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I have sold my Dwin HDP-500 CRT projector and Transcanner and I am replacing them with the current/latest models, the HD-700 and Transcanner 2.
I still have my Stewart Studiotech 1.3 gain screen, 4:3 aspect ratio,
I am staying 80" wide with my new stuff. I am staying 1.3 gain.
I want masking, so that video, whether 16:9 HDTV, 1.85 DVDs, and 2.35 DVDs, are perfectly masked with black felt to the top and bottom of the screen. This means for me a movable mask, apparently motorized.
(Guys and Gals, I am lazy - I'm not gonna build the mask stuff myself like Guy Kuo did (to his absolute credit), I just wanna replace my screen with one that does this for me.)
I'm still debating the screen being 4:3 vs 16:9. I've had a pretty darn nice 4:3 picture over the larger size screen. With a 4:3 screen, the screen is 80" W by 60" H, or 4800 square inches. But with a 16:9 screen and the 4:3 centered within, the 4:3 part will be 60" H by 45" W, or 2700 square inches. The latter is a 44% smaller screen! I understand that by keeping the larger 4:3 screen, I can avoid CRT burn-in, much more likely to occur is say 50% of time I watch 4:3 material centered in 16:9 screen. And I can still do a projector memory if I want squeezing picture size down to that smaller
2700 square inches 4:3 picture frame if I want, blanking the sides left and right.
Also, its my understanding that if I get a 16:9 screen,then the masking will only be from the top down the sides to get a 4:3 screen within; I don't think I've seen any 16:9 screens with masking at top and bottom to aspect ratios of 1.85 and 2.35.
So what screens do you folks recommend and why???