Which Type of Projector Screen Do I Need?
Most people, when setting up a home theatre projector system, focus simply on the projector and do not give much thought to the type of screen required, which often results in an unpleasant viewing experience. While projecting images onto a wall results in much of the light being absorbed by the wall, a projector is especially designed to maximize the image quality, contrast and sharpness by returning most of the projected light back to the audience.
There are various types of screens available in the market these days, all of which are designed to suit individual needs. The one that will work for you depends on several factors such as the projector format, screen gain, size availability etc. It is, therefore, extremely important to do a thorough research and choose a screen that will give you the best value for money.
Types of Projector Screens
Manual Projector Screens: These types of screens are very similar to window shades, which can be pulled down when required and retracted back into the shell with a simple push. Manual screens are inexpensive, easy to install and simple to use.
Electric projector screens: Also known as motorized projector screens, electric screens work in similar fashion to a manual screen with the only difference being that instead of manually pulling them down the work is done by an electric motor. The stop/start button may be located near the electric projector screens or can also be done remotely, depending on the setup you choose. Motorized screens are costlier than fixed screens.
Portable Projector Screens: Portable projection screens are perfect for people who wish to carry their projectors to meetings and conferences. When choosing to buy this type of projector, it is extremely important to keep the screen case length in mind as it can add a good deal to the screen size. The portable screens are generally available in floor, tripod and tabletop screen variants.
Rear Projector Screens: These screens are generally based on rear projection techniques. In a rear projection screen, the projector is placed at the back of the screen and the images are projected through the screen for the audience to see. These types of screens are seen in theatres or stage performances where people are expected to walk in front of the screen frequently.
Fixed Projector Screen: Permanent or fixed screens are among the more costly options available. As the name suggests, permanent screens cannot be retracted when not in use and are thus seen in places that are designated as dedicated home theatre rooms.