The Guide To Home Cinema Projection Screens
With so many different projection screens to choose from, viewing the big screen at home is easier than ever. A projector-based home theater system is the best way to enjoy a big-screen movie at home. If you have (or plan to buy) a front projector for watching movies on a large screen, we recommend adding a projector screen for the best image quality. Fixed frame projection screens are highly recommended for dedicated home theater rooms.
Portable screens are always the best option, and for a permanent home theater or business setup, you need a dedicated screen to get the most out of your projector purchase. Depending on your home setup, needs, and budget, you can choose between a portable projector screen or one that requires wall or ceiling mounting.
You will need to set up the projector for each use and your main viewing area will not have the polished look of an installation. Consider a fixed option if you plan on using your home projector regularly (imagine a large-screen TV instead). In a dedicated home theater room, it's better to use the fixed option because the screen is always ready to view and stretched enough to provide a smooth and flat surface for the projector's image.
For fixed-bezel displays, the projector can be placed in a recess behind the screen, isolated from the auditorium or viewing space. You should be able to hide the screen when the projector is not in use. It is important to ensure that the projector fills the screen from the intended position.
To do this, you need to choose the right screen for the projector and the room. To achieve the best projection, you not only need a good projector, but also a good projection screen. We believe that the best projector screens available today are automated, easy to set up and use and guarantee a certain level of image quality. The reality is that choosing the best home theater projector screen isn't easy; there are many variables to consider besides price and don't assume the more expensive ones will work best in your particular room.
In our projector buying guide, we've also put together the top tips for choosing the right projector. If you're new to projection, you'll learn everything you need to know about buying a home theater projector and screen in our two-part home theater buying guide. If you're starting from scratch, check out our projector buying guide to find the right projector for your screen.
For a more in-depth guide to buying the perfect screen for home, business, or any other purpose, check out our complete Projector Points Projector Screen Tips. We hope we were able to provide you with some basic selection criteria to help you choose the right projection screen for your needs.
By pairing the right home theater projection screen with a projector, you can take your movie viewing experience from good to truly cinematic. If you want to fully appreciate the 4Kor 8K resolution and image quality of your new home theater projector, you'll want to invest in an equally stunning and high-quality projection screen for your cinema. Home theater projectors require an appropriate screen surface to provide the best results, and a projector screen will allow your low-cost home entertainment device to perform the way you want it to.
Over the past decade, home theater projector screens have evolved significantly to keep pace with changes in projection technology, the use of projectors in rooms with variable ambient lighting, and the advent of 4K and 8K content. Many projection screens are also specifically designed to increase contrast or otherwise improve image quality, which can be very useful in rooms with lots of ambient light or other restrictions.
When choosing a screen size, many projectors recommend an image size that they can project from a certain distance without losing image quality. Depending on how you install the lamp and the distance between the lamp and the screen, most projectors have a wide range of potential screen sizes, from 30 to 300 inches. You should make sure that the screen size you choose is within the safe range specified in your projector's specifications. When it comes to choosing the right size for your room, it's important to consider the height and width of the space you want to use for your screen.
While it's tempting to get the biggest screen that fits the available space, just make sure you can see the bottom edge of the screen from anywhere you sit. If you need a big screen in a small space, you need to look for a projector with a short focal length, which often means spending a little more money. If you have a 2.6m wide screen and a projector with a throw ratio of 1.3, you will need to place the projector 3.38m from the screen. If you have a 4K Ultra HD projector, you can sit at a distance equal to the diagonal of the screen.
When you combine the cost of the screen and projector, you can't beat the cost per inch of projected image compared to the largest TV you can find. Forget the obvious: if you can afford the DLA-NX9 projector, you probably won't have a problem buying a big screen. You choose your screen in advance so you know which projector you'll be using; erring on the side of oversized is your safest bet.
You will likely need to perform image alignment and adjustments to get the image from your projector to the correct size and centered on the screen. Therefore, to achieve the best projection result, it makes sense to select a screen size that is best suited for the intended use and matches your projector's native aspect ratio.
A cheaper option that requires manually pulling the screen to view the display surface. We've spent 90 hours building (and drawing) the screens, observing their contents, measuring the image quality, and comparing them to each other - and we're confident that the Silver Ticket is the best projector screen for most people.