To maximize the enjoyment of your viewing experience, you will need a good quality projector screen. There are many models and types available, and you will need to do some research and select the best solution for you. Much will depend on the space you have available and whether the projector screen will be permanently in situation, or dismantled after each viewing. In a domestic situation you may not want the inconvenience of a tripod with a screen standing in the sitting room. There are options available for mounting the screen on the ceiling which can be pulled down when required. High end projector screens have a 12v motor which is activated as soon as the projector is switched on. As with other purchases, there will be budgetary considerations and a floor mounted projector screen is an economical option. There are also fixed frame projector screens and some of these can be quite attractive nowadays.
If you are lucky enough to have a home cinema, then a fixed projector screen may be the best answer for you. Research has shown that permanent screens provide better surfaces for the pictures to be projected on to and are therefore easier on the eye. A floor mounted screen may not provide a screen taut enough or flat enough for easy viewing. However, the advantage of this type of projector screen is that you can simply roll it up and put it away when you have finished with it.
In addition to the affordability and practicality of a projector screen, you will need to consider the type of viewing you will be doing. There are three standard projection screen aspect ratios – 4:3, 16:9 and 21:9. The 4:3 ratio of screen has been round since the 1950’s. This means that for every 4 units wide, the picture is 3 units high. The 16:9 format used for most HDTV is rectangular and makes the 4:3 version look almost square. The extra wide format of 2.35:1 may be too large for most household rooms. If you are watching a lot of high definition movies, then the old fashioned 4:3 ratio will not be suitable for you and you should look for a projector screen which is at least 16:9. In fact, 16:9 is the most used in home movies situations. Each format has its own benefits and drawbacks and you will need to decide the best option for you.
The key criteria when selecting a projector screen are, then, the room size, whether it is temporary or permanent installation, your budget, the frequency of use of the equipment and how much of a perfectionist you are in wanting a high quality viewing experience. If you want the projector screen to be unobtrusive, you may end up paying more for a ceiling mounted motorized version. If you are on a limited budget, a free standing tripod may be the answer for you. Whichever projector screen you finally select, it should be fit for purpose and provide you with a good viewing experience.