I recently posted concerning a DIY screen versus a store bought screen but didn't get any responses. In any case, I think I am leaning towards the DIY route with Wilsonart laminate. I am hoping to get some comments on my plans/ideas.
First off, I think I am going to use the 8020 system. I am not sure if white or grey would work better, so I plan to make the screen two sided with Designer White on one side and Fashion Grey on the other. I can design the mounting system so that it shouldn't be too tough to switch it around, but it probably wouldn't be something that you would do on a whim either.
Second, I can't decide which size and aspect ratio to go with. I am constrained in both height and width due to the screen being located in an alcove and having to be above the media stand and center speaker (~34" off the ground). Respective maximum viewable screen dimensions are 94" wide and 45" high. Basically, what that comes down to is a 2.35:1 setup with viewing area of 94x40 or a 16:9 with a 80x45 viewing area. The problems come when I want to view something in a ratio other than how the screen was designed which will result in a smaller screen. One possible idea that I came up with to work around this is to make the screen the full 94x45 and design a vertical and horizontal masking system to be able to make the screen whatever size I want within the maximum dimensions. Problem with that is first, I don't want my wife and kids to have to deal with adjusting the masking all the time, and second, I am not sure how to design a masking system such as that which would be easy to use, precise, and good looking too. Finally, I should point out that the projector is going to be mounted higher than the top edge of the screen and my understanding is that that could create issues. (not sure on projector yet but I'm thinking the Panasonic AEU4000 or alternatively, the Epson 8350 if I want to save some money).
What should I do? My gut now is telling me to go with the over sized screen and worse case, I will just string some curtains up to reduce it to a 16:9 ratio screen. If I did go with the over sized screen I probably wouldn't even need any trim and I could just use the masking system/curtains to cover the edges of the 8020 frame and laminate. In any case, I have included a picture of the area (it is an older picture and I have since built some new speakers as depicted in the following Autocad drawing) and I have included an AutoCad drawing showing the over sized screen (viewing area only) and how it would be broken down for 2.35:1 and 16:9 ratios. Everything is drawn to scale in the Autocad drawing and the center IS going to be on top of the media stand.
Thanks for any advice and feel free to comment or ask questions,
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