To ensure the best, most comfortable viewing position for you and your guests, mount your projection screen properly. To do this, measure the height of your screen and divide that figure by three (3). For example: if your screen is 30 inches tall, then 30 divided by three would give you 10. In this example you would then measure 10 inches up from the bottom of your screen to ensure that, that point was in line with your seated eye height.
AVOID WHITE WALLS
To enhance perceived brightness and contrast even further, mount your screen on a wall or surface that is darker in color than white. Better still, paint the area surrounding your screen -even the side walls and ceiling – darker than the rest of your room to cut down on reflected light. This will give your image that last bit of ‘pop’ and further enhance your movie going experience!
GET A MANUAL SCREEN
Go old school and buy a manual pull-down projection screen to save money in order to increase the budget for a projector. Most drop down screens when installed in the home are left down, meaning you’re not going to be raising and lowering the screen as much as you think, which means you won’t be too inconvenienced if you have to do it manually from time to time. This may save you hundreds of dollars on a screen that is better spent going towards your projector.
BRIGHTNESS IS KING
Get the brightest, most advanced projector you can afford. There is NO SUBSTITUTE for brightness when it comes to front projection. The brighter, the better! You can always “dim” a bright projector to suit your setup but you cannot make a dim projector brighter. So if you’re shopping for a new projector be sure to get one that has all the features you’re after but that also has a high ANSI Lumen rating.
CHANGE YOUR PROJECTOR’S PICTURE MODE
Once you’ve setup your new projector, be sure to change the picture profile setting to either its Cinema, Movie or Custom modes as these typically are more accurate than modes like Standard or Dynamic. If the Movie/Cinema or Custom profile look dull in comparison, switch the projector’s lamp mode to medium or high and you should see a change in overall brightness, while still retaining the modes’ more accurate colors and grey scale.