For those new to home cinema choosing the correct projection screen can be a major hassle, problems deciding because some sellers, sell, high gain screens, some use daiganol sizes and some use width, some add VAT after the purchase and some include it, all the can make it a bit of minefield to those who are unsure, i hope from this basic guide you find it easier to decide on the sort you is most suitable for you.
It is important that you check how big the casing is on any screen which you may decide to purchase, we very often find people assuming the width of the screen means the width of the case, with any screen this is unlikely to be the case, check the item description and it should show the case size.
Also if you have mounted your projector already you should check the size of the picture you can get, as this can vary very much with different types of projectors and will be based on the zoom capabilities of the projector as well as the distance of the projector from the screen.
For most household living rooms i would suggest an average size of between 1.8-2.4m in width, althoguh it is down to your personal preference as well, of course.
When purchasing remember to carefully check the description NOT JUST the title, as different sellers use different measuring formats, some use width other use diaganol, some may even use the case size.
High Gain(Glass Bead) or Matt White
Generally MW is the cheapest type of sceen and also the most versatile for use with any projector and in most situations.
I would suggest not using glass bead or high gain screens with high lumen projector (ie 2000 lumens+), if you do you will probably find that you get a brighter picture in the middle of the screen(called a hotspot) than at the edges, specialy with larger size screens, but as we generally do not sell high gain screens on our standard version perhaps check with a sellers who specialises in this type of product with your own specific requirements.
Who to Order From
This is of course down to you, the buyer, choose your seller, check their feedback and purchase, remember if you are using paypal you are fully protected, so don't be to scared about ordering online as you can claim you paypal money back if the order does not arrive in satisfactory condition.
It is always best to order from someone within the UK, to have projector screens sent from outside the country is always a bit of risk, delivery time will always be at least days and you also run the risk of receiving damaged goods, we tend get about 10% damage when sending outside the UK, also check with the seller which courier they use, some are better than others, from previous experience, DO NOT go anywhere near Amtrak.
Also remember and check with the seller if they expect you to add VAT at the end of the auction, as this can sometimes surprise and annoy people, we do charge VAT at the end with most of our projector screen auctions.
Different Projector Screens
Tab Tension Projector Screen - A tab tension screen is suitable for use in most situations, the screen has tabs along the edge of it on both side, which a rope goes through, the aim being to pull the screen perfectly tight so you get no wrinkles or waving in the screen fabric at all, making these screens give the best possible picture you should expect from a projection screen.
Manual Projector Screen - A manual screen is usually pulled down use a cord fixed to the bottom of the screen, you should be able to pull the screen to any length you desire and then lock it into place, handy if you do not wish to go to the expense of a remote screen, or if you do not have access to a power point near to where you are mounting your screen.
Tripod Projector Screen - The screen is usually best for presentation purposes as it can be easily folded away and packed up, so can be moved around as much as required, these screens are not the best for home cinema as they can often have waving in the material which will effect the quality of your picture.
Rear Projection Screen - Can be used in any situation, allows you to mount the projector behind the screen, good in clubs or situations where people could get in the way when the projector is mounted in front.
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