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Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: W Simsbury, CT, USA
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Hi Mike, I emailed you earlier this year to get some pricing, and I may be contacting you again soon. At that time, I was looking to put this in my loft, but I've since decided (I think) to move everything to the main living room area.
From what I was told by the Da-Lite rep, when adding a "lot" of extra masking, they heat seam it on, while with a small amount of masking, it's painted on. He said that they don't paint it on for larger areas because it can affect the weight and therefore how it hangs. But the heat seam method supposedly has this other potential issue (the "ladder effect").
I was planning on double-checking with them today to see what their limit is (i.e., how many inches of masking) before they decide to switch from the paint-on method to the heat-seamed method. I'm thinking I may have them paint on as much as they're able to, and then deal with the gray bars, or custom masking, or not retracting the screen fully, or who knows. Maybe I'll even end up with a 2.0:1 screen and take more of a constant image area approach.
Or I may just stick with 16:9, in case I decide to upgrade in the future to a 3D projector (I already tried an Epson 3010 before getting my 8350, but had mixed feelings about 3D and the 3010 didn't have enough placement flexibility). With 3D, it seems like 16:9 is the norm, so maybe I'm better off sticking with 16:9, anyway.
I'd much rather watch a great movie in B&W at 240 lines of resolution than a lousy movie in 1080p with lossless audio.