What Are The Best Affordable Projector Screen For Home Cinema?
Yes there are a lot of options available. You can always find a guide about a different type of projector screens. There are screens that will cost you less than $100. A good quality projector also costs reasonable and you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars if the price is your main concern.
A home theater system is just like a sweet juice. It will become sweeter if you add more sugar to it, or less sweet if you put less amount of sugar in it and that sugar is your cost. If you can afford, you may buy additional elements for your screen, which will surely cost you a lot of money.
Let us discuss cost for your home theater system. To add up to your home theater, you can buy some lavish sofas for you. Another thing to add is thick dark curtains for your windows to block any light coming from outside. If you want a better experience, buy everything in the room in black color and this will surely increase your cost to some thousand dollars.
Otherwise, go simply for a screen and a projector, and you will be left with a good theater at an economical price.
How far should I sit from my projector screen?
Well this question is a bit debatable. We had answered in detail in the section where we discussed the size of the screen.
To remind, your minimum sitting distance from the screen should be 1.5x the width of your screen. So if your screen is 10 feet wide, you need to sit at least 15 feet away from it. If you sit too near, you will lose sight of the whole picture and maybe looking right and left all the time.
For maximum distance, it is recommended to sit 4x the width of your projector.
So for a 10 feet wide screen, you must sit less than 40 feet away from it. Sitting that much away will let you lose sight of the environment and you will lose clarity of the image.
These were the minimum and maximum distances, you can sit at any distance between them.
How high should I hang the projector screen?
This question is often ignored despite the fact that it is the most important point for setting a projector screen.
Experts recommend that if you have multiple rows, then the bottom of the screen must be about 3 to 4 feet above the ground given that the floor is level on both points.
If your theater has just 1 or 2 rows, then the bottom of the screen should be around 2 to 3 feet above the ground. This will give those sitting on the front, a perfect view of the image on the screen.
This not only maintains the vantage point of the screen for those sitting on the back, but also gives the most comfortable visual position to the audience.
One thing to note is to remove all barriers available in the room and remove them. This is to make sure that the bottom of the screen will be visible to all viewers irrespective of their sitting position.
Thus, take care of this aspect before fixing your screen as it is difficult to move a screen’s position once it gets fixed.
Why Roll-up Projector Screen Is Not So Good?
Well, this question itself answers a lot of questions.
Roll up screens are not a good option to purchase. These include both manual and electric screens. You must avoid buying them unless they are tab tensioned.
Now the question is why this is so?
It is because roll-up screens develop waves in the fabric, of regularly rolling them up and down. It is not one time process, rather is a continuous process and takes up to 1 year.
The waves are easily visible and they distract the viewer from the original image.
Even if you buy a screen that is less in price, you don’t want to end up with one that develops waves to sabotage your entertainment.
This phenomenon is more annoying if you spend a lot on your screen, say 1000 dollars, and then the screen remains a headache every time you need to use it.
One can’t ignore scars or waves on the screen when watching a full HD high-quality movie.
Is there any solution? Yes there is, there is no any problem for which we don’t have a solution.
Roll up screens are very helpful especially if they are electric. They are used widely in offices, schools and other areas for professional usage.
There must be some sort of solution that will help you to get rid of these waves. This tech is called tab tensioning and the screens having this tech are called tab tensioned screens.
So let us discuss tab tensioning in detail.
A tab tensioned screen is held tight with the help of a system of tabs.
You can see them on the side of the screen as these tabs are held together by a firm wire. It threads through each of them to provide the necessary support.
What this tab system do is to prevent the screen from rolling completely. It keeps the screen flat even when you roll the screen up and store it in the headbox. It is done by not rolling the screen entirely, rather just roll individual tabs.
When you roll down the screen, the screen is stretched on the tab part with the help of a firm wire. Hence, no waves are developed in it.
A tab-tensioned screen is a great option if you need to roll-up screens. You can move a roll-up screen from one place to another easily and can actually use the same wall for more than one purpose. It also lets you use the same room for other purposes rather than it looking just a theater room.
So if you ever need to buy a roll up and down the screen, but one that is tab tensioned.
Elite Screens make these type of screens at reasonable prices.
However, these screens cost a lot more than simple manual or motorized screens. This is because the tensioning system requires so much effort. But again, it is a one-time investment. The life of your screen increases from 1 year to many years.