Good Source for Masking Options/Info?

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    Hi everyone -

    I'm a complete and total newbie, so please forgive me if I'm asking a totally idiotic question. I've been lurking here for a few days and have read the FAQ and honestly, I know a lot more now than I did when I started reading yesterday (though you might find that hard to believe) but I still have a number of questions.

    We're finishing out our basement to include a dedicated home theater. With a great sound system already available (from our current setup upstairs) we're looking to go low to mid-end with a front projection setup.

    I'm eyeing the InFocus X1 (at its current price, who isn't?) and everything I've read about screens indicates that the Stewart Firehawk is one of the best screens out there for the money. We really don't want to build our own, and the Firehawk seems to minimize some of the standard DLP projector issues.

    My question is this: I keep reading about masking. I know what it is FOR but not how it is practically applied. Is it something you can attach physically to the screen?

    After reading http://www.projectorcentral.com/formats.htm I'm considering going 4:3 on the screen, and getting the widest possible screen for 4:3 and then projecting 16:9 on it when we view widescreen movies. So naturally I will want to mask the top and bottom of the screen when we do that.

    I'm just trying to figure out how this is done and what the best options are. I'm sure I'm going to have many questions down the line. Our contractor starts work next Tuesday so I figure that gives me at least six weeks to continue researching.

    Thanks!

    Cat
     
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    Anyone? Anyone? (Bueller?)
     

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