The availability of flat panel displays in larger sizes has not necessarily led to better outcomes. In fact, in an ironic twist it has led to undersized images.

“With larger flat panel digital displays, designers have been unwittingly undersizing images & not paying enough attention to viewer distance,” said Alan C. Brawn, CTS, ISF, ISF-C, DSCE, DSDE. DCME, the principal of Brawn Consulting, in Commercial Integrator earlier this year. “This is the tendency to take the path of least resistance and simply put in a flat panel display and call it good enough all too often irrespective of the viewer.”

There are several reasons for this, including habit, budget, or not enough space.

Brawn and Randy Reece, director of audiovisual sales and marketing for Draper, will discuss this and other issues on the next episode of the Engineering Value podcast, livestreaming July 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Other topics will include:

  • Tradeoffs to consider when choosing between projection and flat panel display
  • The ability of projection screens to be used successfully in more applications and environments
  • The need/desire for ever-larger screens to display images and content
  • Just how large screens should be for the ideal experience, depending on the application
  • Projection screen technologies that have evolved to address issues such as ambient light, angle of view, etc.

Brawn and Reece encourage using the DISCAS standard. DISCAS, an ANSI standard adopted by AVIXA in 2016, stands for Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual Systems. It outlines formulas to use to determine screen size for both basic decision-making (BDM) and analytical decision making (ADM).

To hear this livestreamed podcasting event, click here to go to the Draper YouTube channel. This episode will start at 2 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, July 27.

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