Which Projector Screen should I buy for Home Theater?
You are in the market for a home theater projector screen. You should ask yourself a few questions first. How much do I want to spend on a screen? How far is the seating area from the projector screen? What kind of screen do I want fixed, manual pull down or electric? Can the light in your theater be controlled? What is the native aspect ratio of the projector? What is the lumens of the projector? What is the contrast ratio of the projector? On this page we will outline our top sellers and we will talk about Al's picks. Who's Al? Al has is the President and founder of HTmarket.com. He got his first projector screen for home theater in 1996 it was a Dalite Cosmopolitan Electrol 16:9 106" diagonal matte white with tensioning system. The screen surfaces have changed a bit since then but many of the same decision points need to be explored in the purchase of your new screen.
You can see our Projector screen guide to help with the questions above. Once you have decided on your screen you can take a look at our top sellers here and Al's top picks by category of screen. We will divide our top sellers by Fixed Projector Screens, Manual Pull Down Projection Screens, and Electric Projection Screens.
Fixed Projector Screens:
Elite Sable Frame Screen
Elite EzFrame Projection
Grandview Prestige Projector Screen
Dalite Perm Wall Projector Screen
Budget $500 to $1500
Dalite Cinema Contour Projector Screen
Dalite Imager Projection Screen
Lunette Fixed Frame Curved for 2:35 to 1
Budget $1500 and up
Stewart Luxus Deluxe Screenwall
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Stewart Cinecurve for 2:35 to 1 Aspect Ratio
Manual Pull Down Screens:
These are primarily a budget screen.
Elite Manual Pull Down Screen 16:9
Dalite Model B
Dalite Model C
Electric Projection Screen:
Elite Electric Spectrum Series
$500 to $1000
Elite Cinetension Projector Screen
$1000 and up
Dalite Tension Cosmopolitan Electrol
Stewart Visionary Electric Screen
I sat down with Al to ask him his top picks by category of screen. I first asked him about screens for folks on a budget for less than $500.
For less than $500, Al said the best screen to buy is the Elite Sable Frame Screen for fixed screens and for electric either the Electric Spectrum Series if you really low on dollars and if you have a few more dollars go with the Elite Cinetension Screen.
For budgets between $500 and $1500, Al suggested the Dalite Cinema Contour Screen and the Cosmoplitan Electrol Screen either with tensioning or without depending on budget.
For budgets of $1500 on up, he suggested that the Stewart Luxus Deluxe Screenwall was the best fixed screen on the market preferably with Studiotek 130 G3 fabric and the Stewart Visionary Electric the best recessed screen.
I asked him about screen fabrics. He recommended matte white for any of the lower priced screens and thinks a grey screen muddies the picture too much. He believes grey screens make the white levels look grey. He thinks the grey screen was great a few years back when contrast ratio was a problem on digital projectors. He believes that a matte white screen is fine for today's robust technology. In the higher end screens, he believes that a 1.3 gain using Cinemavision in the Dalite fabrics is very good and the studiotek 130 G3 is the best screen surface for the Stewart brand. He did say that there are exceptions to this based on lumens and room situations. If you have questions, contact an HTmarket.com sales consultant.