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Join Date: Jan 1999
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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I just called Stewart Filmscreen and talked with Peter, who knows Alan Gouger, owner of AV Science, well!
Stewart has an 80" wide 1.3 gain screen with variable masking at the top and bottom good for any aspect ratio, including HDTV 16:9, 1.85, 2.0, 2.35, etc. Works by a wall switch. Or extra with a remote.
Stewart also has a 16:9 screen with 4 way masking system, meaning masking both from top to bottom and side to side. With this screen, leave the side masking alone, and use the top and bottom masking to mask from original HDTV 16:9, to 1.85, 2.0, 2.35, etc. Or leave the top and bottom masking alone, and use the side masking to go to 4:3 or anything else. This would be real nice with local OTA broadcasts, as some of them stretch the picture just a bit, beyond 4:3 somewhat.
Now this has got me to thinking. With my DTC-100 and its OTA digital/HD tuner, I haven't thought much about this lately. But I mostly watch 4:3 stuff now on the OTA digital channels, and they send out signal blanking the sides to the 16:9 borders. Doesn't this mostly alleviate my concern about 4:3 stuff causing CRT burn-in. Hey, I think maybe I'll go all the way
for a 4 way mask.
"Doug Winsor" used to troll at some AV Forums as "Steve Bruzonsky"! My home theater at:
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