Monday, September 23, 2013

Does A Projector Screen Material/ Fabric Make A Difference In Picture Quality?

When people design their projection environment, selecting the right screen can sometimes be more vital than the projector. The size of the room, the type of presentation and budgetary restraints will often dictate whether the projection screen is a motorized, fixed or pull-down type. However, the actual kind of fabric that the screen is made from can be very important. This is because every projector screen fabric has various properties that set it apart from others. Therefore, choosing the right fabric can be the main difference between a high quality and an average image. Today, there are several types of fabrics that are used in projection screens.
Matte White Projection Fabric

Over 80 percent of all projection screen set-ups utilize matte white screens. This is because it is the most versatile and cheapest
projector screen material available. Its main advantage is that it projects colors vividly without any type of hot spotting while maintaining strong image clarity.

At the same time, it boasts wide viewing angles due to the way it distributes light evenly in a very large area. However, the fabric’s main drawback is that the room’s lighting should be well-controlled to make sure that the image is projected at its best. This fabric is utilized in many situations in order to deliver a quality and strong image.

High Contrast Grey Fabric

High contrast grey fabric is another very common material used in projection screens. This is a very popular projection fabric due to its ability to provide a high resolution-image while improving the depth of blacks. Additionally, it is good at maintaining the quality of lighter colors.

This fabric also has a low gain rating along with a very wide 180 degree viewing angle. However, it should be used in an environment that has low ambient light. This makes it a very solid choice for any home theater enthusiast.


Polyester is another fabric that is often used in projection screens. This is because it is acoustically transparent and has a 5 percent weave that allows sound to easily pass through. Due to this, it is great for people who want to place their speakers behind their projection screen. At the same time, this material is perfect for a fixed frame screen even though it can be safely rolled.

Translucent Gray

This is the great material in situations that does not allow the projection equipment to be placed in front of a screen. Translucent grey also works perfectly with tensioned mounting and bright lighting. Additionally, it can be repeatedly unfolded and folded to make it perfect for portable screens.

This material has components that help provide a clear and natural image. It can also be easily spot cleaned. However, people should not use harsh abrasives that could destroy the material.

Silver Fabric

Silver fabrics can also be used for projection screens. These are highly reflective materials that are perfect for many passive 3D applications while providing high contrast clarity. At the same time, they are great for either tensioned or fixed frame projection screens.

Michael Alvarez has been working in the electronics and technology field for over 20 years.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise of projector screen with others; while continuing to grow his knowledge.

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