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Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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Well, if you use only a Top "Horizontal" masking screen made from a Retractable Blind assembly, that would be easiest, by allowing you to simply shift the image down so the "Blind" just pulls down to the top edge of the image. Dual Horizontal masking would be / is quite difficult.
You are right...many are loathe to give up on a bigger 16:9 image, unless they have considerable "side to side" room to expand the 2.35:1 image enough to increase the 16:9 height along with such.
In any case, it's your own preferences that matter here.
However according to my figures, at 312 cm throw distance you cannot get anything bigger than 223 cm "wide" and that is only by maxing out your zoom...which is at least not wholly advisable. You need 10% left for formatting adjustments as well as maintaining optimal optical quality.
Even going down to 214 cm wide, I would suggest against considering a screen with less than 1.0 gain. The JVC employs an adjustable Iris along with it's superb Panels to get your Blacks into the cellar, but the lamp will age, and it's better to fully calibrate to a very light, 1.0 gain Gray, and run on low lamp. That givers you the best Blacks and longer Lamp life.
The DLA-X35 is a US Distributed unit so I'm supposing you brought it over with you or had it shipped in special.
Talking Screens.....can you paint onto the wall, or is a Substrate necessary? How high is the ceiling over the Screen? Your Screen size isn't huge, so it's height...if centered on the wall, shouldn't present too overly bad a reflection onto the Ceiling.
If your satisfied with watching primarily in almost absolute Light controlled darkness, and you have non-reflective room surfaces, then a very light neutral Gray tint mixed into Dulux "Light & Space" Matte White Interior Enamel (water based) should get you exactly where you want to be. Spray it on if at all possible, as you do not want the JVC's pristine, pixel-free image to be corrupted by texture or ("GAAAAA !!!"") roller marks.
To quote James T. Kirk;
"I'm laughing at the superior intellect"