Making the Case for Adding a Projection System

Cost calculations, size, 3D, flexibility, 2.35:1 aspect ratio help the cause


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My life forever changed in August 2011. I bought my first house. Purchased an engagement ring for my girlfriend (now my wife). And I upgraded from a 46-inch Sony Bravia LCD TV to a 92-inch projection screen (thanks to colleague Bob Archer for the product and for showing me the light).

That 46-inch screen, my baby I purchased in 2009, has been relegated to the bedroom. It barely gets any use.

I won’t say where it ranks on the list of best moments in my life, but I wish I made the move sooner. Unfortunately, until I started working in the electronics industry, covering it on the publishing side, I had the same problem many homeowners have: lack of awareness.

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The biggest obstacle in front projection adoption is awareness, according to Blake Vackar, director of sales, Screen Innovations (SI), and it’s one of many issues discussed in a fantastic roundtable SI conducted. Joining Vackar is Bill Birdsall, eastern regional manager, JVC Pro, Amy Escobio, product marketing manager, Sony custom installation center and Jason Palmer, senior marketing manager, Epson.

We highly recommend watching the video below as it discusses the history, current state and future of two-piece projection. Here is a quick rundown of the video’s topics:

4:15 – The rise of large flat-panel TVs is great for two-piece projection. Consumers want the biggest screen possible, but they might not know the 120-inch option exists.

6:00 – Price-per-square-inch calculations; the cost for a 75-inch flat panel is $3.74/square inch, while the cost for a $4,000 projector and 100-inch screen is $1.50/square inch.

7:35 – Two-piece projection systems were once hard to install, that’s not the case anymore.

10:00 – What is 4K? Why is 4K important to two-piece projection?

13:00 – The state of 3D. How are companies handling 3D? It’s still a big story in the world of front projection, not so much for flat panels. “Nobody wants to watch Everybody Loves Raymond on their 40-inch TV.”

17:38 – The big screen is experience is for more than just movies.

22:25 – What are some of the objections to two-piece projection (Aesthetics, brightness, cost)?

27:00 – What technological developments are making two-piece projection more viable

30:20 – Why do we see 2:35.1 in two-piece projection and not flat panels?

–If you’re considering a projection setup, you’ll want to check out these hints on understanding screen selection too.
–For some of the latest choices, here’s a look at what was unveiled during the most recent CEDIA Expo.
–Also, if you don’t want to see a big projection screen when it’s not in use, here’s how one custom electronics pro completed a media room installation for a homeowner with everything hidden.


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