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#151567 - 11/17/06 02:04 PM Home Theater Projection Screens
Amie Offline

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Just running an informal poll here and would love your feedback.
Do you have / are you getting a projection screen?
Only one choice allowed


Votes accepted starting: 11/17/06 02:03 PM
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What size screen do you have / are you getting?
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#151568 - 11/17/06 04:05 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: Amie]
JasonB Offline
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I have a 48" x 64" (80" diagonal) screen.
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#151569 - 11/17/06 04:49 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: JasonB]
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Just hung a new Stewart Firehawk, 40 X 96 – 2.35/1 screen on my wall today. Then my AVR died on me before I even got to try it out…….just my luck. I think it's a time for a shot.....or two, or three.
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#151570 - 11/17/06 04:54 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: michael_d]
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#151571 - 11/17/06 06:05 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: Amie]
gbondioli Offline
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Due to many, many design constraints, I've decided on a 49 X 100 inch Stewart Firehawk (2.04 aspect ratio?). This will allow me to cover as much area (H x W) as possible. I will not have a masking system. I will then adjust picture size based on the source.

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#151572 - 11/17/06 06:11 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: gbondioli]
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#151573 - 11/17/06 08:31 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: Amie]
bridgman Offline
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I'm running a 49" x 96" piece of Formica and zooming when I go from 2.35 to 1.85 or 1.33 aspect ratio. That works out to roughly :

2.35:1 - 96" x 41", or 104" diagonal

1.85:1 - 91" x 49", or 103" diagonal

Those numbers might not be correct but you get the idea. Anyways, 2.35 and 16:9 movies end up about the same overall size and both are very watchable from the same viewing distance.

EDIT -- I guess that puts me solidly in the 103" diagonal camp. I'm not voting again, that was too much work


Edited by bridgman (11/17/06 08:38 PM)
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#151574 - 11/17/06 10:57 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: bridgman]
Haoleb Offline
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Have ordered a 110" 16x9 Screen Research clearpix 2 motorized screen for my parents theater. So far thats the only think left keeping it from being finished. Takes 6 weeks to come custom made from france.
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#151575 - 11/17/06 10:57 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: Amie]
Ajax Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
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Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
OK! How come there are 25 votes for "Have one" and "Hope to get one," but there's 29 total votes for "What size screen do you have/are you getting?"?
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#151576 - 11/17/06 11:04 PM Re: Home Theater Projection Screens [Re: Amie]
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All the choices were a 1.78 (16:9) aspect ratio, which is for HDTV, so I selected "other". Most DVD's are in 1.85 or 2.35 and abover ratio, like in the theaters.

Anyway, I have a constant height setup, using a 2.35 DIY (Cinemascope) screen which is 51" x 120" and an Anamorphic Lens from Prismasonic, and a HTPC to do the proper scaling to reclaim the lost pixels used by black bars (letterbox) on the top/bottom.

"Constant Height" means that ALL aspect ratios share the same height, just the width changes. It is MUCH easier to mask off the sides of a screen, than the top and bottom, using curtains or whatever.

So standard 4:3 (1.33ar), 1.78 (HDTV), 1.85-2.35+ (DVD's) all share the same height. Once your able to experience a true cinemescope movie with no black bars, just like in the theaters, you will never go back to 16:9 screens.
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