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Ask Da-Lite about ordering the screen with the amount of drop you require. From the Da-Lite catalog:
Drop is available on most Da-Lite wall, ceiling and electric screens. Drop is extra fabric added to the top or bottom of the screen to adjust the screen surface to normal viewing heights. Drop can be specified in either black or white.

It's most disappointing. I shall have to go all-out on some modifications.
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Scott,

I think you can order the 80"x45" pull down screen with an additional 15" of drop that can be black fabric to begin with. This sounds like exactly what you want, correct?



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Dalite, along with any other screen company, can easily add your needed drop to any screen. There is just a small upcharge to do this. You would definitely be better off getting the drop you need in black rather than just ordering a different format or larger screen.

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I need to have a budget pull down screen with the maximum width of 80 inches, so I'm looking at buying a Da-Lite Model B in the 16:9 aspect ratio (80 X 45). However, my wife thinks that where I need to mount the screen casing will put the picture too high. Is there anything wrong with getting the 80 x 60 model to effectively "lower" the 16:9 viewing area by 15 inches? If I plan to watch almost all 16:9 material, can I paint the extra 15 inches black?

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Does anyone know how much drop is standard on the Model B? I think it's 2 inches. Can anyone confirm it? Thanks.
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I have a model b pulldown in the highpower (120" diagonal), and this is exactly what I do. I'm just a inch or less off of a 16x9 (1024x567) screen. This way I can pull it down for 4x3 BIG screen TV.

I have a really simple masking system. I affixed black velvet to the bottom of the pulldown (on the bar) long enough to drape to the floor when I need 16x9. I have draped black velvet over the screens casing to hide the white, and have black velvet curtains on the side. It works really well and is super easy to use. The only problem is I need to add to my side curtains width for masking of 4x3 images displayed within the 16x9.

If you wanted perfect 16x9 then you could always place a hook on the wall and use that to give you a stoping point between the screens 6" stops.

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I've got another question...

If I had a 4:3 (80"x60") Model B, will I be able to use it for watching 16:9 material by pulling it only partway to produce a 16:9 (80"x45") screen? Does it have a roller stop at this aspect ratio? Or will it automatically retract back to its case if it's not pulled all the way?

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