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#276019 - 10/23/09 02:57 PM A couple of front projection questions....
RickF Offline
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OK you front projection gooroos I have a couple of questions if you don't mind...

Do most or all screens come in uniform sizes? Using the Projector Central throw distance calculator it seems like the screen size can vary considerably by the throw distance ... does one typically choose a screen size based on the viewing room and available space for a screen, a standard size or the aspect ratio of the projector?

Are any of you familiar with either remote/electric or manual pull down screens and requirements for mounting?

In my limited research it looks like maybe the run of the mill aspect ratio is 16:9 and it also looks as though the Panasonic PT-AE3000 would be a very good projector to have?

Forgive my ignorance but I know absolutely diddly squat about front projectors so therefore I am open to all tips, suggestions and comments. \:\)
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#276023 - 10/23/09 03:16 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: RickF]
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Sounds like someone's getting upgradeitis \:D
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#276026 - 10/23/09 03:34 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: Adrian]
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Finance department OK'ed my requisition for a front projection system as well as an updated AVR ... took a lot of time, hard physical work and bribes to get it done though. \:\)


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#276028 - 10/23/09 03:45 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: RickF]
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Sounds like you know your way around unmovable obstacles! ;\)
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#276031 - 10/23/09 04:11 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: Micah]
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Screen Mfg companies usually offer 16:9, 2.35:1 (Cinemascope), and 2:1 screen sizes. I prefer a 2.35 screen as most of the good movies are in this format, and I hate black bars on the top and bottom of a 16:9 screen. The new Panny has a built in feature that adjusts for a 16:9 and 2.35 screen, so in my opinion, you would be better off with 2.35, then you have the best of both worlds.

The displayed image size has to do with throw distance, and where you have the zoom set. Most projectors have a 2:1 Zoom, so at any given throw distance you can basically double the image size from the lowest zoom to the highest. You don't want a HUGE screen if your going to sit close, you will be darting your eyes left/right and getting headaches.

At 13 ft (front row) and 16ft (back row) my image is 130" diag for 2.35 movies and around 96" diag for 16:9 television.
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#276033 - 10/23/09 04:42 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: SirQuack]
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Randy it looks like I'll have about 100-110 inches of width for a pull down screen between the 80s, I'm thinking a 120" diagonal screen with a viewing distance of around 12-14' ... I could go a little larger but I don't want to expand the 80's too close to the side walls.

Whenever you say the new Panny, are referring to the AE3000?
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#276034 - 10/23/09 04:51 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: RickF]
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The latest and yet to be released, very soon, is the AE4000
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#276036 - 10/23/09 04:57 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: jakewash]
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Rick the 3000 and 4000 both have the built in adjustment, the 4000 has an option for it to auto detect the movie and adjust the aspect ratio automatically. Projector Central has a nice review comparing both of them, the 3000 is still a very nice projector, you might be able to pick one up cheaper soon...

With a 16:9 screen, your 2.35 material movies will be much smaller and have black bars on top and bottom, your 16:9 movies will be full screen. With a 2.35 screen your 2.35 movies will be full screen and 16:9 (HD broadcasts and some dvds) and 4:3 (standard tv signals) will have bars on the sides, less bothersome for me.
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#276039 - 10/23/09 05:44 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: SirQuack]
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I hope with the auto detect it can still be manually adjusted. There are two cases: If using a player or a scaler before the projector which does a better job scaling the image to constant height (the auto would never trigger, yet you still want the anamorphic lens). Or an override for stupid studios which put their subtitles in the black bars (were you'd be forced to watch with the bars and not want it switching back and forth).
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#276043 - 10/23/09 07:12 PM Re: A couple of front projection questions.... [Re: ClubNeon]
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If I remember correctly, this setting is optional in the setup menu in the 4000.
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