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Hi!

I am looking to buy a 120 inch screen but have a quick question. What is the difference between the 4:3 and the 16:9 screen size?

I am buying this screen for watching movies and I wanted to make sure I can watch movies in Widescreen. Can you still watch in Widescreen in 4:3?

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Native Resolultion: XGA (1024 x 768)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Native, 16:9 & 16:10 compatible



Thanks for any advice!!
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Hi!
I am looking to buy a 120 inch screen but have a quick question. What is the difference between the 4:3 and the 16:9 screen size?
I am buying this screen for watching movies and I wanted to make sure I can watch movies in Widescreen. Can you still watch in Widescreen in 4:3?
Projector Specs:
Native Resolultion: XGA (1024 x 768)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Native, 16:9 & 16:10 compatible
Thanks for any advice!!

Get a 16:9 screen. With a 4:3 screen you will always be wasting screen real estate. With a 4:3 screen when ever you are watching 16:9 aspect ratio material, you will have black bars at the top and bottom. When watching scope movies, you will have even larger black bars at top and bottom of the screen.

A 120" diagonal 4:3 screen is 72" x 96" When watching 16:9 movies the image will be 54" x 96" When watching 2.40 scope movies the image will be 40" x 96".
A 120" diagonal 16:9 screen is 59" x 105". When watching 16:9 aspect ratio movies the image is 59" x 105". When watching 2.40 scope movies the image will be 43.75" x 105"
With the 16:9 screen your 16:9 movies will be 19.5% larger. Your 2.40 scope movies will be 19.6% larger. It does not make much sense these days to buy a 4:3 aspect ratio screen.

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Get a 16:9 screen. With a 4:3 screen you will always be wasting screen real estate. With a 4:3 screen when ever you are watching 16:9 aspect ratio material, you will have black bars at the top and bottom. When watching scope movies, you will have even larger black bars at top and bottom of the screen.
A 120" diagonal 4:3 screen is 72" x 96" When watching 16:9 movies the image will be 54" x 96" When watching 2.40 scope movies the image will be 40" x 96".
A 120" diagonal 16:9 screen is 59" x 105". When watching 16:9 aspect ratio movies the image is 59" x 105". When watching 2.40 scope movies the image will be 43.75" x 105"
With the 16:9 screen your 16:9 movies will be 19.5% larger. Your 2.40 scope movies will be 19.6% larger. It does not make much sense these days to buy a 4:3 aspect ratio screen.



Thank you for your great advice!!
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If you have a screen like a Stewart Electriscreen with Electrimask, then black bars are not really an issue! I have a new one for sale but it's 4:3 100" frown.gif Unfortantly I need a 110" 16:9 since my projector is 16:9 native rolleyes.gif
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