There are several different types of projection screen, each have their advantages and disadvantages. This is a brief explanation of the different types and what they’re for:
- Rigid Wall-Mounted
This type of screen utilized a rigid surface to maintain their geometry perfectly. This makes them suitable for applications that demand exact reproduction of image geometry. Such screens are often used in home theaters, along with the pull-down screens.
- Portable Screens
Sometimes it is necessary to utilize this type of screen in spaces where a permanently installed screen would require too much space. These commonly use painted fabric that is rolled in the screen case when not used, making them less obtrusive when the screen is not in use. To meet this need, we offer Solo and Solo Pro screens, which utilize a lithium-powered motor core allowing you the same benefits from a motorized screen, but in a much more compact, portable cassette.
- Electric Screens
Also known as motorized screens, these screen types can be wall mounted, ceiling mounted or ceiling recessed and are intended for permanent mounting locations. These are often larger screens, though electric screens are available for home theater use as well. Electric screens are similar to manual pull-down screens, but instead of the screen being pulled down manually, an electric motor raises and lowers the screen. Electric screens are usually raised or lowered using either a remote control or wall-mounted switch, although some projectors are equipped with an interface that connects to the screen and automatically lowers the screen when the projector is switched on and raises it when the projector is switched off.
Both mobile and permanently installed motorized screens may be of tensioned or not tensioned variety. Tensioned models attempt to keep the fabric flat and immobile, whereas the not tensioned models have the fabric of the screen hanging freely from their support structures. In the latter screens the fabric can develop slight wrinkles in the viewing surface giving imperfections to the projected image.