Visit a stadium, casino, sports bar or mall and you’ll likely see a number of LCD video walls or multiple monitors tiled together to produce a giant image or multiple images. Such displays are becoming commonplace as the price of LCD/LED TVs continues to drop.While the color and brightness can be quite impressive, a video wall is not necessarily the right fit for every venue.
Despite price reductions, video walls are still an expensive proposition. Four or more professional-grade TVs, a video processor, multiple sources and the installation and maintenance cost can be $20,000 or more depending on the size. In addition, not every venue can accommodate a video wall structurally. Universities, House of Worship facilities, museums and many restaurants and bars often prefer a traditional projector and screen set up due to the lower cost, easier installation and little-to-no maintenance.
The downside to a projector and screen setup is a reduction in brightness compared to LCDs TVs. While projectors have evolved in recent years with high lumen levels, traditional projectors and screens simply cannot compete with the efficient backlighting of LCD TVs because a percentage of light will be absorbed by the screen material. This may not be an issue spaces where ambient light is controlled, a dark theater for instance; however, in brighter environments such as conference rooms, house of worship, and public places, the loss of brightness becomes a deal breaker.
Crystal Screens offers an alternative to video walls and uses patented technology that is unique to other screens. Holographic patterns are embedded on the screen that manipulate light energy to produce a highly reflective surface. The technology results in screens with high gain and ambient light rejection, wide viewing angles, and no hot spots. Our Reflect 3.0 projection screen offers 3.0 gain, which is virtually unmatched by other Ambient Light Rejecting screens. Paired with even a modestly-priced projector, the image produced is remarkably bright.
In addition to brightness, there are other advantages to using Crystal Screens versus a video wall. If you’re not sure which setup is best for your facility, take a take a look at the following comparison of a 130” Crystal Projection Screen versus a 130” video wall. It may just help you make up your mind.