I'm looking to upgrade my screen. Currently I have a Da-Lite Model B (Matte White), and a Da-Lite Perm-Wall 80x60 (16:9, Hi-Contrast material). I recently swapped my Infocus LP340 for an NEC LT150. The Perm-Wall is mounted directly behind the Model-B, centered.
The idea was that when I watch 4:3 (or use my HTPC), I can use the Model B. When I watch 16:9 material, I can pull up the screen and use the Perm-Wall. This works fine, but I have a couple of issues: The Hi-Contrast material is too dark with the LT150, and the 16:9 screen isn't masked.
This setup is in my living room, and I'm trying to make it "not ugly". I tried to make some masking panels out of foam board and black fabric, but it ended up looking rather unprofessional. I really don't want to have my wall covered in black...
What I would like is a simple manual pull-down screen, that I can hang from the ceiling about a foot from the wall (to hide the "halos" from my DLP). I would like the pulldown screen to have some retractable masks on the top and bottom, so that I can adjust the masking for 16:9, 4:3, or whatever format a particular movie is shot in.
Does such a beast exist? And is it affordable? To simply swap my Hi-Contrast material for Hi-Power material is in the $300 region... I'm willing to spend more for an elegant solution that involves only one screen.