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Very novice question, but I just bought the Panasonic AE-8000U projector and it says it supports 16:9 aspect ratio. Im trying to determine what size screen to put in my dedicated home theater and am not sure whether I have to only get the 16:9 size or whether I should go for 2:35:1. If I buy the 2:35:1 will it still support the 16:9 format and just give me more flexibility if I end up watching a 2:35:1 movie? I had thought the only difference was that black bars appear on the screen when watching a 16:9 movie on a 2:35:1 screen. Is that correct?

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I have the Panasonic 8000 as well and a 2.35 screen. A 2.35 will support 16:9 just fine. When watching 2.35 content the screen will keep the same height as 16:9 content, but zoom to fill the entire screen. I personally like 2.35 because I want my movies to feel HUGE, immersive and larger in scope than TV shows. If you watch 16:9 content on a 2.35 screen, you'll have bars on the left and right. If you watch 2.35 content on a 16:9 you'll have bars along the top and bottom. I have more space for width rather than height so I got the biggest 2.35 I could fit (133"). This makes a 106" screen for 16:9 and I don't even realize the bars on the side. I do have a Black Diamond screen which probably helps, but you could always use masking if you get a white screen. There are some great ideas for fabric masking on these forums.
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Thanks. This is very helpful. It sounds like the 2:35:1 is the way to go. It sounds like I have a setup similar to yours where I have limited height to work with but a lot of width. I haven't paid much attention to which movies are 2:35:1 vs 16:9 when they come out on DVD or blueray but I assume it's clearly marked? Will be interesting to see how much I notice the difference.
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http://www.highdefdigest.com/blog/constant-image-height-refresher-2013/

http://www.highdefdigest.com/blog/constant-image-height-refresher-2013-part2/

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