Originally Posted by jeahrens
Looking forward, UHD has enough pixel density that a lens is not needed. Light output on the latest projectors has climbed to the point where only the largest screens would really need a boost from a lens. And lumen output continues to increase. UHD Blu Ray is not anamorphically encoded, so there's no extra information to be had with a lens.
But UHD (at least UHD Blu-ray) all seems to be HDR, and you can use ever scrap of light you can get. Not that necessarily offsets the cost of a $3000+ lens, but it's something to consider.
Originally Posted by Kain
The room is about 15 ft deep and the screen will be roughly 9-10 inches off the front wall to keep some room for the LCR speakers behind it.
Are these in-wall speakers? If so, you might be able to go with a woven screen (like the new AVS "V6" material) and not have to leave any space between speaker and screen.
My ceiling is about 9.5 ft high. For mounting the screen in front of the LCR speakers, could I use two rods that drop down from the ceiling and attach to the two edges of the screen (frame) holding it in place in front of the speakers? I cannot build a baffle wall and want something more elegant than a stand for the screen.
I have a much lower ceiling, but that's what I did.
Lastly, with a viewing distance of about 8 ft, would a 10 ft horizontally wide CinemaScope screen be too large? I know I shouldn't really be asking size preference questions and everything thinks differently when it comes to this but I still just want to get an idea. The front wall is about 12 ft wide.
You're really going to need to test it for yourself. The standards and recommendations can give you a starting point, but only you know how big you really like.
Originally Posted by Kain
Now that I am pretty much set on a CinemaScope screen, are most CinemaScope movies in 2.35:1, 2.39:1, or 2.40:1? I know the difference is not much but I still want to know. If I get a 2.35:1 screen, will 2.39:1 and 2.40:1 movies have very small black bars at the top and bottom of the screen? I prefer to have the ratio where all movies will be equal to the screen ratio or "undershoot" the screen ratio slightly. Don't want to have a ratio that will result in some movies "overshooting" the screen ratio.
Edit: I think my thought process is wrong here for how different CinemaScope ratios are displayed on a 2.35:1 screen as it's called CIH for a reason.
In theory, you'd probably want a 2.76:1 screen since there are a couple movies out there that wide. Though at a practical level, that's sort of like CIH+IMAX, probably not worth it. I'd probably go 2.39/2.40:1 as that's actually what the standard is. However it's really a crapshoot what you actually get on disc, but you can save lens memories for 2.35 and 2.40 that don't overscan anything. Though frankly for the 3/8" you'd end up overscanning, I'd not bother.
Originally Posted by wnielsenbb
I ran 2.35 till I realized half my movies were 16x9 anyway, and not just Dance Moms
There are a lot of really good tv shows that are worthy of projector viewing too, even if you don't think so now.
FWIW, it's not about whether there's "good" content, it's about the type of content, but more importantly, it's about how, when properly setup, a CIH setup doesn't "cheat" the narrower ARs.
Avengers is a blast on my CIH setup, and doesn't feel underserved or anything. But at the same time, Nova dwarf Star Wars 7.
Today's projectors have good enough black levels that masking isn't really that important. What is really cool is watching the Wal-Mart version of Transformers (the first one) in 2.35 till the big fight in the forest and it kicks into full screen for the i-max scenes to catch the height of the giant robots fighting. That is pretty dang cool.
Funny, I watched that at a 70mm IMAX when it was out, and the IMAX scenes were pretty much over before ever noticed they were higher, that's what you get when you sit at IMAX seating distances in an IMAX theater, the extra height is very much in the periphery.