ProjectorCentral Q&A BlogPaul Vail
Paul Vail has been a professional audiovisual engineer since 1999. He works day-to-day for a commercial integrator and runs his own residential installation company, AV Integrated, out of Chantilly, VA, covering the greater Washington D.C. area. He has been the moderator of the ProjectorCentral Big Screen Forums from their inception more than ten years ago and has installed hundreds of projectors over the years, from entry-level basement setups to high end 4K simulation systems using the latest in 3-chip DLP technology. He enjoys helping others learn about how to get the most value for their money, and setting realistic expectations and goals for the setup they are working toward.
How Bright Should Your Projector Be?
Figuring out how many lumens you need actually isn't complicated, but you shouldn't expect all of your projector's rated lumens to get to the screen.
What Type of Cable Should I Run for My Projector?
With HDMI 2.1 and 8K on their way, how can you future-proof your projector installation?
How Do I Fix My Broken Projector?
More often than not, the best resolution for your projector issue is...call the manufacturer.
How Do I Calculate Screen Size and Seating Distance for My Home Theater?
Getting the right screen size and seating distance for a home theater involves math, some of rule-of-thumb, and a bit of personal taste.
What's the Best Upgrade for my Epson HC 8700UB?
Think it's time to upgrade from your 1080p projector to 4K? Before you jump in, Paul Vail offers some sage advice...
Can You Use Retractable Screens with UST Projectors?
Short-throw projectors and roll-up screens don't always play well together. Here's why...and what you can do about it.
Should I Use a White or Grey Screen for my Viewsonic Projector?
Choosing between a white or grey screen depends on the projector, your room, and what characteristics you value in your image.