Does the Media Room in Your New Jersey Home Get Lots of Light?
Don't Worry - There's a Screen for That!
When you are looking to install or upgrade a media room screen in your Warren, NJ home, your tendency is likely to “go big.” While flat-panel TVs have gotten ever-larger, at a point beyond 90 inches or so, a projector and screen will provide the largest and most cost-effective image.
Some people may not initially want a projector because of aesthetics or perceived complexity. The reality is that a projector setup done correctly is just as easy to use and looks as great as any other display. A more significant reason someone might not want a projector is because of windows in the room that let in a large amount of light. If your media room serves a purpose beyond films in the dark, you might desire more light in the room, especially on a Sunday afternoon while watching a Giants football game.
Does that mean a projector is out of the question? Far from it. First, you can control light with smart, automated features like motorized shades. But that doesn't mean you need a fully darkened room to watch football either. The latest projectors from top brands like Sony, coupled with ambient light-absorbing screens, make it easy for your media room not to have to be a cave.
Read on to learn more about one such versatile screen, the Black Diamond from Screen Innovations.
Dark Room Performance
All screens reflect some amount of light, and today's projectors are the brightest ever. As a consequence, light can reflect off the screen onto walls and ceilings, even if they are dark-colored. Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond screens have nine layers of optical filters that can reject up to 85% of ambient light from above, below, and the sides of the screen, rather than reflecting it. The result, especially when watching film content in a darkened room, is a deeper, more color-saturated picture for a better experience.
Contrast is Key
Today's HDR (high dynamic range) technology enhances color and contrast in ways that make UHD (ultra-high definition) movies and content really pop. Screen Innovations uses nine layers of optical filters to achieve an incredible 900% improvement in contrast over the typical matte white or gray screens. These filters reject 85% of the ambient light in a room as well, making it easier to have excellent contrast and color performance even when the room is not darkened.
Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond is a screen material, and the company makes it available in many options. They can be ordered with custom borders and aspect ratios, so you can get the screen design you want that fits your viewing preferences. If your media room doubles as a living area, you can also install a motorized rollup model that disappears into your ceiling, so your screen is only visible when you need it.
Another option for rooms with limited space and ceiling height is the ultra-short-throw projector. These projectors sit only inches from the screen wall and can project a screen size of up to 120 inches diagonally. They can be housed in an attractive media cabinet or on top of a piece of furniture at the front of the room. Ultra-short throw projectors paired with light rejecting screens can be a great choice for a media room used for a variety of content under different light conditions, and they don’t require mounting a projector in a ceiling or back wall – making them an aesthetically appealing alternative.
Screen Innovations is not the only choice in screens for rooms with light issues. Bravo AV is an expert in media room design and installation, and we will recommend the equipment that best fits your space and preferences. Get in touch with us by filling out our contact form or by chatting live with us below. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Bravo AV is proud to be an HTA (Home Technology Association) Certified Installation Firm and professional A/V experts. Tom Curnin, the owner of Bravo AV, is a CEDIA Professional Designer, a certified THX Level 1 home theater professional, and a member of the Home Acoustic Alliance trained to Level II.