Technological advances in circuitry have enabled business and home theater projector systems to become smaller, lighter and brighter while maintaining the power and performance of their predecessors.
The operation of today’s theater projector systems is based on receiving an electric signal (either analog or digital) from a trusted data source (computer, VCR, DVD, Blu-ray etc.) transforming the signal into an image, and projecting the image onto a screen. To do this, the signal must first be converted into a digital signal. If sent as analog, it is passed through an analog-to-digital signal converter. The digital signal is now ready to be processed into an image for projection from a distance of just 5 feet to as much as 20 feet.
1stAfter you find out the maximum height of your screen area, it is time to figure out the maximum width. To do this, you will first need to decide if you are going to install a 4:3 aspect ratio screen. If installing a 4:3 screen, take your maximum screen height and multiply it by 1.33 to find your maximum screen width. If installing a 16:9 screen, take your maximum screen height and multiply it by 1.78 to find you maximum screen width. Now you should have a maximum screen size.
2ndNext, you will want to figure out what type of screen you want. Do you want a screen permanently mounted to the wall or a screen that can move up and down? Or perhaps a glass screen where you project the image behind the screen instead of in front of it (similar but brighter and more resolution than a rear projection unit). With this configuration you must flip your image from left to right for proper results.
3rdFinally, think about placement of your speakers for your home theater that requires at least three speakers placed around the screen for any surround sound system. Do you have room on the sides of the screen? If not, you will have to think about using a smaller screen. Most importantly, mount your audio center channel directly below the screen. In the event you upgrade to a “pass through” screen, mount the center channel directly behind the screen for maximum sonic imaging.