This customer is using his projector screen more like a TV set and this is becoming a lot more common. Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors can put out a 100” image from literally a few inches from the projector surface. This requires a very flat, tensioned surface. The Aeon CLR® is the best solution for this basement installation because the customer is using the site as a personal recreation room. The following videos describes the product, how it works, and how easily it can be set up & used.
Here are the links used in the discussion that are for some favorite UST projector-friendly screens:
*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.
[15:54] Jaime: hello, how may I help you?
[15:54] Customer: Hi There,
[15:55] Customer: Looking for advice on the best screen for my projector and space
[15:55] Customer: Optoma GT5500 (Ultra Short Throw Projector)
[15:55] Customer: 3500 Lumens at 25,000:1 contrast
[15:56] Customer: Installed in my basement. I have a pool table so I don’t want total darkness, no windows but there are spotlight fixtures overhead.
[15:56] Customer: Looking for a fixed screen, 100" diameter at 16:9
[15:56] Customer: ...super confused by gain and material
[16:00] Jaime: the projection screen material’s “gain” is its ability to reflect light.
[16:00] Jaime: If a material is listed to be at 1.1 gain, that means that the image will reflect back 10% brighter than first emitted from the projector. Here is a video on screen gain. https://elitescreens.com/elitetube/ANSI_Lumens_and_Screen_Gain_Educational_Video.mp4
[16:01] Jaime: in your case, you can use the white 1.1 gain material if you choose to dim the lights or you can use a Celiling Light Rejecting material that will keep overhead lighting and other room lighting from washing out the projected image.
[16:02] Customer: Perfect! Are some screens better for 4k?
[16:03] Jaime: the white material works fine but have a look at the Aeon CLR, I think this would be your best fit. https://elitescreens.com/front/front/productdetail/product/154
[16:05] Jaime: The actual image quality will come from the projector but the material will either enhance or inhibit. In this case, the Starbright CLR material of the Aeon CLR would be your best bet. It is also crafted specifically for your UST Projector. Here is the product video: https://elitescreens.com/elitetube/Aeon_CLR_Product_Video3.mp4
[16:07] Customer: Thanks Jaime!