Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: On the beach in Quintana Roo
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Last night I went from being an SmX screen owner to being an SmX screen USER. I had some materials staging time in already, but basically it was two hours to assemble the frame and install the screen material. No need to recap the details, but I will say that I *did* read the instructions and that I, even as a first-timer for doing anything like this, had zero problems. Everything went exactly the way it was supposed to. I will say that regardless of how much space you have, there's a good chance that you will still be cramped. With enough included screen material to do a 20° skew on a 110" wide 2.35:1 screen, I found that I needed a 15' x 12' area. A little trick I needed to get the skew angle correct without having a protractor was to google and find a triangle calculator that allowed me to enter two "sides" - I arbitrarily used 60" for both - and to read the third side. In this case it was 18" and gave me about a 17.25° skew. I simply pivoted the material until, 60" from the frame corner, the material was 18" away from my reference point. I will also say that the experience I gained in covering my absorbers and velco'd false wall covers with GOM was valuable in "working" the screen material to get it even and relatively taut.
My current projector is a Sony VPL-HS20. Previous screen was a 92" wide microperfed Stewart Firehawk (w/1.3 gain). After readjusting my projector and zooming and focusing, I saw a picture that was vibrant and actually seemed brighter. My source was a BD30 running through a DVDO VP50Pro outputting a custom 1366x768. And this morning I zoomed a 2.35:1 movie - Spider Man 3 -to fill most of the screen and the image was still nice and bright. I have a still-in-the-box Panamorph UH380 and the RS2 tops my list of upgrades.
"The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed." W. Gibson
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