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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Tuco

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Posted December 24 2009 - 06:15 AM

Work has started on my home theater.  I have a Panasonic 3000 with a 103" 2.35 screen that will be wall mounted.  Add a Denon 3808 receiver, Oppo Blu-ray player and a 5.1 Aperion speaker system, and I think I have the makings of a pretty satisfying viewing experience.  BUT...I watch a lot of "old" movies.  You know - black and white, 4.3, monaural sound.  So if I'm not watching the latest dumb-ass Hollywood thangs-blowin'-up-good movie, does it make sense to have a ceiling-mounted 4.3 screen to watch Humphrey Bogart??  Seats will be 12 and 14 feet from the screen.


#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Joseph Bolus

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Posted December 24 2009 - 06:29 AM

 I would go with the proposed pull-down 4:3 screen.  After all, you have the perfect projector for this kind of application due to the AE-3000's highly touted "Lens Memory" system.  



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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted December 24 2009 - 07:00 AM

Of course, you'll have to go through life with everyone calling you Lou "Two Screens" Jackson, but if you can deal with that... 

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Leo Kerr

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Posted December 24 2009 - 02:40 PM

The other "classical" solution is to have adjustable black curtains that you can pull in on the sides to make your 103" 2.35:1 screen a 55" (or whatever) 1.33:1 screen.




#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Tuco

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Posted December 26 2009 - 03:55 AM

Sorry, I didn't phrase my question properly.  Given the dimensions of the 2.35 screen ( 40.5" x 95.2"), and distance to viewers (12 and 14 feet), will a 4.3 picture still look okay?  I can't wrap my head around the math!


#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Mark-P

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Posted December 26 2009 - 11:49 AM

Do you want to maintain a constant height aspect ratio? If so, there is no need for a second screen, a pair of curtains will do. That is how I use my 2.35:1 screen - all movies are the same height, just the width changes. But if you feel 1.33:1 pictures are too small on your 2.35:1 screen then of course you'll need a secondary one. It's really a matter of what your personal preference is.

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Leo Kerr

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Posted December 30 2009 - 03:52 AM

If you're concerned about the math, a 1.33:1 image, full-height on your 2.35:1 screen will be just about 54" wide.  This gives a diagonal of about 67.5". 

This, to me, sounds plenty big. 

It also has the added advantage -- particularly if you do have masking curtains -- of impressing people with the rather sudden difference between classic "square" pictures versus a proper Cinemascope picture.

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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Tuco

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Posted December 31 2009 - 05:53 AM

Thanks for all of the responses!




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