A high-quality projector screen has anti-reflective properties and a wide viewing angle. You want to look for a screen with a 1.1 Gain, or as close to that as possible to keep reflection down. You don’t want a passing car’s headlights or the lights from your house to reflect off the screen when everyone’s trying to watch a movie or a night-time presentation. If you want to have a large gathering, you’ll also want to look for projector screens that offer a 160-degree viewing angle. With such a range, people can spread out and sit at an angle in front of the screen without having any distortion.
Features to Check Out for a Projector Screen
Types of Screens
We can categorize the screens on various grounds and the main criteria to do so is the mounting type and the way it retracts. So, depending on the application, if you need a fixed screen you can go for a ceiling or wall-mounted fittings. And for a handy solution, you can go for portable screens that include table-top, a tripod or a foldable one.
Retraction is one of the important features of the projector screen. You have the option to pick either the manual closing and retracting or go for an electric retraction which withdraws the screen back to the base with a click of a button.
Screen Fabric: – When choosing the screen material, three factors can help ensure the best match with your projector and room:
- Gain affects image brightness; a higher-gain screen will produce a brighter image.
- Colour Screens are generally either white, matte white or some shade of grey. Grey screens can boost contrast and provide deeper blacks. It is also known to produce a high contrast ratio thus generating better colour output.
- Texture – all of our screens can reveal all the detail in HDR video up to 16K optimized. Some screens have a finer texture or “grit” and can be used with 4K projectors.
Screen Gain: – The amount of your projector’s light that is reflected back at viewers is referred to as “gain.” The gain of the screen is directly related to the brightness of the screen. A gain of 1.0 means the screen reflects back all the light it receives. Higher gain means more reflected light and a brighter picture. Different screen coatings applied to the base vinyl screen material are how different gain values are achieved. In other words, more light is reflected than it receives, thus producing more brightness. Higher gain can help provide a brighter image with very large screens, or in rooms with significant ambient light. High-gain screens may also reproduce colour and contrast less accurately than lower-gain screens, which means a gain of less than one.
Viewing Angle: – The viewing angle is the optimum angle at which a viewer is able to see the best picture quality. The screens with high gain have optimum viewing angles perpendicular to the screen. So before picking the best screen for the projector, you need to check its viewing angle, whether it has a narrow or a wide viewing angle.
Audio Transparency: – Some HDR projectors come with built-in speakers. If your projector doesn’t, or if you need extra audio power, try speakers, which has a feature of built-in amplifiers. For the projector screen, if you intend to place the speakers just behind the screen, then you need a projection screen with perforations for sound to pass through it. (Take a close look at a theatre screen sometimes and you’ll notice a pattern of tiny holes called perforations.)
Aspect Ratio: – The aspect ratio basically defines the length of the screen in proportion to the breadth of the screen. The latest and the most popular screen size is the 16:9 aspect ratio and is also known as HDTV format screen. It can handle the projector resolutions that includes 4K UHD, FHD (1080p) and HD (720p). The other screen sizes include widescreen with 16:10 aspect ratio, video format screen with an aspect ratio of 4:3, cinema format with 2.35:1 and square screens with 1:1 aspect ratio for overhead projections.
Rear Projection Technology: – A rear projection screen offers unsurpassed brightness, contrast and viewing angles in an outdoor setting. With a rear projection screen, the projector is placed behind the screen, shooting towards the audience. This allows the screen technology to control the light path distributing bright, sharp images into a predefined viewing zone. It also helps to make the image more resilient to ambient light that may be hitting the front of the screen. The rear projection screen generally costs more money than front projection screens.
Lumina Screens bring various options with their projection screen surfaces which comes with special fabrics that suit the needs of home theatre viewing and outdoor event environment. Our main aim is to deliver an enhanced and one-of-a-kind cinematic experience of magnificent visuals that enable you to easily enjoy the depth of your content be it watching a movie at home or presenting high-quality visuals outdoor events. For more information about our products, visit our website: http://luminascreens.com/
- Date - November 18, 2019