5 Questions to Ask When Considering a New Projector

Tim Adams offers projection advice:

More and more churches are moving towards using projected content of some kind in their services and this post is aimed at heading off the purchasing of the wrong projector for your specific application. Below, I’ve assembled my top 5 questions to ask when considering a new projector.

1. What size screen do we need?

The basic rule of thumb is to measure the distance from the screen to the location of the viewer who will be seated the furthest away from the screen and take 1/6th of that measurement. For example, if the distance is 60 feet, then the minimum height should be 10 feet. Keep in mind that this is a general rule of thumb; do the calculation, but measure it out on your wall with painters tape and eyeball it, show it to people and get their input as it allows for other perspectives and more buy in and support.

2. Do we have space for a projector and screen?

If you don’t have the wall space for a screen of adequate size, then a good alternative is a large flat screen TV. There are many considerations to take into account before purchasing a flat screen TV, but just know that it could be the better solution.

3. What kind of content will the screen be used for?

The answer to this question will also answer what resolution your projector and source must be, how large your screen must be for a pleasant viewing experience for everyone, and how large an investment the church will actually be making.

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