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Home Theater Projector Screen Guide

HTmarket.com carries a large selection of home theater projector screens from popular brands like Elite, DaLite, Stewart, Draper, and Grandview. Projector Screens are available with a variety of options, from screen material to screen size to help optimize your projector image quality. When deciding on a projector screen it is important to consider some important factors, like which projector will I be using and how much ambient light enters the room. When deciding on a screen size, many projectors have recommendations for the image size that they can project from a given distance without losing image quality. Ambient light is another factor that can effect image quality, choosing the correct screen material is one way to offset this deficiency. If you have any questions about projector screens, call 1-888-764-9273 and one of our sales associates will be happy to help.

Note: Before deciding on a projector screen, it is recommended that you first decide on a projector. Learn about Home Theater Projectors


Projector Screen Aspect Ratios
Get to know how to choose the correct aspect ration for your projector screen through this insightful video by HTmarket.com, which shows how you can your screen to your home theater room.
Projection Screen Style Selection
Choosing the correct style of projector screen is brought to light in this video. You can choose fixed, manual or electric screens that have many options. Watch and learn.
Projector Screen Size Calculator
Learn how to choose the proper projector screen size by using simple formulas and common sense. Watch the video and learn how.
Projector Screen Gain
Choosing the correct projector screen surface with the proper gain and angle of view is tricky. Our Professor sheds light on this topic in our informative video.

Types of Screens

Choosing the proper mounting option for your application is the first process you should consider when buying a home theater projector screen. There are three types of mounting options that we recommend for the home theater - Manual, Fixed Frame, and Electric projector screens.

  1. Manual Projector Screens
    Most economical choice, requires the screen to be manually pulled to display the viewing surface.
  2. Fixed Frame Projector Screens
    Fixed frame projector screens are highly recommended for dedicated home theater rooms. A fixed frame projector screen is permanently tensioned and gives a flat viewing surface installed in a fixed location.
  3. Electric Projector Screens
    Most elegant and expensive style of screen. Can be used with an IR remote or Screen Trigger Interface to raise and lower the screen. A custom casing can conceal the projector screen.
  4. Projector Screen Considerations
    Some other features to be considered when buying a home theater screen are designer casing, tab tension versus non tension, adjustable masking borders, and more.

Projector Screen Characteristics

  • Screen Gain
    A relative measure of a screen's reflectivity. A higher screen gain will increase the screens brightness, hence the white areas of an image will appear brighter.
  • Projector Screen Size
    The main thing to consider is the size of the room and the setting when determining which size projector screen to buy. You want to buy a screen that is appropriate for your application and won't overwhelm your audience. Another important factor is the capabilities of your projector. Projectors are limited to the size of image that they can display without losing quality. Ideally, the screen size should occupy a minimum of a 30° field of view for the audience. The rule of thumb is to use a screen height that is approximately one third the distance from the screen to the audience seating.
  • Projector Screen Material
    Choosing the correct projector screen material is essential for displaying the optimum picture quality. Seating configuration, projector model and type as well as ambient light are all factors that must be considered. Screen Material is made in a variety of shades and textures to accommodate the output qualities for all of the various DLP and LCD projectors on the market today. Each of our projector screen manufactures offers different projector screen material, click on the links above to help explain some different screen materials and the benefits they offer.
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