Choosing a video projection screen
(Re)discover previous article: Setting-Up Your Video Projector
Using a white wall as a video projector screen seems tempting for many Home Theater fans. This solution is simple and cheap provided that your wall is perfectly smooth, clean and enhances the quality of your video projector’s display.
If your white wall doesn’t fulfill all these conditions or it simply isn’t white, here are some take-away tips that we tailored specially for you:
Video Projection Screen Composition
Most video projection screens are made of PVC or fiberglass.
PVC screens (or polyvinyl chloride to be more exact [plastic-like material to be less exact]) are relatively cheap and light thanks to their structure. Where’s the catch? The screen becomes slack over the time and is sensitive to changes in the temperature as well. As a result, you should avoid placing it close to the heat sources such as radiators. Nonetheless, this type of screen is the only one to be of M1 fire resistant covering.
Fiberglass screens never have creases and don’t curl. They last much longer and are completely impermeable to light thanks to their unique 3-layer composition. Yet, they are quite heavy and unsuitable for big rooms like amphitheaters or auditoriums. What’s more, they are sensitive to moisture.
Format and size
The most common and adapted screen format for Home Theaters is 16:9.
The optimum size depends on room’s surface and the use of the video projector. On average, movie theater fans choose screens between 180 and 250cm (70’ to 100’) in length and 140 to 180 cm (55 to 70 inches) in height.
Types of projection screens
There are 2 main kinds of projection screens:
1 Fixed frame - screen is attached to the wall (just like a painting)
2 Retracted (Manual or electric):
2.1 Tripod - mobile screen, used at trade shows, during conferences, etc.
2.2 Floor rising, portable screen, pulled up from its case
2.3 Wall and Ceiling - practical and aesthetic. Allows your living room stay a living room.
2.3.1 Built-In screen - even more discreet and practical, concealed in the suspended ceiling
Home Theater users and professionals love smart and elegant solutions. That’s why they opt for built-in screens. On of them is Concept Built-In Electrol screen designed by AV Concept Products.