Originally Posted by jpmst3
Thanks for the replies guys!
Damn, I was hoping this was a much easier process by now. Sheesh!
I can't believe everyone accepts this as OK. I am just dumbfounded that it takes mnaully adjusting the projector with each change in format.
I really want to avoid the AE8000 and get the 5030 (in favor of the better PQ) , but man, I don't want to be messing with 5030 continuously either.
I was hoping it was like a regular TV image, that either showed the bars or not (depending on content), without having to adjust the optics.
Your "regular" TV shows the bars too, you just don't notice them because they are (on a good set) a deeper back on a smaller screen. Plasma TV's in particular can produce really deep blacks. But the "bars" are still there, in that the signal is still being sent by the source. You just notice them more with a Front Projector on a bigger screen.
Lots of people do CIH to get around this instead of accepting it; myself and others have listed the 3 most common methods several times now
The easiest way is to make some masks, or buy the Monoprice screen that has them built in (there are other, automated masking solutions out there - Carada makes one - but they cost thousands of dollars. The Monoprice product is around $450 and that includes the screen as well.) Problem solved. With a little time, effort, and $30 you can make a pair of horizontal boards wrapped in black velvet that will utterly eliminate any trace of the "bars" and make you happy. If you take the time to do it right (most folks use magnets) you can create a set that is easy as pie to attach, too.
I used to have these with my old screen, and next weekend when I am back home I am planning on doing it again for my current screen, and the 5030ub. I'll post pics.