Originally Posted by smokarz
Why go backward with a 4:3? I would def get a 16:9.
Thanks, but I don't really think of it as backwards -- consider these two screens:
- 73" 16:9 screen (36" x 64"), the equivalent 4:3 diagonal will be 60"
- 80" 4:3 screen (48" x 64"), the equivalent 16:9 diagonal would be the same as the first screen, 73".
Both screens are 64" wide, but the 80" 4:3 is one foot taller -- if I'm showing stills shot in 4:3 (especially in portrait mode) or an old movie, I can get a lot more screen real estate with a 4:3 screen while getting the exact same 16:9 diagonal size when showing widescreen material.
My question is specifically about how bright the pillarboxes are on the 8100 -- would those areas which would spill off the screen illuminate the light-colored wall/bookcase a couple feet behind my screen if I zoomed in on a 4:3 screen? Would you be able to see them in a darkened room, but not one with some ambient light? My understanding that is that the better the projector, the blacker the black -- even though pillarboxes are black, they are still part of the image signal. If what was spilled off the screen was too distracting, I'd just budget for a larger 16:9 screen and not zoom out on the 4:3 material.