16:9 or 4:3 Projector?

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  1. Christopher M

    Christopher M Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm looking at a Front Projection setup. I'll only be using it to watch DVD's (progressive), and maybe play some PS2. Should I go for a native 4:3, or 16:9?
    Right now I'm leaning towards the InFocus X1, which is 4:3, but supports the 16:9. I figure I can just manually mask the screen for 16:9 stuff.
    Also, I have a fairly long throw for the projector, and the infocus matches up well with that.

    I'm looking for advantages to each. I read an article about them on projectorcentral, and thats what had me leaning towards the 4:3.

    Murdock
     
  2. KevinFC

    KevinFC Stunt Coordinator

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    Murdock,
    Also check AVSForum they have a lot of stuff about projectors. It is the brother forum to this one.
     
  3. Neil Joseph

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    A lot depends on what you want to watch. For me personally, I watch primarily widescreen so I want a projector that can take full advantage of its panels in reproducing that without wasting it producing the black bars. Take a quick read in this article... 16x9 vs. 4x3 - Which type of equipment setup should I select?
     
  4. Christopher M

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    See, one thing for me is my screen width is fixed. 90" wide is as big as I can go. That would be with a 12' viewing distance.
    So, I can get 4:3 at 90" wide, and 16:9 at 90" wide. So, I'm really not giving up much either way.

    Murdock
     
  5. Michael Mathius

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    Since my primary viewing habbit is dvds and hdtv I went with a 16:9 screen. Once you get your projector, I think you will be doing the same.
     

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