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80-Inch Dual Aspect Ratio
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100-inch 16:9, 4K
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150" Diagonal Ultra HD Ready
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Good

Dual-surface screen renders incredible image quality. Gain is 1.5.

Competitive viewing angle. Large, square screen. Vinyl is easy to clean.

Comes with its own stand (but can also be mounted). Flexible aspect ratio.

Motorized screen arrives fully assembled. Can be operated via remote. Viewing angle is 180 degrees.

Sturdy, rigid screen is made of high-quality vinyl. Excellent images.

Bad

Assembly is required (takes 30-45 minutes). Viewing angle is only 80 degrees.

Corners are prone to wrinkling.

Some reports of sagging and curling due to lack of support at top and bottom of screen.

Some complaints about screen durability, ripples, and sagging.

Assembly is required (takes 30-40 minutes).

Bottom Line

An all-around fantastic product, this screen is designed for high-end cinema equipment. It's the best money can buy.

Inexpensive. Not suited for high-end projection equipment.

A general-purpose screen that would appeal to professionals and home users who aren't critical of resolution and definition.

An entry-level screen from a highly regarded manufacturer, this product has many perks and a few known flaws.

A mid-priced model of exceptional quality, this screen is the best deal for the lowest cost.

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Best Projection Screens

If you've got a projector, you need a screen. A bed sheet or white wall would do the trick – sort of – but the picture would be dull and distorted.
We examined hundreds of projection screens, from DIY options to those costing thousands of dollars. You can get a complete, ready-to-go solution rather cheaply, but consumers with a passion for watching crystal clear images want something more. Our top five contenders run the gamut, and we believe there's something for everyone on this list. The finalists are:

Products we Considered

Elite Screens
ezFrame Series
Best Choice Products
Manual Projection
Epson
80-Inch Dual Aspect Ratio
Elite Screens
100-inch 16:9, 4K
Silver Ticket Products
150" Diagonal Ultra HD Ready

Considerations

Size, Construction & Mounting

In this part of our review, we look at the physical aspects of each projector screen: the sizes available, whether they come as kits or pre-assembled, and if they're free-standing or mountable units.

Screen Detail

Screen material can make a big difference in image quality, as can backing and things like gain and viewing angle. These details are not always easy to find, but in this section of our ratings, we share what we've discovered.

Performance

Every projection screen manufacturer claims that their product delivers a superior image, but what are these screens really like when you get them home? In this section, we combine our research with feedback from a wide range of owners to give you a glimpse of each screen's "real-world" performance.

Price

Our finalists range from those that offer a surprisingly good image for the money to premium models that deliver a high-density, cinema-like viewing experience. To help you choose the product that's right for you, we analyze exactly what you get for your money.

Considerations

Size, Construction & Mounting

Best Choice Products Manual Projector Projection Screen

The first of our finalists, the Best Choice Products projection screen, is advertised at 119 inches on the diagonal. When fully extended, it's a square, 84-inch screen. Some promotional images of this screen make it appear to be rectangular. It's not. Of course, it's up to you how much screen you actually use. You could easily use the Best Choice screen at the popular 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios, but you would lose some of the diagonal inches in doing so. The Best Choice Products projector screen can be mounted to a wall or ceiling with the brackets that are supplied.

Epson Duet 80-Inch Dual Aspect Ratio Projection Screen

Diagonal measurement for the Epson Duet projection screen is 80 inches. Unusually, this screen pulls out sideways and can easily be set to 4:3 or 16:9 widescreen formats. The Epson Duet has its own stand, which is useful in terms of portability. The whole thing folds down neatly and quickly; in effect, it becomes its own carrying case. However, the manufacturer does supply brackets for those owners who want to mount it permanently.

Elite Screens Spectrum, 100-inch 16:9, 4K Home Theater

In order to offer close comparisons, we've chosen to review the 100-inch Elite Screens Spectrum projection screen, which has an aspect ratio of 16:9. (If you're looking for something larger, please note that this product range extends up to 180 inches!) Like our two previous models, the Elite Screens Spectrum screen comes fully assembled, but in the case of the Elite, you now have the benefit of motorization to open or close it via an infra-red remote. Installation can be on a wall or ceiling. A fixing kit is provided.

STR-169150 Silver Ticket 150" Diagonal 16:9 4K Ultra HD Ready HDTV

The STR-169150 Silver Ticket Projector Screen comes as a kit. Owners tell us it's not difficult to assemble, but the process does take about 30 to 40 minutes, and patience is required. The components are of excellent quality, and once it's put together, you have a sturdy projector screen with a diagonal viewing area of 150 inches and a 16:9 aspect ratio. A fixing kit is supplied for wall mounting which, according to Silver Ticket, is "much like hanging a picture frame."

Elite Screens ezFrame Series, 120-inch 16:9

Our fifth contender is another Elite Screens model: the ezFrame Ambient Light Projection Screen. We have chosen to review the 120-inch, 16:9 format version. (Potential buyers should note that the manufacturer offers a range of ezFrames, the largest of which is 320 inches on the diagonal.) This screen comes in kit form. The manufacturer claims that it can be assembled in minutes; we advise that it will take about 30 minutes to put it together and another 15 to affix it to the wall. As with the Silver Ticket screen, consumer patience during assembly is rewarded with an excellent finished product.

The Silver Ticket projector screen supplies a diagonal viewing area of 120 inches and an aspect ratio of 16:9.
Should you get a white, gray, or black screen? We asked an electronics shop professional for his thoughts on the matter: "If you need a simple screen for work or school presentations, white works very well. Gray screens are great for the average home theater system owner. Black screens are by far the most expensive, but they're the absolute best medium for film connoisseurs."
Considerations

Screen Detail

Best Choice Products Manual Projector Projection Screen

Most projection screens have a gain of 1:1. The Best Choice Products model falls into this category. In simple terms, this means that the projector screen reflects pretty much the same amount of light as is projected onto it. If you just used a white painted wall, for example, some light would be absorbed, and the picture would be dull. For projection screens, vinyl is generally the material of choice because most types of cloth won't provide the vibrancy people want. Vinyl is also easy to clean and resistant to static, which helps prevent dust buildup. This screen's viewing angle is competitive at 160 degrees.

Epson is keen to point out how flexible their Duet portable projector screen is, but they don't seem keen to share technical details. The screen material is some kind of vinyl, but nowhere – not even on Epson's own website – can we find a gain value. The viewing angle is simply described by the manufacturer as "generous." To be fair, Epson is not the only screen manufacturer to use vague descriptive terms. As we'll see later in these ratings, it's not of vital importance. It's reasonable to assume that gain is 1:1.

Elite Screens Spectrum, 100-inch 16:9, 4K Home Theater

Elite Screens is a specialist manufacturer with a solution for just about anyone. The Spectrum range has the standard 1:1 gain, but viewing angle is a full 180 degrees. You can't get better than that! Rather than a single vinyl sheet, the Elite Spectrum projector screen incorporates a reflective surface coating on a woven material. This gives the screen stability and makes for great image reproduction. The screen is 4K Ultra HD and Active 3D Projection ready, so most of the foreseeable changes in projection technology are already accounted for with this model.

STR-169150 Silver Ticket 150" Diagonal 16:9 4K Ultra HD Ready HDTV

The Silver Ticket projection screen is another with 1:1 gain. The manufacturer claims that it has an "exceptionally wide viewing angle," but it's actually only 160 degrees. We say "only," but in real terms, 160 degrees is all you would ever really need. It's true that "180 degrees" sounds more impressive, but you can't actually benefit from it (because it means you'd be trying to watch the screen from the edge). The Silver Ticket projection screen is made from high-quality vinyl and is another product on our list that's fairly "future-proofed," being both 4K Ultra HD and Active 3D ready.

Elite Screens ezFrame Series, 120-inch 16:9

Odd as it may sound, the gray-colored Elite ezFrame projector screen actually reflects more light than is projected onto it, giving it a gain of 1.5. The special coating overcomes the common problem of ambient light spoiling picture quality. In most homes, you've got light from the projector as well as ambient light that spills in from other sources. Thanks to its angular particle coating, the Elite ezFrame "rejects" ambient light and absorbs only the light from the projector. The result is much clearer image for the viewer, but it comes at the expense of the viewing angle which, in this case, is only 80 degrees. In use, this is seldom a drawback because most people sit directly in front of the screen (or within a narrow angle of it). As you'd expect from technology this advanced, the Elite ezFrame is suitable for 4D Ultra HD as well as Active and Passive 3D.

Once assembled, the Silver Ticket Projector Screen is completely rigid. It doesn't wrinkle or fold, and the image does not become distorted.
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Technologist, Product Review Professional

Rafe Needleman has been testing and writing about technology products for over 20 years. He has evaluated hundreds of products as editor of CNET and reviews/editorial director of Yahoo Tech.

Considerations

Performance

Best Choice Products Manual Projector Projection Screen

Visually, the Best Choice Products projection screen is much like screens you've seen in schools, offices, and homes for decades. The vinyl is an improvement over what was available twenty years ago, but little else has changed. It's quite a cheap projection screen, and it's prone to occasional wrinkles at the corners – a common problem for screens of this type. As long as the wrinkles don't affect the main picture, however, most owners put up with them. The other negative is that although it has a black frame to combat picture over-spill, you lose the top border if you use the screen in any format other than square. This is not a screen for those with high-end projection equipment, but for the average user, it's fine.

Epson Duet 80-Inch Dual Aspect Ratio Projection Screen

The Epson Duet projector screen is very popular, but as one owner said, it's designed more for the "road warrior" than the home cinema. This screen is easy to transport, but because one of the stand legs points backwards, it cannot be situated close to a wall. This won't be a problem for some professionals, but it could be a challenge at home. Of course, there's always the option of mounting the Epson Duet on the wall. As there is no support along the top and bottom of the screen, some owners have reported sagging or curling. Few think this is a serious enough problem to spoil their enjoyment, though. Indeed, many owners rate the Epson Duet's image quality as better than they expected. This is a good "general purpose" projector screen, but it might not be the best choice for those who are fussy about resolution or definition.

Elite Screens Spectrum, 100-inch 16:9, 4K Home Theater

Elite Screens is a highly regarded manufacturer, and while the Spectrum could be seen as the company's entry-level product, it does employ some clever "big screen" technology in attempt to improve image quality. The Spectrum has a black border. (Black borders are used by all of our finalists to stop image bleed. It's surprising how much better this looks than a screen with no defined edges.) Visual quality is enhanced by the Spectrum's MaxWhite screen. Unfortunately, a significant number of owners have been unhappy with this product's durability. Some have even noticed ripples or sagging after just a few months of use. It's not a widespread complaint, but it's significant enough that some owners have questioned whether Elite Screens cut corners on the Spectrum in order to keep the price down.

STR-169150 Silver Ticket 150" Diagonal 16:9 4K Ultra HD Ready HDTV

General wisdom suggests that if you've got a cheap projector, there's no point in buying a high-end projection screen. The Silver Ticket projector screen is an exception to that rule in that it's very good and also very affordable. One of its greatest strengths is its rigidity. If you want a great picture, your screen needs to be flat, and the Silver Ticket fits the bill. Thanks to the quality of the screen material, the distortion-free image also gives an accurate representation of color with no noticeable shift or hot spot to distract the eye. Whether you've got a budget projector or premium equipment, this is an excellent choice.

Elite Screens ezFrame Series, 120-inch 16:9

If you want exceptional image quality, it does no harm to start with award-winning screen material. That's what you get with the Elite ezFrame's "CineGrey 5D" screen. It's not just one surface – it's two. The first surface is designed to diffuse ambient light; the second reflects projected light straight back to where it came from. This does narrow viewing angle, but it also reduces distortion and color effects to virtually nothing. This screen's technology, in combination with its flawless projection surface, renders theater-quality pictures and can take full advantage of UHD image sources. There have been one or two reports of sagging or wrinkles in the very largest ezFrame screens, and a few owners have experienced hot spots. This percentage is extremely small, however, and we speculate that other factors may have been responsible.

The Elite Screens ezFrame sports a "CineGrey 5D" screen. This dual-surface screen diffuses ambient light and renders theater-quality images.
Considerations

Price

Best Choice Products Manual Projector Projection Screen

If you're looking for a cheap projector screen for general use, you could do a lot worse than the $64 Best Choice Products model. It's the kind of screen you've probably seen elsewhere, and for good reason: it does a decent job in a wide variety of roles. It may not offer the stunning visual impact of some projector screens, but it costs just a fraction of what you'd pay for them.

Epson Duet 80-Inch Dual Aspect Ratio Projection Screen

The Epson Duet projector screen would suit a variety of different consumers. At only $141, it's also a model that won't break the bank. Owners enjoy simple flexibility when it comes to aspect ratio. The screen folds down easily and is an ideal visual aid for business and educational purposes. Because it's so easy to move, "on-the-go" professionals particularly like it. There is a slight tendency for the edges to sag, but for general presentation work, it's excellent.

Elite Screens Spectrum, 100-inch 16:9, 4K Home Theater

People might be surprised to find an Elite Screens projection screen for just $213 -- particularly a motorized one. The question is, is the Spectrum as good as the rest of the Elite range? Have corners been cut to keep the price down? This model doesn't offer the full rigidity of a screen like the ezFrame, but it does come fully assembled and ready to hang on the wall. It doesn't have the special CineGrey 5D coating, but MaxWhite is still better than much of the competition. A few owners have complained about sagging or rolling of screen edges over time, but these complaints are relatively few. Perhaps this model is an attempt by Elite to deliver a projection screen that's on a par with its mid-range rivals. If that was the intent, the company has done quite well.

STR-169150 Silver Ticket 150" Diagonal 16:9 4K Ultra HD Ready HDTV

At $449, the Silver Ticket projection screen is in the same price bracket as the Elite Spectrum, but while there are a few questions about the quality of that model, there are none about this one. Owners and independent reviewers praise almost every aspect of the Silver Ticket, save the fact that it requires assembly and care must be taken to get it right. (It's not difficult, but it is a bit time-consuming.) Once assembled, you have a projection screen that compares favorably with models that cost several times as much.

Elite Screens ezFrame Series, 120-inch 16:9

Many see the Elite Screens ezFrame's price of $796 as a bargain. That's a reflection of how good this screen truly is. Compared with our other finalists, it costs a lot of money, but this equipment is for the "color connoisseur." People who have a dedicated room in their house for "home cinema" love this screen. Indeed, it would fit in very well with a high-end projector and a top-notch sound system. Many people will find the price to be too high, but enthusiasts are delighted with the savings. (Similar equipment from other manufacturers could easily cost thousands of dollars.)

People who have a dedicated room in their house for "home cinema" love the Elite Screens ezFrame screen.

Best of the Best

Each of our finalists would satisfy a particular subset of consumers, but the very best of them all is the Elite Screens ezFrame. We've chosen to review the company's 120-inch screen with 16:9 aspect ratio; it's the closest in the range to our other finalists and, therefore, yields the best comparison. However, if you wanted to go larger, the manufacturer does offer a 320-inch ezFrame in a 4:3 format.

All of the ezFrames in the product range require assembly. It's not a difficult job, but it does require care and patience to get it right. (Having the screen professionally assembled is another option.) Once assembled, the screen is completely rigid. It doesn't wrinkle or fold, and the image does not become distorted. Furthermore, it looks fantastic with its extruded aluminum frame coated in black velvet. The frame absorbs light over-spill and helps sharpen the focus of the picture itself.

Then there's the CineGrey 5D screen material. Though you might expect gray to provide a duller picture, the ezFrame's gain is 1.5. Light from the screen actually appears brighter than light that is projected. This is thanks to the two-layer screen that rejects ambient light and preserves color fidelity. The ezFrame's viewing angle does suffer as a result (it's only 80 degrees), but when did you ever want to sit off to the side of the screen? Within its focus range, the view is superb.

In every area that matters, the Elite Screens ezFrame is head and shoulders above its competition. This isn't your average projector screen; it's the one you choose when you've already got a dedicated viewing area, a top projection system, and great sound. It's the finishing touch to a high-quality home cinema system. Yes, $796 is a lot of money, but for the enthusiast, it represents a great investment. When compared to its rivals, in fact, the ezFrame's price is actually something of a bargain.
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When compared to its rivals, the ezFrame's price is actually something of a bargain.

Best Bang for your Buck

There's no doubt about it: the projection screen that gives the Best Bang for Your Buck is the STR-169150 Silver Ticket.

If you're looking for a cheap projector screen for general use, the Best Choice Products and Epson Duet screens would both be great options. However, the quality of the Silver Ticket screen surpasses both of these competitors. In fact, it would still be a good deal if it cost twice as much.

The Silver Ticket is a 150-inch model with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Gain is 1:1 – the industry standard. Like the Elite ezFrame that won our top award, the Silver Ticket requires assembly. Some owners aren't pleased by this, but assembly is not a particularly challenging task. The secure frame is made of heavy-duty aluminum and covered with black velvet to absorb light over-spill. Once assembled, the screen is a flat surface that renders a distortion-free image. The specs are similar to those of the Elite ezFrame, but the price, at just $449, is much lower.

We like the screen's high-quality vinyl, the fact that it offers a 160-degree viewing angle, and the excellent color reproduction it provides. The picture is so good that one independent reviewer wondered why he'd spent two thousand dollars on a high-end alternative to the Silver Ticket. This kind of commentary is common. The Silver Ticket STR-169150 isn't just a cheap projector screen. It's a budget-priced alternative that bears comparison with the very best.
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The Silver Ticket STR-169150 isn't just a cheap projection screen. It's a budget-priced alternative that bears comparison with the very best.
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