Originally Posted by buddahead
What advantages does a curve screen offer for one with a FP with no lens in front,Just a fp and screen,Is it worth it to go curve if you do not have a CH setup.I know it looks cool but any other advantages.THANKS
A curved screen immerses you more-so into the movie. It gives you a percieved increase of depth of field and people even say it gives your projected image a 3-D like effect due to the curve. It also helps keep projected light off the side walls by directing the projected light back to the center of the audience. Light bouncing off the walls can reflect back on the screen which can wash out your projected image and/or color shift it.
A curved screen also helps with toeing in your speakers when used with an audio transparent screen. This allows the user to keep the speaker baffel parallel to the screen surface.
At the end of the day, if you are planning to do a dedicated theater and the movie watching outweighs the HDTV & gaming, 2.35 - 2.40 is where you most likely want to be at. 16:9 screens are slowly turning into 4:3 screens for the people planning to reproduce a true cinematic experience in their home.
That said, to set up a constant height CinemaScope system, most people get into anamorphic lenses and scalers. That is when a curved screen plays a big part in the theater. That curved screen now corrects the distortion caused by the anamorphic lens.