A retractable projector screen is a good option for those looking to buy a
projector screen as you can roll up into a metal casing when not in use.
This allows for easier portability, and can keep the viewing area safe from
harm. There are both pull-down and motorized projection screens, and in
this article I will go into some of the commons questions asked by those
purchasing a retractable projection screen.
How can I save money on a retractable screen?
Retractable manual screens are typically much cheaper than electric ones.
While there are some exceptions, you will typically pay a large premium for
electric screens. The effect of an electric screen rolling down in front of
everyone can be exhilarating, but if your goal is getting a cheap projector
screen look at a manual screen first.
What is with the different material colors?
The projector screen material typically comes in several different shades,
and this is to accommodate different viewing angles, and ambient light
situations. You will need to look at the manufacturers specifications for
this, as different screen surfaces are used. A good all around color is
matte white providing a large viewing angle, and a decent handling of
Do I need to have a tensioned screen?
Some projection screens have a mechanism for tensioning with tabs on the
side of the screen. What tensioning does is ensure the screen is completely
flat which ensures a good picture. In most cases it is unnecessary to have
a tab-tensioned screen, and a quality screen will have enough weight
attached to the bottom of the screen to hang flat on its own.
Does the black border make a difference?
The black border enhances the quality of the image, and is especially
important if you will be using the screen as a home theater projector
screen. The reason for this is two-fold, the black border can absorbs
excess light on the edges of the image making it less noticeable, and
improves the perceived contrast of the image. This should be made of light
absorbent fabric on all sides, not metal, to be most effective.
What screen ratio should I choose?
The ratio for a HDTV projection screen should be 16:9. For a normal
definition projection the ratio is typically 4:3, but in some cases 1:1.
This will have a large image on the viewing experience as large gaps of
white above and below, or at the sides of the image will definitely detract
from the viewing experience.
If you would like more information about a retractable projector screen or
the best value when looking to buy a projector screen please visit the HD projector screens page which can be found at http://hdtvprojectorscreen.com/ .
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