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Confused about what to look for when buying a projector screen, or the size you need.

There are so many types of projector screens on the market, that have a varied price range, Which makes it It difficult to choose the right one.The below information, will give you information on what to look for when buying a screen, as well as the right screen for your room

There are two main types of home cinema projector screens, permanent and retractable.

More dedicated cinema rooms tend to have a permanent fixed frame screen. This is often in the form of an aluminium frame with the material stretched behind it. A good fixed frame screen will have a black velvet finish on the frame to absorb any light overlapping the picture. The main benefits of a fixed screen is that it gives you the flattest possible projection surface with the material being pulled equally from all sides.

Grandview Cyber Electric Home  Cinema Projector Screens
Cyber Fixed Frame Projector Screens

There are a couple of things to look for when buying a fixed frame screen. One is how the material is mounted to the frame. Some manufactures use Velcro, which makes the installation very easy, but you will get light leakage if the material is not put on perfectly, and the material won’t be as tought as it should be. Some other manufacturers just use pop studs which makes the screen tought, but you will notice that you will get light leakage in between each of the pop studs.

The cyber range of projector screens uses pop studs as well as steel bars which are inserted into a looped seem that runs round the edge of the material. The bars are then stretched and fixed behind the pop studs, causing the material to be pulled evenly from all four sides, making the material very tought and shows no light leakage.

Another important factor is the gain and finish of material. We cover this towards the end of the page.

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Cyber Pull Down Projector Screens

Other types of screens are retractable, either manual pull down screens or electric projector screens.

The entry level screen from Grandview Cyber is their pull down screen. The most important aspect of any screen design is the material. With a retractable screen, if the material is to thin and stretchy the weighted bar can bend slightly causing diagonal creases. It can also develop ripples particularly towards the edges. This will show up when watching a light part of a film. Grandview Cyber screens use 3 layers of material bonded together, this results in a very rigid flat projection surface. The rear layer of material is a black vinyl which allows the screen to be placed in front of a window without any light effecting the image. A good quality screen like this one would start from around £259.The cyber screen is one of the flattest non tab tensioned on the market.

Most pull down screens have the same mechanism as a roller blind. As in it retracts really quickly, and only has a few stopping points. The Cyber series manual pull down screen has a slow retract mechanism. A unique gear system prevents the screen bar from hitting the case by slowing the screen and gently retracting it into position. The system also allows the user to pull the screen down, briefly pause and the screen will lock into the desired position.

The Cyber screens use 2 small brackets that fit to the wall or ceiling anywhere along the length of the case. This makes the install very easy as well as it sits very close to the wall/ceiling.

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Cyber Electric Projector Screens

Next are the electric screens. There are so many types on the market, and choosing the right one, depends on budget and your room.

The Grandview Cyber range of screens give the best value for money, their most popular being the standard Cyber electric drop down screen. It uses exactly the same 3 ply screen material as the pull down screen so lies ultra flat.

All The Cyber series of electric screens have a built in Infra-red eye and remote. If the screen is hidden behind a pelmet which blocks the IR window, you can use the included plug in external IR eye. The screen also has 12volt projector trigger which means that when the projector is turned on the screen automatically comes down. You will need a projector with a 12volt trigger output and a thin 2 core cable running from the projector to the screen.

All of the Cyber range of screens uses Somfy motors which are used by all high end manufacturers, the same motors found in the likes of Dalite and Stuart cinema screens. All electric projector screens can be adjusted so that the drop can start or finish at any point. This is done by the alan key provided.

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Cyber Tab Tensioned Projector Screens

The next step up which is a more expensive option is the Tab tensioned screen.

The material is much softer and pliable than the normal electric screen. This is so it can be stretched out flat, not only by the weighted bar but also pulled at the sides by the tensioning string. The flexible nature of the material means it alters size slightly depending on temperature, so the tension of the string can be adjusted. With just a slight amount of tension the material will sit lovely and flat.

This uses exactly the same mounting mechanism as the electric and pull down screen as well as having Somfy Motors.

All of the screens have exceptional large black borders. Most manufacturers only give 30cm of black border where as the Cyber range give as much as they can fit in the case. i.e. 6ft electric has a 85cm of black border which can be adjusted.

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Cyber In Ceiling Projector Screens

If your installing in a room whereby you don’t want anything on show, and want the screen to be hidden, then the only option is to go for an in ceiling screen. This can only be done if your beams are running in the right direction.

The in ceiling screen has a motorised trap door mechanism which makes the screen the perfect descreet option for projection.

It also has exactly the same 3ply screen material as the other electric screens, and built in IR and 12 volt trigger.

It uses an unusually quiet operation due to the unique way that the motor section of the housing is separated from the ceiling section of the housing by a rubber seal. This stops any vibration travelling through into the ceiling void, amplifying the sound. An issue found with other In-ceiling designs.

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Cyber Tab Tensioned and Fixed Frame Perforated Projector Screens

If you have a specific room where by the speakers are at the front and can’t be moved away from the screen, then you will need an acoustically transparent screen.

This will basically allow the sound to travel through the material

The perforated screens are available in a tab tensioned or fixed frame screen.

For more information and prices on Acoustic fixed frame screens click here

For more information and prices on Acoustic Tab Tensioned screens click here

Grandview Cyber Screen Gain
 

What is Screen Gain?

Another specification you will often hear about is the gain. This is how much light from the projector is bounced off the screen back to the audience. A big conference room that often has lots of ambient light will use a high gain screen of say 1.8. This means more light will bounce off the screen and give a bright easy to see picture to a big audience. However to get this bright picture you sacrifice contrast and video images become dull and pasty. The viewing angle often becomes very narrow and the colour depth is lost. A good home cinema screen will have a low gain of around 1.1 this will help to achieve good black levels, shadow detailing and colour reproduction.

All Grandview Cyber Screens have a gain of 1.1

Screen Size

The most common question when come to screens is “what size should I get?” This is governed by how far back the audience is sitting, if there are multiple rows of seating the centre row is normally used to establish screen size. It is often suggested that the screen should be half the size of the sitting distance. So if the audience is 14ft away a 7ft wide screen would be ideal. However with the event of Full High Definition, all that extra clarity and detail means that there is no reason you shouldn’t go for a larger screen. 3D has also created a need for larger screens in relation to the sitting distance in order to greater fill the peripheral vision.

Total screen material width
Diagonal picture size
Sitting distance
6ft 77" (67" x 38" Viewing Area) 10ft - 12ft 3.0m - 3.6m
7ft 92" (80" x 45" Viewing Area) 12ft - 14ft 3.6m – 4.3m
8ft 106" (92" x 52" Viewing Area) 14ft - 16ft 4.3m – 4.9m
9ft 120" (104" x 58" Viewing Area) 16ft - 18ft 4.9m – 5.5m
10ft 138" (120" x 67" Viewing Area) 18ft - 20ft 5.5m – 6.1m
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