Home Theater Projector Screens
Screen Surface Types
Home Theater Projector Screens come in a variety of surface finishes. The type of surface finish you will need depends upon your projector model. Screen surfaces vary from matte white, slightly silver or gray-ish, to reflective glass beaded models. Glass beaded models increase the effective brightness of your projector's image similar to the way a highway sign reflects car headlights. Lower lumen-level projectors such as CRT models benefit most from higher reflectivity (or GAIN) of a screen's surface. The reflective nature of the surface increases the perceived brightness of the projected image. Conversely - a brighter projector looks best with a matte white or even a silver/gray surface. That is because the glass beads tend to "splatter" the light waves produced by a bright, high lumen output projector. A silver/gray surface will also enhance the perceived contrast level of LCD projectors which do not have the best contrast/black levels. So first you must decide the type and lumen output of the projector you are purchasing and that will help determine the surface type of the video projector screen you will need.
Home Theater Projection screens come in three basic styles - manual pull-down, electric and fixed varieties. Manual pull-down models are operated much like a window shade. Electric models have a motorized mechanism that does the work for you and fixed screens are motionless and stay right where you place them. For more information on the different types of screens please refer to projector screens.
There is another factor to consider when shopping for a screen - that of the screen's aspect ratio.
The aspect ratio of your screen is an important decision to make prior to its purchase. That's because of the fact that once you buy it there's no way to change the aspect ratio - other than by masking portions of the screen. You can mask the surface with material of sorts or curtains if you want to get creative.
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