To get the best projector experience whether for outdoor movie marathons or indoor gaming nights, you need to be knowledgeable about the basic projector specifications. One of the technical-know-hows you need to be good at is how to select the best contrast ratio for your projector.
Needless to say, we all want the best quality from our projectors. The awesome quality will only be possible if we land with the right resolution, the appropriate sharpness, the correct vibrancy of the colors, and most importantly, the proper contrast of the deep blacks and the bright whites. All these will contribute to the pleasant-looking images that will be projected.
The contrast ratio is the ratio of the light which reflects from a solid white and a solid black image. Thus, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio simply means that the brightest white image is 2,000 times brighter compared to the darkest black image. The importance of greater contrast ratios is that it will give you more details of the projected image; this is because contrast enables us to see a wide array of color shades.
To determine the right contrast ratio, it is important to know the factors that will affect it. For indoor projectors, the biggest factor that will affect it is no other than room light. When room light finds its way inside, the contrast will surely drop even if you have the best contrast ratio. Light, in general, coming from the windows or any other source, will dramatically affect the contrast ratio for indoor or outdoor projectors.
A contrast ratio of at least 10,000:1 is highly recommended which means that higher contrast ratios would be very much preferred. Note that these contrast ratios will not really matter if you are setting up your projector screens in areas which are really dark because the darker the areas, the more you will get good contrasting regardless of the contrast ratios. You will, however, face the challenge of getting rid of other sources of light which might affect the contrast level.
Furthermore, the best contrast ratio will also depend on your taste and preference. You might find a 9,000:1 ratio perfect but your audience may not agree with you on that. The best way to go is to level the playing field and keep the numbers safe at all times.