My post may have mislead you a bit. The internal scaler of the D-ILA produces significant artifacts with all 480i (conventional video material) sources. However, the internal scaler of the D-ILA provides a unique scheme to present 93% of the resolution of 1080i material (this is counterintuitive) that produces a picture that can rival 9" CRT projectors with HDTV material. The Crystal image scaler can scale any NTSC (480i) source to the native panel resolution of the projector.
Following my post, I did some research. It appears that the mod provided by MSB will provide 8 ouput resolutions, including 1024p. If this output does not invoke the internal scaler of the D-ILA, it may compete or exceed the picture quality of the CI and/or HTPC. I believe that we will need an informed review after one of our forum members gets a demo of this. According to the MSB web site, they have four samples on hand and are developing a waiting list.
I am using a 60x107 16:9. It is a tab tensioned, retractable 2.0 gain screen from Da-Lite. The image appears uniformly bright and I am generally pleased, but this screen selection was specifically selected for my previous LCD (much lower light output). There are some sparkles evident in the screen surface, and thus I cannot recommend this as the screen of choice for the D-ILA. In my installation removing the screen and replacing it would require alot of work and money. I will assure you, that the screen is not too bright. Mark Foster (scaler mod master!) has been very happy with his fixed 1.5 gain screen from vutec. Screen choice discussions with the D-ILA are in the D-ILA forum. You can also go to the D-ILA FAQ to view many opinions on other D-ILA issue. If I had it to do over again I would have gone with a stewart 1.3 gain screen, retractable with tab tensioning, and 1.85:AR. Few DVDs are 1.78:1 AR, most are 1.85:1 or 2.35:1.
If you will use the panamorph (and not wish to remove it), then this will create problems with 4:3 material if you do not have the CI. Being that the panamorph system has not been released, it is difficult to predict if mods (beyond the DTC100 mod necessary to resolve a D-ILA scaler abnormality present when selecting 1080i and 4:3 AR) will be necessary for the panamorph.
I hope you enjoy your demo.
[This message has been edited by Don O'Brien (edited August 10, 2000).]