Projector Expert Questions & AnswersQ:
I'm planning to buy a video projector for my new media room. I'm trying to work within a budget so I want to avoid buying a screen and instead project onto my wall. I have a large wall and I'm wondering what would be the best color to paint it for the best image. Can you help me?
~ Matt WhiteA:
As a general rule, we do not recommend painting a wall as the best option for getting the most from your projected image. However, we do understand that budgets can be tight and saving money is important. Here are some good options for a person on a budget.
No Budget for A Screen
We may be Projector Experts, but we are not paint experts. However, there are some basic principles we may be able to apply, based on what we know about screens. In general, a low contrast projector will work best on a surface with a hint of gray. A high-contrast, low-brightness projector may benefit from a slightly reflective finish like white satin. For a high contrast, high-resolution projector, a matte white with a bit of gray might work well. Textured walls/surface should be avoided at all costs.
Again, we are not paint experts and we do not recommend using a painted wall as the optimal surface for viewing. Many screens are inexpensive, and any screen will exponentially improve your image over a painted wall.
Low budget for a screen
Screen manufacturers offer low priced screens for $200 or less. These screens will make your image look significantly better than a painted wall. If you're handy, you can also purchase just the screen material, make your own frame, and save a little money. An inexpensive portable screen may also be a good choice if you think you may use your projector outside of your media room.
Cheaper than you think
Getting the best screen may not be as expensive as you think. For a very nice fixed screen with gray or white screen material, you can spend as little as $500. Saving a little more for a screen will help you get the best possible images out of your projector. It will also help create a finished look to your room.
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