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To truly call your home theater a theater you have to use a high definition video projector and no front projection setup is complete without a proper projection screen. With sizes ranging from 60-inches to the sky's the limit, projection screens are more than just a smooth white surface for which to project an image on. Today's modern projection screens employ state of the art materials, ambient light rejecting technology, auto-masking, 3D compatibility and more. Read the latest reviews of some of the top performing projection screens available today from some of the most notable manufacturers such as Stewart Filmscreen, dnp, SI Screens, Elite Screens, Vutec and more.

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Visual Apex ProjectoScreen120HD Portable Screen Reviewed

Visual Apex ProjectoScreen120HD Portable Screen Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

If you're looking for an easy, cost-effective way to bring big-screen theater to the great outdoors, Visual Apex's ProjectoScreen line of portable screens gets it right. Read More

 
Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pure White 1.3 Screen Reviewed

Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pure White 1.3 Screen Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The Screen Innovation Pure White 1.3 offers a high-end screen for a someone with a high-end system. Adrienne Maxwell thinks its worth a look if you are a demanding videophile looking for an excellent image. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Read More

 
Visual Apex VAPEX9100SE Electric Screen Reviewed

Visual Apex VAPEX9100SE Electric Screen Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

For a while, Visual Apex has been in the business of selling affordable projectors from big manufacturers. Now, they are launching the VAPEX9100SE electric screen to accompany these projectors. Adrienne Maxwell puts it to the test. Read More

 
Elite Screens AcousticPro4K Screen Material Reviewed

Elite Screens AcousticPro4K Screen Material Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Video projection can often be the most affordable way to get a big screen performance. An example of this is the Elite Screens AcousticPro 4K material reviewed here by Andrew Robinson. Read on to find out how well it performs. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Read More

 
Dragonfly Motorized Tab Tension 100-inch, Matte White Film Screen Reviewed

Dragonfly Motorized Tab Tension 100-inch, Matte White Film Screen Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Dragonfly's 100-inch motorized tab tension screen with matte white material delivers a level of performance that is surprising, given the cost of the screen. Read on to find out more. Read More

 
Dragonfly Motorized Tab Tension 100-inch, High Contrast Film Screen Reviewed

Dragonfly Motorized Tab Tension 100-inch, High Contrast Film Screen Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Dragonfly may not be a name you are familiar with, but if the Motorized Tab Tension screen that Andrew Robinson got in for review is any indication of the company's products, you should start becoming familiar with them. Read More

 
Stewart Filmscreen's Daily Dual Projection Screen Reviewed

Stewart Filmscreen's Daily Dual Projection Screen Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

There are a few methods to deal with the differences associated with screening 2D content on a 3D screen. However, one of the best methods is to have a dual screen system like Stewart Filmscreen's Daily Dual projection screen. Read More

 
Stewart Filmscreen's Couture Collection featuring Swarovski Elements Front Projection Screen Reviewed

Stewart Filmscreen's Couture Collection featuring Swarovski Elements Front Projection Screen Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Th Couture Collection from Stewart Filmscreen utilizes Swarovski crystals to solve on of the problems associated with projector screens. However, reviewer Andrew Robinson that it creates a few others. Read More

 

Everything You Need To Know About High Performance Video Screens, Filmscreens and Automasking Screens.

1.0 An Overview of Video Screens
2.0 Types of Video Screens

2.1 Traditional Video Screens

2.2 Curved Video Screens
2.3 Roll-down Screens
2.4 Masking Video Screens
2.5 Glass Video Screens
2.6 Outdoor Video Screens
2.7 Painted-on Video Screens
2.8 Perforated Screens
3.0 The Screen Size Debate (16x9 versus 2.35:1)

1.0 An Overview of Video Screens
Front-projection video is the gateway drug for home theater enthusiasts to become true addicts. Your neighbor can brag all he wants about his 65-inch plasma, but you know that your 10-foot diagonal video screen makes you more than twice the man he is when it comes to the video department, with a better image in most cases and always for less money. Even the most affordable LCD projector beamed onto a specially painted wall can make for a compelling home theater experience. With big budgets, an auto-masking monster 17-foot screen positioned into place for a 2.35:1 movie is at the pinnacle of "wow" factor in luxury goods.

2.0 Types of Video Screens

2.1 Traditional Video Screens
Traditional video screens are made of materials specifically designed to receive and reflect light from a front video projector and make it look better and more consistent in a given room. The technology of the projector and the ambient light characteristics of the room where the screen is to be installed will define the screen material that is needed. Stewart Filmscreen's Studiotec 130 has been a classic material for various installation types. There are also gray screens that do well with higher light output projectors in home theater applications.

2.2 Curved Video Screens
Curved video screens go way back in the history of video, but in recent years have become all the rage in large-scale home theater systems. Many people remember the application of curved screens used with the first (Klaus Novabeam) rear-projection systems. Many of today's best video systems use subtly curved screens to get the best possible video image.

2.3 Roll-down Screens
Roll-down screens are housed in a container often hidden in the drywall of a room and can be either manually pulled down or automated to have motors drop the screens. A roll-down screen often has a heavy weight on the bottom to keep it from being moved by a breeze or the air output of the air conditioning unit.

2.4 Masking Video Screens
Masking screens use either manual or automated blackout material to change the shape of a video screen to meet the native size of the program material. A client watching an NFL football game on ESPN would want a 16:9 aspect ratio screen, but she then wanted to watch a "for your consideration" movie from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before doing some Oscar voting. A masking video system would change the screen size to a more rectangular 2.35:1 ratio.

2.5 Glass Video Screens
The glass video screen is a new trend in video, used as a larger plasma or LCD alternative that looks better and is physically much larger. Screens like Stewart Filmscreen's Starglas are made using a special reflective material in the glass. There are a few ways for a projector to be used with a glass screen, including a relatively narrow application that reflects the image from a rig to a mirror and then onto the screen.

2.6 Outdoor video screens
The idea of outdoor home theater systems has become increasingly popular in the past three to five years, as the price of video projectors has dipped deeply for mainstream consumers. A basic low-cost LCD "presentation" projector can be used with a painted piece of drywall to make a drive-in theater by the pool for summer parties. Companies now make weather-proof roll-down video screens that can survive the rigors of being permanently installed outside. Even the new glass screens work well outside.

2.7 Painted-on video screens
Painted-on video screens are without question a budget application for consumers, but special paint such as Screen Goo can make a better reflective surface on a wall or piece of drywall than going au naturel.

2.8 Perforated screens
Perf screens, as they are called by installers and those in the movie business, either have small holes or a fabric that is woven together so that the speakers can be placed behind the screen, just as they are in the theaters. Perf screens allow consumers to hide the speakers nicely, but often don't provide as good an audio experience as floor-standing speakers do in a given room. Most speaker systems installed behind perf screens use horn-loaded tweeters to have the power to beam effectively through the screen and into the room.

3.0 The Screen Size Debate (16x9 vs. 2.35:1)
It can be difficult for new enthusiasts and consumers to understand the real-world implications of different screen sizes and/or aspect ratios. A simple way to understand it is: 4x3 is the squarer screen size used in standard-definition video. 16x9 is the traditional, more rectangular screen size used for HDTV broadcasts. It is good for video games and many other applications. 2.35:1 is a more rectangular aspect ratio, compared to 16x9, which is more popular with movie directors. It is used in professional cinemas. Masking screens allow you to have the best of all worlds (and other ratios not mentioned here) at the press of a button and with the whir of a few small motors.

For consumers looking for the best in front projection video screens check out Stewart Filmscreen. Specifically, their auto-masking screens, Studiotek 100 fabric, Starglas and other advanced screens designed for both commercial and home theater video systems.