Published On: October 9, 2013

Screen Gain

Published On: October 9, 2013
Last Updated on: March 9, 2022
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Screen Gain

Screen gain is a measurement system used with projector screen. This system measures the amount light a screen reflects or absorbs. There are many factors that go into deciding the amount of screen gain that is right for your projector

Screen Gain

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Screen gain is the measure of the reflection of light from a video screen. No screen can actually create light, instead high-gain screens focus more of the light towards the viewer. Negative-gain screens absorb some of the light with the intention of creating better black levels.

Many factors go into the decision as to what gain is best for your specific front projector. For example, the amount of ambient light in the room or the amount of light emitted from your projector. Positive-gain screens offer more light than a "neutral gain" screen. Stewart's popular Studiotec 130, for example is a 1.3 gain screen. Their Grayhawk screen is an example of a negative gain screen.

It is advisable for even skilled home theater installers to consult with top screen manufacturing companies before placing that final order, as the right screen material can make or break a front-projection video system.

Some manufacturers of high and low gain screens are Stewart, Da-Lite, Elite, dnp, and SI Screens.

See all the reviews of projection screens on Home Theater Review.

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