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Does 2.35 work for this room and newb?

post #1 of 6
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Hello all
I've been lurking and researching but need the advice of the projector gurus!
This will be my first projector and I can't wait!
Here's a pic of the room from around 14' from future screen





--I plan on stretching black out cloth for a gain of about 1, will paint if needed.
--Screen is height limited, 46" is easy, 56" with some work. Will be mounted tight to a low ceiling at around 6'-7".
--The ceiling will be painted dark, surrounding walls are already.
--I have complete control of the lighting but usually like to view with low light.
--Most seats are around 10' viewing distance.
--I have 2 areas I can mount the projector. 10'-13' and 26' at the back of the room.
--This will be used for 50% 2.35:1, 50% 16:9
--I like the idea of masking the screen sides better than top and bottom.
--Epson 8350 I think.

Does 2.35 even make sense with this size screen and viewing distance?

I'm on a budget, no lenses in the budget at this time.

Is it possible to mount at 13' and get a 46" tall 2.35 image with this projector?

Does it make more sense to do a taller 16:9 and mask the top and bottom of the screen?

I guess this would make more sense to me if I understood the throw calculators better. If I enter a throw distance it gives a screen size. Is this set in stone? Or does the zoom give a + and - to this screen size, and how much variability is there with the zoom?

I'm sure there will be more questions, I appreciate any help!

Thanks,
Brad
post #2 of 6
I would say go with the 2.35:1 screen as it is easier to mask the sides rather than top and bottom. Plus in the future if you get a lens you won't need to get a new screen. As for the calculator, are you using the calculator pro at projectorcentral.com? You are correct about the zoom increasing and/or decreasing the screen size. The variability with zoom is based on each PJ, some offer 2x some 1.5x etc. As for the 13' mounting distance question, I'll have to get back to you later as I'm on my ipad and can't use the calculator pro since apple and adobe are immature.

-Sean


EDIT: According to the calculator pro, yes you can have a 13' throw with the 8350 and get a "zoomed" (no anamorphic lens) 46" tall 2.35 image. You will be at the very end of the zoom capability but its do-able. Not sure how bright the image would be being that large with that throw distance, but it can be done. Just another thing to think about though, without an anamorphic lens you have to adjust the zoom and aim of the projector's lens every time you switch from 16:9 to 2.35 or back the other way (assuming a constant image height setup (2.35:1 screen)). It may be a big hassle depending on PJ placement or in general since you have to do work to watch a movie.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks Sean,

I see it now, the ranges of diagonal size and throw on the left of the screen, pretty obvious now. I think I'm going to stick with 16:9 now until I have the funds to do wide the right way.

Brad
post #4 of 6
Sure you don't wanna go Scope?


LL
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by CAVX View Post
Sure you don't wanna go Scope?

Looks great,
Except.
I'm not liking how the scope screen intrudes on the area with the base traps.
I know you won't see that in the dark but it bugs me.
Seems like I can get more square ft by going 16:9 because it fits that space better. The other factor I forgot was sports, my percentage of viewing is swaying to 60/40 16:9.
In the right room, with the right amount of money, I can see why people go scope.
Brad
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Originally Posted by gracey View Post
In the right room, with the right amount of money, I can see why people go scope.
And never go back.


LL
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