Some may wonder what is the reason for buying a projector screen. A lot of people are convinced that just a white wall is enough for watching movies.
And if you try this, you will see that detail, contrast, and colour fidelity do not let you see a good picture even if everything is set up right. The paint that is normally used for walls is not intended to reflect light in an even way. So, even if the wall surface is super smooth, it will not work as you could expect. There are no methods to make it better unless you buy a projector screen. The first thing worth mentioning is that such a unit isn’t very expensive and there are pretty affordable models on the market.
How to choose a projector screen
Initially, you have to decide how big the screen should be. Usually, it depends on how much space you have, however, a typical size is from 96 to 120 inches. It’s a nice idea to choose the biggest screen that will fit in the available space but do not forget to check if the picture will be seen from any part of the room where sitting places are. The size should not be huge if you do not want to actively move your eyes during the whole movie in order to see the full picture. Distance from the screen is also an important thing to consider. For this, use a very simple formula: Image width x Throw ratio = Distance from screen. The first figure is the width of the image not the diagonal.
The type of screen also matters. Are you planning to fix the unit on the wall or you would like to roll it up when nobody is watching anything? It often depends on what room the screen is going to be used. If you decided to turn one of the rooms in your house into a home cinema, then just the fixed model would be a better choice. However, if the screen will be used in a multi-use space, the roll-up option is more suitable.
How much gain is needed?
Usually, projector screens are while, however, there are other options available. For example, black and grey models can be found. To make the right choice, you have to know that the darker screens are intended for use in rooms with a lot of light. Another thing important to consider is gain. The higher this figure, the brighter the room should be.