Audio tips add an interactive projector throw distance calculator

Audio Advice, the North Carolina-based home electronics retailer, has developed a free interactive projector throw distance calculator. The 3D tool provides consumers and home theater installers with the ideal projector placement to achieve optimal image brightness for different screen sizes in their home theater designs.

The Projector Throw Distance Calculator allows a user to interactively change the screen size, screen gain, and chosen projector to calculate the throw distance. Users can modify any entry and see the impact on the design.

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Audio Advice’s showrooms in Raleigh and Charlotte feature retail space showcasing a range of audio and acoustic technologies, including one of the best selections of high-performance products in the United States. The company also has one of the fastest growing consumer electronics e-commerce sites in the United States.

The projector selection tool

Audio Advice’s web-based calculator uses projector-specific measurements from the dealer’s internal test lab, providing a more accurate result than using marketing specifications that differ from brand to brand. The tool saves consumers and installers time by providing a minimum, maximum, and ideal throw distance for a given room setup and projector.

Additionally, Audio Advice has tested the noise level of projectors, allowing users of the tool to choose the right projector and find the right mounting location in their room to minimize unwanted decibels for viewers.

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Scott Newnam, CEO of Audio Advice

“Consumers and installers know that brands use different standards to indicate their lumens and other specs, but most don’t have the resources to test that many projectors on their own. For example, we calculated the actual brightness of the projectors and measured the drop in brightness as the projectors move away from the screen,” said Scott Newnam, CEO of Audio Advice. “What a lot of people don’t know is that every projector has a different brightness loss as the projector moves away from the screen. By integrating this data into the tool and providing fan noise levels, consumers and installers can now quickly find the ideal projector and projector location for their project. »

The tool even includes projector-specific horizontal and vertical offsets for situations where you need to place the projector off center or potentially higher than normal. In real time, the tool produces a final brightness level that allows users to assess whether the chosen projector works in their setup and is sufficient for HDR viewing.

For consumers and installers looking to design an entire cinema, Audio Advice has simultaneously integrated the same projector data into its patent-pending free home theater designer. Users can now quickly model an acoustically correct home theater system, including speaker, seat, and riser locations, as well as find the ideal projector and projector position. Installers who have already designed a theater and just need to know the correct placement of the projector will use the Projector Throw Distance Calculator, while those who are designing a complete system from scratch will use the Home Theater Designer.

Audio Advice offers a full suite of free home theater design and education tools, including a comprehensive set of home theater buying guides, how-to videos, inspiration gallery, installation videos home theater, and more.

The Audio Advice Throw Distance Calculator is online today and completely free.

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