow factor is even greater. So obviously for most people the phrase “bigger is better” does apply when it comes to choices of screen size relating to visual preferences. Maybe it is acceptable to watch the news, sport or soapies in the background on a small screen TV on top of the fridge or on a laptop at you desk, but this is more referred to as information viewing similar to security monitors.The real excitement of larger than life images however comes from correct technology matching with experience and knowledge needed to produce the amazing quality pictures which can be seen on a screen.To buy a screen today we need an understanding of:

  • Room size and its limitations – This is also linked to aesthetics and the overall plan involving seating, speaker placement and the available image sizes that your projector can display from a convenient mounting point.
  • Aspect ratio – As we are referring to screens for home use, the source should be delivering
    1. 4:3 [normal TV transmission and pre 1950’s movies]
    2. 16:9 [HD TV broadcast channels and most hired or bought DVD’s] and
    3. 2.3:1 for full screen movies on DVD or Blu-ray.

The choice is usually made depending on what you view the most.
Type of projection screens available:
Fixed frame – popular for its neatness when permanently fixed to a wall and usually framed with a broad black velvet border. If necessary it can also be hidden behind curtains not unlike in a movie theatre and be protected at the same time. These screens will be made of the best quality fabrics available and generally produce the finest pictures possible.
Fixed Frame
Motorised screens – can be conveniently mounted above a ceiling in a box or just below but hidden enough not to be noticed. You can also use the wall behind for a painting or similar artwork, lowering the screen by remote or linking it to the rest of the system to be activated on a matrix control when needed.
Motorised Screens
Pull-down screens – referred to as a manual screen. More suited to a limited budget with perhaps less efficient “screen gain” figures.
Pull Down Screens