This is not your grandfather’s TV

TV, as we have historically known it, has been delivered to us in the form of LCD, LED and Plasma TVs which have historically ruled the residential entertainment environment. Two-piece projection, on the other hand, has typically been thought of – and used for – dedicated home theater rooms, commercial jobs, and other high-end installations. Fortunately, times have changed, technologies have advanced, and two-piece projection is now a mainstream solution. Prices have come down and manufacturers are making projectors, screens and accessories that function extremely well anywhere in the home, even in rooms with a lot of windows or ambient light. In fact, the category is much more approachable from a price, feature, and ease of installation standpoint. Meaning, there is now a two-piece projection solution for nearly any type of application or installation; residential or commercial.

Residential entertainment design has moved away from dedicated, dark, and often detached home theater rooms and has evolved into open concept “home cinema” entertainment spaces that exist within the primary living area.

The reality is that a cultural shift is occurring, and with it, the way families interact and entertain at home has dramatically changed. The family unit has become stronger and more connected in many ways, and much of that is due to interactive, multi-player gaming technologies like Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii, 3D video content, and larger display technologies that deliver a fully immersive, next-level cinematic entertainment experience that families can enjoy together. Ambient light rejecting screen technologies, like those that SI innovated and uses to great success, have enabled two-piece projection systems to emerge from dark home theaters into light, airy, and open rooms.

Two-piece projection in any room or any environment, really?

Absolutely. Two-piece projection systems can now easily replace TVs in almost any room of the house; great rooms; living rooms; bedrooms; open-concept entertainment spaces; or almost anywhere else a TV is desired. This is where the category gets really interesting, and why you should take note. No longer must the TV be a big, bulky, and ugly component hanging on the wall, reflecting light and competing with existing design and décor elements. By using two-piece projection systems, TV can actually be an integrated design element that is as much desired as it is appreciated.

You can’t put a TV there

With two-piece projection systems, the TV can go where it should go, where it will compliment existing design and décor and provide an optimal entertainment experience, not where it has to go. This versatile technology can be seamlessly integrated into various parts of the home in such a way that it won’t be seen unless it is in use. For instance, drop a motorized screen like the new Black Diamond Motorized by Screen Innovations in front of a fireplace rather than above it, or in front of a picture window if those are the best locations. It’s there when wanted, gone when not, and by using motorization, the view is preserved while an exceptional, immersive home cinema experience that just isn’t possible with flat panel TVs is delivered. Don’t believe me? Try rolling up a TV to make it disappear, and you’ll end up with a pile of glass on the floor. Day-in, day-out, two-piece projection systems deliver greater versatility and flexibility than a flat panel TV ever will.

Isn’t two-piece projection cost-prohibitive when compared to a flat panel TV?

Nope. Not by a long shot. In fact, two-piece projection systems provide a significant advantage over large-format TVs in terms of price, feature set, aesthetics, and overall experience. It’s a common misperception that two-piece projection systems will end up costing more than a flat panel when both the projector and screen are factored into the equation, but the reality is that you can now get a much larger screen for far less money when you use two-piece projection systems. This is especially true when using screens over 80” or 90” in size.

Think of it this way. At 100” and above, images become life size. Meaning, movies, games, sports and videos are more immersive, more realistic, and far more enjoyable. At the end of the day, isn’t that what entertainment is supposed to be? The point is, two-piece projection systems enable you to experience TV in a way that was never possible before, in the comfort of your own home, in whatever room you wish, without breaking the bank.

You just can’t get the same experience with a flat panel TV as you can with a two-piece projection system. It’s that simple.

Here are some online tools you can use to determine space requirements, screen size options, and associated details that are paramount to creating quality two-piece projection systems.

The Seating Distance Wizard by SI is a neat tool that is provided at no cost. It’s a 2-step calculator that can be used to determine the distance you will need between your projector and screen.

The screen calculator is another neat toll that’s also free of charge. It’s a 3-step wizard that when complete, provides you a .pdf detailing the screen and space dimensions as well as the model number and ordering information. What you’ll see when you use this tool is that two-piece projection can exist in virtually the same size space as a traditional TV:

So the bottom line is this: TVs are no longer the best option – nor the only option – for many residential installations. Consider two-piece projection systems for their versatility and value as well as the next-level entertainment experience they will provide. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show (in life-size dimensions).