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Hey guys,

I'm planning on buying 110" screen for my 5m length HT room.

I would like to mask out the sides of the screen when I watch 1.85:1 movies/shows or when I play games.

Buying an anamorphic lens isn't really an option is it cost an arm and leg.

My questions is, if people are in a limited budget, yet they still want the 2.35:1 screens, what's the best option to mask the sides out ?

Are there any plans to produce projectors that support both ratios ?

P.S. I haven't bought a projector yet, but I will buy one soon (no idea what brand/model though)..

Cheers :)

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There are a couple of projectors on the market that will meet your needs. I am understanding that you want to watch 16:9 content a well as scope. I would suggest either the Panasonic PT-AE4000 or the Mitsubishi HC-6800. Both are Full HD projectors, LCD and offer excellent picture quality in both scope and 16:9 format. I have the HC-6800 and I am thrilled. You can zoom in and out to get the correct ratio. Only thing to consider is that you are not using all of the available pixels with the zoom function.

Check out a website called Anamorphic Research. They are the old Home Theater Brothers and sell good single prism lens for less than $1000, and with the Aussie dollar the way it is, you will notice a big jump up in performance with even a basic lens.

Hope that helps.

Greg

Hey guys,

I'm planning on buying 110" screen for my 5m length HT room.

I would like to mask out the sides of the screen when I watch 1.85:1 movies/shows or when I play games.

Buying an anamorphic lens isn't really an option is it cost an arm and leg.

My questions is, if people are in a limited budget, yet they still want the 2.35:1 screens, what's the best option to mask the sides out ?

Are there any plans to produce projectors that support both ratios ?

P.S. I haven't bought a projector yet, but I will buy one soon (no idea what brand/model though)..

Cheers :)

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Are there any plans to produce projectors that support both ratios ?

The discussion of a native Scope projector often raises its head. Whilst a 2560 x 1080 imaging chip could be manufactured, it is the optical limitations that have kept these from being reality. In essence, it would be cheaper to buy a quality 16:9 projector and high quality anamorphic lens than it would be to buy a native Scope projector.

Side masking panels are useful, however it really comes down to what type of program you watch most of. In my case, I didn't both with side masks on my current screen as they were open more times than they were closed when I did have them due to the amount of Scope content I watch.

Zooming would require both side masks and top/bottom masks to hide the light spill when viewing Scope.

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The discussion of a native Scope projector often raises its head. Whilst a 2560 x 1080 imaging chip could be manufactured ...

Isn't all available Scope content 1920 by ~850, thus making more sense for the projector to have that res?

Do standards allow 2560*1080@24p content on a Blu-Ray disc, or out the HDMI port of a player?

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Wouldn't a 130 be better for a 5-metre long room?

If you were seated against the back wall. I would have thought that 110 inch was perfect. We have a 5.5m length and are planning for a 100 inch stepped up from 92 ! :mellow:

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If you were seated against the back wall. I would have thought that 110 inch was perfect. We have a 5.5m length and are planning for a 100 inch stepped up from 92 ! :mellow:

If your room is wide and tall enough, for 5.5m length 130" - 140" screen is perfect. From what I have seen it makes a huge difference.

Cheers

Dham

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