Originally Posted by humbland
Zombie, this is directed your way, but I would appreciate feedback from everyone...
With the switch to the Z30K and powered lens memory, I've decided to make the switch to scope.
I've finally decided to pull the trigger on a DaLite Cosmopoltan Electrol High Power screen in "scope" size and watch movies in their "normal" AR (without black bars).
DaLite does not offer electric screens in scope, but they will cut down the drop of a 16 x 9.
My question, is which exact
size to get made? From lurking in "CIH" and "Screens" it seems that more people are using 2.40
AR screen size.
As is typical, my room is limited in width. I need a maximum
of 133" width screen to fit in.
The question is how high to make it.?
2.35 = 56.6" high and 2.40 = 55.4" high.
It costs to have the screen custom sized...
I hope to use it for a long time.
What do you guys recommend?
I would go with the bigger of the two scope options which is the 2.35 in this case since it will give you a slightly bigger 1.78 image when you zoom down. No matter if you go with a 2.35 or 2.40 screen you are going to have to deal with films in the other aspect at times, but the difference between those two aspects is VERY small (similar to having to deal between 1.78 and 1.85 on a 1.78 screen) You have some options with the lens memory, but what I like doing best with my 2.35 screen is zooming 2.40 so it fills the entire height of the screen which gives you just a slight bit of overspill on the sides which is a non issue IMO (if you have good masking support, you can even cover this little bit up if it bothers you). For 2.35 films you can simply setup a lens memory to perfectly fill your 2.35 screen. I actually just use my 2.40 setting (I use lens memory on a JVC RS45) for 2.35 most of the time since the slight bit of overspill on all sides is not noticed and you are not missing enough of the picture to matter IMO.
One nice thing about a scope screen vs a typical 1.78 as far as the black bars go is the side bars you get on a 2.35 screen for 1.78 material are not projected light so they will be darker than the top/bottom bars for 2.35 material on a 1.78 screen. When I had my 1.78 screen I always had it in the back of my mind that I needed to do some masking since the bars were still visible and a bit distracting, but on my 2.35 screen I just don't feel any need to even do any masking since the bars are dark enough due to not being projected light in combination with my good light control, plus they are off to the sides which puts them more out of view in general vs the top/bottom bars on a 1.78 screen. Of course masking is always the best route to go in either case, but I find masks are MUCH less needed on a 2.35 screen from my experience with both.
Scope was a no brainer in my room by the way since I run out of height before width, but every situation is different so sometimes 1.78 is the better choice. The choices for me were either stick with my 46" high 1.78 screen at 82" wide, or move up to a 46" high 2.35 screen at 108" wide.......not a hard choice.
I should have just gone with a scope screen from the get-go in my room. I also LOVE the fact that I am seeing the two aspects as they are presented in a traditional theater where the height is maintained, but 2.35 opens up on the sides to give a more dramatic effect. With a 1.78 screen you don't get this intended perspective.Edited by Toe - 5/26/13 at 10:53am