When is the best time to consider replacing your projector screen? The best way to tell is when the image quality is deteriorating, the size or style of the room is changing, or you have different content available.
Over the years the surface may have been damaged or written on because many are made with vinyl. The chemicals that are used to make projector screens start to leach out, and this causes the surface to become blotchy and sticky which then results in the attraction of dirt and dust. Finally, it will start to stick to itself as it is rolled up and may not come down completely the next time you go to use it.
Here are some things to consider when shopping around for a new screen:
There is new screen manufacturing technology available in the past few years that can dramatically affect the image. New surfaces can reject ambient light. Grey screens that increase gain and surfaces that help with color reproduction. With projectors able to reproduce more and more colors. Your screen should not affect the original colors. Older screens can influence the image color. Some screen manufactures add blue tints to the screen surface to make it appear brighter. You don’t want an old screen to affect the color purity of your new image.
With the advance in Projector Technology from 1080P thru 4K, we are pushing more pixels into the image which means sharper and more accurate images. As projector quality increases, more pixels are added, brightness increases, contrast increases, and more colors that are able to be reproduced all make a great image.
The size and weight of today’s screens have been upgraded as well. The cases are smaller and lighter and fit in a smaller area above the ceiling. Also, the new frame designs look like a flat panel but come in much larger sizes.
New projector display means different ratios. Depending on how long it’s been since the screen was installed it is best to match the aspect ratios of the screen to the native resolution and projector so you fill the entire screen with a nice bright image and no black bars. You will be able to display the image in its native resolution and the projector doesn’t have to work harder interpolating the video signal to an old nonnative aspect ratio.
It may be time to get a new screen as well, and it probably will be worth the dollar investment to be able to get the most out of your new projector.
So, don’t waste money you just spent on the new projector. Show off the money you just spent on the new projector. Show off your new technology and get the most from it with a new properly sized screen and correct surface screen.