Master AV Services are specialists in both commercial and home projection installation’s.
Whether it’s a dedicated home cinema room or just a simple ceiling mounted projector and projection screen setup in your, office meeting room, school classroom or home we can help.
Projector and projection screen installs
We do not carry any stock so are therefore able to offer the very latest technology’s
in projector design. We can specify, your projection system, supply and fit or just install
client supplied projector’s and projection screens.
For Office installations we can provide manual or electric screens and interface the projector with custom face plates for ease of connectivity. Pop up table sockets or wireless connectivity.
If sound is a consideration sound we can include discreet wall mounted amplifiers and ceiling or wall speakers. We also install PA and commercial background sound systems.
choosing the correct equipment is fundamental in creating your home cinema room or specifying
your boardroom room projection installation.
If you have already purchased equipment we are happy to offer a full installation service .
We offer expert impartial friendly advice from simple single projector installs
to complex AV integrated installations throughout the UK.
Including: Projectors from Benq, NEC, Optoma , Panasonic , Infocus, JVC, Epson , Casio,
Projection Screens from : Drapper , Screen international , Sapphire AV , Cyber screens , Grandview
Manual pull down , Fixed Frame , Electric , Tab tensioned.
Contact us now one of our professional will talk you through your options . We cover most of UK mainland click here to see areas covered
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Need help in selecting a projector take a look at our Projector installation Guide
The most common resolutions for home cinema projectors at present are 720p (1280 horizontal pixels x 720 vertical pixels) and 1080p (1920 horizontal pixels x 1080 vertical pixels)
The higher the resolution the higher the number of pixels are displayed and therefore the sharper the image. Higher resolution will also result in better picture quality from high definition sources such as Blu-Ray, Xbox360, PS3, Sky HD. Virgin, AppleWe recommend a minimum resolution of 720p as the best choice for taking the first step into home cinema.
What you are watching (your source material) will make a big difference in the quality of your image. A low quality signal into your projector will most likely look like a low quality signal when projected, and on a larger screen may be even more noticeable.
The contrast ratio is the ratio between the white and black parts in an image. The larger the contrast ratio of a projector, the greater the difference between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks a projector can show and the better its ability to create an image with depth to it. A contrast rating of 1000:1 would imply that the black level is 1000 times darker than the white.
You might wonder why black has any brightness at all – this is just because all projectors emit light ‘leakage’ to some degree. A higher contrast ratio implies that there is less light leakage, which means your image appears less faded.
Current standards are seeing home cinema projectors reaching contrast ratios of 200,000 : 1 – now that’s going to produce some seriously deep blacks on screen!
Brightness is measured in lumen s and for dedicated home cinema projectors, brightness typically ranges from 1000 – 4000 lumens, with most home cinema type projectorso them between 1000 and 1800 lumens. The important thing to remember here is that brightness is not king when it comes to home cinema – to get a real “cinema feel” you should really look at how you can reduce ambient light hitting the screen before you consider brightness as a criteria in your projector purchase.
From a basic projector installation to large venue incorporating installed PA sound , AV integration Large or small project we are happy to help call today for free planing and quotation
All makes supplied and installed : not sure what projector you need for your project ?call us for expert impartial advice
If there is a high level of ambient light or you do not plan to have the lighting controlled with blinds and controlled lighting then you will need a higher lumen projector. For low level ambient light 1200-1600 lumens should be sufficient. In a controlled environment (blackout blinds or heavy lined curtains and controlled lighting not in the direction of the screen) then anything from 1000 lumens and upwards will be more than adequate.
If you are new to home cinema or projectors in general, when we talk about 16:9 or 4:3 projectors or projection screen formats, we’re talking about the rectangular shape of the image or screen, or what’s more commonly known as its aspect ratio. The standard TV / TV signal that’s been around since the 1950’s has an aspect ratio of 4:3. In layman’s terms that means the picture is 4 units wide for every 3 units of height. Meanwhile, the new HDTV standard is 16:9, which is 16 units of width for every 9 units of height. So HDTV’s 16:9 is a rectangle that is, relatively speaking, horizontally wider than 4:3 which by comparison look almost square
The native aspect ratio of the home cinema projectors we sell are 16:9. So you have probably guessed that when buying a projection screen for it you will want to match it to a 16:9 format. You can of course use a home cinema projector with a 4:3 screen but the end result is approximately 25% of the screen will be unused.
We do get a lot of people saying to us they want to get a home cinema projector (which has a native 16:9 format) but have a lot of old movie collections (which are in 4:3 format) what screen do they get? The simple answer is this. Most people are opting for a 16:9 screen since it is a good compromise that fits a lot of movie formats without too much letterboxing (black bars left and right of the image where there is unused projection screen), not to mention it fits all HDTV programming and high definition sources perfectly.
So you know which screen format you want – what about the size?
Bear in mind that bigger does not necessarily mean better. If you have ever sat in the front row of a cinema and walked out with a stiff neck, you’ll know what we mean! To find the ideal screen size for the projector you have selected – launch the screen size calculator tool (this can be found on the page of the projector you have selected)
As long as you know your available throw distance (the distance between the front of the projector and the area you are projecting onto) the tool will do the rest for you and return the results providing you with your screen dimensions
The types of connection that your projector is capable of accepting determines the quality of your image, how easy it is to set up and how good your set-up will look. All home cinema projectors will have an input for standard definition sources (composite or component video inputs). If you have high definition sources such as PlayStation 3, Blu Ray DVD Player or Sky HD then look for home cinema projectors that have a HDMI input as this is the one you will need.
So you have got your projector and screen all set up – what about the sound? None of the dedicated home cinema projectors we sell have on-board speakers. You need to route the sound output of your source such as a Ps3, XBOX 360, Apple TV or Blue Ray DVD to a separate sound system.
we would recommend for a home cinema setup a 5.1 AV receiver this will give you a fully immersive Home cinema experience .
LCD Projector and DLP projector are the two major types of projectors. Though you may not be normally concerned by technologies used in a projector, they suddenly become important when you need to buy a projector for your home. LCD and DLP are the major technologies being used today, and each has its own advantages and drawbacks. It makes sense then to know the features of both the kinds of projectors to choose one that better suits your requirements.
DLP stands for digital light projection. It makes use of spinning wheel that is made up of 3 primary colours and some secondary colours. This colour spinning wheel is designed to create vivid colours. A mercury bulb or an LCD array is used to produce bright light, which is bounced off a chipset containing thousands of small mirrors, and then passed through a prism. Each small or micro mirror is equivalent of a single pixel. What is amazing is the fact that each mirror has a specific purpose and can be told its job by an internal processor.
These projectors make use of liquid crystal panels that contain a semi solid material representing primary colours. When current passes through these crystals, they twist and twirl, partially blocking the light thus producing lots of colours and shades of black.
Both DLP and LCD are used in TV’s, computer monitors and in particular projectors. DLP technology has been developed by Texas Instruments which is a company also manufacturing semiconductors and other computer equipment.
Talking about drawbacks, LCD suffers from screen door effect which is in simple terms, gap between pixels. However, this flaw is removed while watching high resolution TV’s. DLP on the other hand has soft edges because of the reflective nature of the pictures. It also has a better contrast than LCD which is why it is being preferred over LCD by cinema halls and movie lovers at home. However, DLP suffers from rainbow effect which is rapid changes in light conditions that cause headaches to some people. LCD, on the other hand produces red, blue and gren images constantly thus not causing strain on eyes.
Both LCD and DLP are popular at the moment and only time will tell which of the two technologies goes on to become the dominant one in future.