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Projectors 101

by Dale Dauterive

1. Screen Size 

One of the first things to know when you leave the world of TV sets behind and step into the world of projectors is that your screen size limits are now -- mostly -- a thing of the past. 

Instead of being limited by TV manufacturing sizes, or the high costs of getting screens over 100 inches, projectors can easily accommodate larger sizes of this nature. If you really want to go big with your home theater, a projector is a great way to go.

2. Projector Types 

There are three main types of projectors you can pick from: Those using a standard lamp, or LED or laser projectors. Lamps do require bulb changing eventually, where LEDs last longer and are quieter. There are also short throw projectors that sit close to the screen instead of across the room, and also can be portable, as well. 

There are a lot of factors that go into each type, so if you are unsure, give us a call! We’d be glad to help you figure out the best projector type for your budget and the scope of your project. 


3. Screen Types 

You have a few different options when it comes to the screen for your projector. Some people are perfectly content projecting on a wall or white space in their house, but there are image quality problems that you’ll run into with that solution.

Instead, it’s best to look for a projector screen, either a fixed-frame screen or a retractable one. If you want your screen to be a permanent fixture as part of your home theater, fixed-frame is the way to go. If you want something that you can hide away when need be, retractable is what you are looking for. The gain, color, and texture of the screen are also important and can impact picture quality, as well. 

4. Other Requirements

There are some other things you should keep in mind. Do you have enough room in your room for the screen? Are you able to completely, or at least partially, darken the room? Do you have enough room to install a projector? Hopefully, the answers all around are yes! 

Projectors aren’t as simple as just getting a device and pointing it at a wall, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning more about them and strongly considering one for your new house or home renovation. If you have more questions about projectors -- or just want help deciding between types -- give us a call today and we’d be glad to share all of our projector expertise with you!