What kind of screen is right for your home theater? Many different options abound, but the first question you need to ask yourself is how much space you have. The size of your room is going to dictate the size of your projector, your screen and how much space you have for seating. A professional can help you make sure your measurements are correct and you are on the right track.
If you don’t have the space to dedicate a room in your house to a theater full time, you might want to consider an electric screen. Electric screens can be rolled up when you’re not using them, so members of your family using the room for other activities don’t have to worry about hitting it with a Nerf ball.
Once you have the size down, you’ll want to consider what type of screen will work best in your space. If your home theater shares space in your basement with a pool table, bar or any other area with ambient lighting, it’s going to affect your picture. If this is your situation, you’re going to want a screen specially designed to function in a room with ambient lighting. These screens have a higher resolution so that your picture won’t look faded.
Big movie buffs love anamorphic widescreen, which allows you to watch movies in their original widescreen format without those black bars running at the top and bottom of the screen, and without cutting off the edges of the picture to force the film to conform to a certain size. But maybe you won’t always use your home theater for watching movies. Maybe you want to watch a football game, or maybe you just want to watch Oprah sometimes. In that case, screen masking is for you. Screen masking allows the screen to change size, either horizontally or vertically, to fit the programming.
Acoustically transparent screens are super fun because the speakers are mounted behind the screen, which allows the sound to come right through it for a true movie theater experience. Going a step further is the curved screen, which really immerses you and your guests in the movie, bringing a depth to the picture that’s impossible to get with a flat screen. Curved screens can also be anamorphic or acoustically transparent, so you can have the best of all worlds.
If you have your eye on the future and are thinking about upgrading to a 4K projector, 4K screens are available, and they work with regular HD projectors as well. Don’t know what 4K is? It’s four times as much detail as regular HD. You’ll be able to see things you could never see in real life!
Contact the experts at TYM to help you decide which type of home theater screen is perfect for you!