Best Home Theater Projector Screen

Best Home Theater Projector Screen

Buying your projector screenDo not compromise on a screen after putting your investment in to the projector; this would be selling yourself short like buying an HDTV, without connecting the cable through HDMI. Article on Buying a Projector Screen: When ordering a projector screen, most screens are “special order”. Get it right the first time to avoid large restocking fees. You’ll want to remember to figure in the width of the frames, and other key factors, or you’ll pay the price… Being one of the leading projector review sites has it’s perks. I’ve had the ability to review several of the best projector screens on the market. Information is great to have, but a lot of it is recycled without hands-on investigation. Below are the projector screens I’ve studied in detail and had the pleasure of using myself. Enjoy!
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Best Home Theater Projector Screen

Tensioned or Non-tensioned Manual Projector ScreensThese are common setups because they are the most inexpensive alternative. Manual projector screens pull down like a window shade when needed and flip back up between uses. Manufacturers have created tensioned models to enhance picture quality and solve the issue of bends and folds in non-tensioned screens. There is a manual screen case, Controlled Screen Return, that stops the projector screen from rolling back too quickly. Article on Projector Screen Terminology: Advice and factors in deciding which projector screen is right for you.
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Best Home Theater Projector Screen

Ambient light, room size, and projector specifications, determine the type of projector screen that will work best for your needs. You can choose from a front projection screen – wall mounted or portable – to a fancy rear projection screen that manual or electric versions. If you are in a classroom, mounting the projector screen over the front whiteboard, would work best. A home theater system would also require mounting, however business projector systems are used for presentations, etc., that require more portability.
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Best Home Theater Projector Screen

Once you buy a projector, you’ll need to find a suitable projector screen that works best with your room size, ambient light, and projector luminosity, to optimize the picture quality for an enhanced visual experience. The resources and information from this page, we hope these articles will help you make the best screen related decisions. Check out our latest Projector Screen Reviews below.
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Best Home Theater Projector Screen

General wisdom suggests that if you’ve got a cheap projector, there’s no point in buying a high-end projection screen. The Silver Ticket projector screen is an exception to that rule in that it’s very good and also very affordable. One of its greatest strengths is its rigidity. If you want a great picture, your screen needs to be flat, and the Silver Ticket fits the bill. Thanks to the quality of the screen material, the distortion-free image also gives an accurate representation of color with no noticeable shift or hot spot to distract the eye. Whether you’ve got a budget projector or premium equipment, this is an excellent choice.
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Best Home Theater Projector Screen

We pulled out far more data from CalMAN than just the numbers presented earlier. Everything is compared to the light directly from our reference projector, the Epson 5020UBe (last year’s pick for Best Projector), calibrated off the lens using an i1Pro Spectrometer. Calibrating directly from the lens prevents the screen or room from interfering with the measurements and shows what the projector can actually do. The RGB balance of the projector can be seen below. What we want is every bar to be at 100 with as little deviation from that as possible. 
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Best Home Theater Projector Screen

As you can see, the Stewart tracks very close to the Epson projector, while the Silver Ticket adds a blue tint to bright images by absorbing some red and green light, but this isn’t really noticeable to the naked eye unless you have the reference screen next to it for a direct comparison. The Designer White, on the other hand, adds a lot of blue that’s easy to see with the naked eye. The screen surfaces are actually changing the image from the projector, so an image that might be accurate out of the projector is no longer accurate once it hits the screen. This is only looking at the grayscale, but similar issues happen with color, as we’ll see.
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Best Home Theater Projector Screen

The Epson Duet projector screen is very popular, but as one owner said, it’s designed more for the “road warrior” than the home cinema. This screen is easy to transport, but because one of the stand legs points backwards, it cannot be situated close to a wall. This won’t be a problem for some professionals, but it could be a challenge at home. Of course, there’s always the option of mounting the Epson Duet on the wall. As there is no support along the top and bottom of the screen, some owners have reported sagging or curling. Few think this is a serious enough problem to spoil their enjoyment, though. Indeed, many owners rate the Epson Duet’s image quality as better than they expected. This is a good “general purpose” projector screen, but it might not be the best choice for those who are fussy about resolution or definition.
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There are cost-effective projector screens, there are quality-built projector screens, and then there’s the cream-of-the-crop Elite Screens ezFrame Series 120″, a screen that stands in a category all its own. Fully-tensioned, acutely honed and tuned to CineGray 5D standards, and complete with Ambient Light Rejecting technology, this is the absolute best projector screen you can get under $1,000 on shelves today.
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This close-up view of the Stewart StudioTek 130 shows sparkles, which add gain. A screen that introduces as little color shifting as possible is ideal.Color accuracy measures how well the screen reflects the colors projected onto it. The makeup of the screen can result in certain colors being absorbed more than others and introduce a tint to the image that isn’t coming from the projector. Many projectors ship with modes that are close to accurate out of the box, but those might no longer be accurate after they hit the screen. A screen that introduces as little color shifting as possible is ideal. The two images below show the same image on two different screen materials. You can easily see the color shifts between the two and the problems a screen can introduce.
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Odd as it may sound, the gray-colored Elite ezFrame projector screen actually reflects more light than is projected onto it, giving it a gain of 1.5. The special coating overcomes the common problem of ambient light spoiling picture quality. In most homes, you’ve got light from the projector as well as ambient light that spills in from other sources. Thanks to its angular particle coating, the Elite ezFrame “rejects” ambient light and absorbs only the light from the projector. The result is much clearer image for the viewer, but it comes at the expense of the viewing angle which, in this case, is only 80 degrees. In use, this is seldom a drawback because most people sit directly in front of the screen (or within a narrow angle of it). As you’d expect from technology this advanced, the Elite ezFrame is suitable for 4D Ultra HD as well as Active and Passive 3D.
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This electric screen is a great example of the features you can get at the high end of the market. The Visual Apex VAPEX 9106SE can be synced to roll up and down in line with your projector's power cycles, provided you have a compatible unit. In other words, when you turn your projector on, the screen automatically will descend, adding a serious touch of class to your home theater setup (it also saves you from having to put the screen back up if you want to use the room for something other than watching Netflix).
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You get a matte white projector screen with a black masking border, and once wall mounting is out of the way, operation is simple — pull down the screen and it locks into place. This screen is easy to set up and durable in use, but bear in mind that the overall feel is more schoolroom than home theater. But if price is an important consideration, the PRJSM7206 is a great value. The screen comes in a range of sizes as well as standing and tripod versions, so you should theoretically be able to use it in just about any situation you care to name. This is far from our top choice, but for those on a budget, it’s well worth taking a closer look at, especially if you just need a simple screen for a home or office setup. See the Pyle PRJSM7206
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For a dedicated theater, a fixed screen is a great way to go For all of the different models and glossy, oh-so-sexy product shots that you might see on websites, there are basically only two different styles of screens: fixed and retractable. A fixed screen stays on the wall all the time in a solid frame that has the screen material attached to it. It stretches to the frame, usually attaching by snaps, though sometimes it uses a hook-and-loop system. (It could also be a giant piece of glass material, but more on that later.) A retractable screen raises and lowers into a case on a roller. There are some manual screens – like what your science teacher used to pull down right before showing you some edutainment like, “DNA and You! What you need to know about the mysterious chain of life!”—but typically home theater projectors are motorized. There are certainly quality differences among both categories, but when it comes down to selecting a screen for your theater, this is the first decision that you’ll need to make.