Originally Posted by zacjones
I have a seymourAV XD 120" wide x 50" tall 2.40:1 screen that I need to choose a projector for, doing poor man's CIH like you. Are you happy with the Panasonic on such a large screen in widescreen mode?
No, not at all. Because I don't have one.
I think at the start of the build thread, I mentioned that I was considering the Panny - but I decided to go for a used JVC RS20, for better blacks and more calibrated lumens (at the expense of not having zoom/shift memory - but still motorized). I'm very happy with the JVC. Its by no means "plasma bright" - but it is plenty strong enough to handle my screen size, even on low bulb setting. I tried high bulb again last night, but still preferred the eco mode (at least at this point - 650 hours on the bulb or so).
Originally Posted by xhibit#4
Read the whole thread,including the Screen assembly & the manual masking system by Deewan, man did you take on a mother of a project, it definitely should be in CEPRO!
I'm helping a friend with a HT, leaning towards painting the screen with a Maxx Mudd formula from the DIY screen forum, but the Seymour/Jamestown is tempting. Question: If I go your dimensional route by picking a 2.35:1 width & a 16:9 height do the black bars completely cover the parts of the screen not in use or will there be white space showing? If so won't that be annoying without masking?
Not sure what masking you're referring to - maybe mixed up with another thread you read - I don't have any masking. I may add masking at some point, but for now, the bars don't bother me much - the JVC's black levels are such that the bars are pretty dark - not dead black, but not annoyingly gray either.
Originally Posted by HopefulFred
Obviously, I'm not Brad, but I asked him if he was happy with his decision to skip masking, and he said it's working well for him, as is.
If you look closely above and below this image I'm reposting from a few pages back, you can see (especially where the pause icon is, in the lower left) that the screen is slightly less black than the border. It's tough to say from posted screen shots like this if it would bother me, but I think if it looked this good, I'd skip it as well. I tried to find a similar example from Brads posted screen shots of a 16:9 image where you could see the pillar bars, and I couldn't see the pillars in any of them.
Right, the bars are there, but they're dark enough to me at least to not be super annoying. If I could get a ready made fully automated masking system for $50, I'd do it in a heartbeat - but automated masking is either (a) extremely expensive, or (b) a very challenging DIY project.
Originally Posted by xhibit#4
Sometimes your brain can't wrap around something, this is one of them for me, the projector does not have "Smart Tech" where it knows how wide to make the outside borders of the Black bars go high or wide enough to cover the white screen left over like a traditional Flat panel would. Why is there not white screen showing in any of Brad's screen shots?
Its there, its just dark. You can see it in person, even though it is dark, but the camera can't pick it up. Trick photography.