Buying a projector doesn’t have to be hard
While we don’t sell projectors or recommend specific models, here is the short and sweet way to find a great projector.
How to Use projectorcentral.com to Find a Projector
- Select your desired Aspect Ratio
- Enter your desired Throw Distance
- Enter the Screen Size
- Click Update Search Results
- Sort by Price
We said it’d be short and sweet. However, if you need more help just keep reading.
Projector Central Tip: If you play with the other drop-down menu options only change one thing at a time. Otherwise, you won’t know which option caused it to go kittywampus (the technical term) and display “no results found”.
What is Aspect Ratio?
Aspect ratio simply refers to the shape of the image being projected. When the ratio of the projector, image, and screen match the image fills the entire screen and you will not see black masking bars.
What are black masking bars? Think … “this film has been modified to fit your TV”. When a film has not been modified to fit your TV screen you often see black bars at the top and bottom or left and right of your screen.
An aspect ratio of 4:3 has the shape of a CRT TV, and a 16:9 has the shape of a flat screen TV. The 4:3 is very common for golf simulators because it allows you to go taller, giving you more room to swing, without needing a wider room. If space allows the 16:9 is great for 4K and HD images, but be aware if you are tall or have limited room depth that this option may be too short for you to swing a golf club. The 16:10 is uncommon for modern projectors but is still possible to buy. Its shape is between the 4:3 and the 16:9.
For some customers, the projected image is secondary while the safety of the surrounding area is the priority. Selecting a size where the aspect ratio is non-standard, so that it fits your space, is also an option. Just be aware the image will not fill the entire screen if you are using it for projection and the black masking bars will be visible.
The 1:1 is a square and is not a standard aspect ratio for projectors, but may work if space is limited, although it increases the chances of seeing black bars and you will likely have to adjust the settings on your computer. Adjusting the settings on your computer may be difficult for most customers unless you are technically savvy.
What is Throw Distance?
Throw distance is the number of feet between the screen and where you plan to mount the projector. Generally speaking, the closer you put the projector to the screen the more likely the price will go up.
The projector itself determines the maximum image size based on how far it is mounted from the screen.
- Golf Tip #1: Most golf customers mount the projector from the ceiling and place it above the tee to avoid seeing their own shadow on the image. However, some customers place the projector on the floor inside the enclosure. Of course, if you floor-mount your projector you must build or buy a protective cover to keep it safe from golf balls and clubs.
What is My Screen Size?
Like a TV, screen sizes are measured corner to corner. Screen sizes can be found on the product pages, as pictured above.
- Golf Tip #2: Whether you decide on a standard aspect ratio or not, we highly recommend getting the largest golf simulator enclosure that will fit in the space you have available. This will provide you with the most comfortable space to swing your clubs, as well as, the most safety.
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