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Which Draper M2500 do I need?

I will be using a DVD and laserdisc player with widescreen and 4:3 movies. The majority of the movies are widescreen/letterboxed
Note: If I will only be using this screen for DVD and laserdisc movies, do I need worry about the 16 x 9 format?

Do I need the M2500 16 x 9 HDTV Ratio or the 1.85:1 Ratio?

Dumb question.
I currently have a big screen tv and of course all the widescreen/letterboxed movies have the black bars on the top and the bottom.
How would 4:3 movies look on a 16x9 and a 1.85:1 ratio M2500 screen?
I assume that 4:3 movies would have the black bars on the top and the bottom and the widescreen movies wouldn't.

Thanks.

[This message has been edited by pcdoctor (edited July 11, 2000).]
post #2 of 8
I think this will depend on the projector/video processor combo you go with. If you get the CI or QS you will want a 16:9 screen since these units are aware of 16:9 -- but not 1.85:1.

4:3 movies on a 16:9 screen have black bars on the left and right sides.

Roo
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I will be using a Sony VPL-W400Q or VPL-VW10HT.

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Originally posted by Andrew Low:
I think this will depend on the projector/video processor combo you go with. If you get the CI or QS you will want a 16:9 screen since these units are aware of 16:9 -- but not 1.85:1.

4:3 movies on a 16:9 screen have black bars on the left and right sides.

Roo
post #4 of 8
pcdoctor, both of the projectors you metion are native 16:9 LCD panels. You probably want to use a 16:9 screen (that's the same as 1.78:1).

If you use a 1.85:1 screen you will have to adjust your projector to have the image slightly off the top & bottom, or have it not quite reach the sides of the screen.

The 400Q is a good buy, especially with some going for around the $2k mark with low hours and no dead pixels. I would think twice about the 10HT as I've heard mixed reviews and its quite expensive. Make sure you demo before you buy.

Roo
post #5 of 8
I completely agree with Joe H about NOT using the M2500. I have many past posts about my experiences with my two M2500 screens--track marks, texture patterns visible on all light scenes, vetical streaking, color blobs and irregularities--all of which disappeared when I switched to the Draper M1300. I think that all of the previous satisfied posters were from the original M2500 material days. Those days are gone forever it seems.

The Sony 10HT mates well with the M1300. What I thought were problems with the projector were all screen related.
post #6 of 8
I also had a Draper 2500, and recently switched it out for a Draper 1300. All the "streaking" problems went away, and except for it having come in a box (folded), I am very happy with it. Perhaps the fold lines will disappear with time. It's only been a few weeks. The screen is way better than the 2500, even with the fold lines!

-Tom
post #7 of 8
Tom,

Because the M2500 material can be permanently damaged if folded, it is always delievered "rolled on a core." For some strange reason, Draper continues to send the M1300 folded in a box. Shame on Draper.

Although it's too late for your screen, Draper will send the M1300 screen material "rolled on a core" if you request it with your order. A follow up phone call a few weeks later to confirm this is also important. It worked for me.

I certainly hope that your folded creases disappear as soon as possible. How frustrating to have to wait another few weeks to get total enjoyment from your picture, considering that there is already a one month wait in general for Draper screens.

[This message has been edited by shelly (edited July 17, 2000).]
post #8 of 8
My M1300 screen is a about 10 weeks and still has very slight fold marks, but they can no longer be seen from the seating position. The fold marks are slowly working their way out.

So, while its probably true that they eventually come out -- its taking a lot longer than the "few weeks" that I was told.

Roo
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