LED Video Wall Pixel Pitch Comparison – Side By Side
Does LED video wall pixel size really matter? In many cases, surprisingly not. Content quality is far more important. Here’s what we’ve found…
LED video wall manufactures are racing to provide lighter LED tiles with the smallest LED bulbs and better overall LED technology. And yes the difference between the newest 1.8 pixel pitch tiles and the older 3.9 pixel pitch tiles is significant. The smaller the pixel pitch the higher the resolution.
But even between these extremes it’s still somewhat relative to your viewing distance, viewing angle, and ambient lighting. If most of your viewing will be within 6 to 8 feet then yes, you will notice a big difference. However if the viewing distance is 15 to 30 feet then your eye will simply see the content and not the individual LED bulbs.
Our Exhibit People 2.9/2.6 Comparison.
In our LED video wall rental inventory we have LED video wall tiles with 2.9 pixel pitch and we have two different LED video wall tiles with a pixel pitch of 2.6 -three walls in total. Comparing these two resolutions, it’s quite difficult to say one is better than the other. When the pixel pitch is this close then it’s truly quality of the content that matters.
In fact, the only way we really see a difference between LED video walls with 2.9 pixel pitch and 2.6 pixel pitches if we have these tiles set up side-by-side playing the same content. Even then, you somewhat feel you need some kind of metering device to measure quality because to your eye they look very much the same.
Our 2.9 pixel pitch tiles have a blacker surface mask which is appealing to the eye, blacks look blacker. In addition, it’s a well-known fact that the larger the pixel pitch the brighter your video wall can be, so for some people that additional brightness translates into a better looking video image.
The sweet spot in pixel pitch seems to be the 2.6 pixel pitch for rental LED video walls. At this pitch the bulbs are small enough to give an amazing image near and far and the tiles are relatively affordable and durable enough for handling and use. Note: remember that Pixel Pitch is pixel density determined by the width of the bulb plus the black space to the next bulb. The space between bulbs becomes less and the bulbs get smaller. Other things become more important such as calibration of the tiles to ensure they are are the same color white, for example.
Content is King.
In the end it’s the content that has the biggest impact on how good the video wall screen looks. A well crafted video with beautiful high contrast images and big bold clear text always looks good across any video wall.
Over time we’ve learned a helpful pro tip to help the blacks look blacker. Simply open your video in your favorite video editing software and make sure the black level is turned down to zero. Sometimes the video artist will start with the black set to one. However, since the video wall surface is not as true black as their computer monitor, it helps to compensate by bringing the black level to zero. Simple tip but it can make a video wall have obvious improvement in color depth and color saturation.
Hope this morsel of LED video wall insight is helpful! If your interested in browsing trade show rental design ideas that feature LED video walls click here.