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Poor man's CIH for cheap?

I just got an offer accepted on house that, surprisingly for this area, has a full basement. One of the room has no windows, making it a good location for a theater with a projector.

The room is not huge: roughly 12 by 16.

I'm new to the projector world. I had a cheap 480p projector in college (10 years ago) but only LCD tvs since.

I'd like to try a CIH setup. I will only be watching movies (no video games or TV)

Things I care about:

* Handling of 24FPS
* Projector noise
* 1080p (Don't need 4K or 3D)
* Motorized zoom to switch between 16x9 and 2.35.

I'd like to keep the projector under 1K, if possible. Also, any recommendations for cheap screens? This looked like a reasonable deal but I have no idea about quality: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...rame_45_x.html.
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Refurbished Epson 5040ub and 4010 are in your price range. Both have lens memory and a warranty.



You see cheap used 1080p lenses as well from time to time. Used projectors come up from time to time with lens memory and or a lens.


Elite and silver ticket make 2.35 screens. The fixed ones are good for the money.


You can do this on budget
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To keep costs down, DIY your screen, at least to start. Cheapest way would be paint directly on your wall, but blackout cloth and wooden frame won't cost much more. $60 is achievable if you get the cloth on sale from Joanne's. Look in the screen DIY subforum for plans.
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since I'm not sure where to ask about this, here goes:

If I want to do a 2.35 area screen, and mask the edges when I want 1.85/1.78, do I just get a projector that somehow knows to just make the 2.35 movies be wider instead of top/bottom bars, and then I guess if I wanted I could get powered curtains to close the screen to 1.85/1.78 when that ratio is being used?

I assume to make the picture wider with constant height, the projector would have to zoom it, itself.
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since I'm not sure where to ask about this, here goes:

If I want to do a 2.35 area screen, and mask the edges when I want 1.85/1.78, do I just get a projector that somehow knows to just make the 2.35 movies be wider instead of top/bottom bars, and then I guess if I wanted I could get powered curtains to close the screen to 1.85/1.78 when that ratio is being used?

I assume to make the picture wider with constant height, the projector would have to zoom it, itself.
You're not going to find a projector that will detect the aspect ratio of the movie and automatically zoom for you. You will need to push a button or two to do that.

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You're not going to find a projector that will detect the aspect ratio of the movie and automatically zoom for you. You will need to push a button or two to do that.
gotcha. So you just have to know the ratio of the movie you are playing and have a preset zoom/focus for that ratio.
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gotcha. So you just have to know the ratio of the movie you are playing and have a preset zoom/focus for that ratio.
Bingo! I have presets for 1.85:1, 2.00:1, 2.20:1 and 2.35:1. Two clicks on the remote, a few seconds for the projector to adjust and you are there. Pretty easy to find out the aspect ratio before watching. The back jacket usually has the AR or IMDB does in the tech specs section.
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Bingo! I have presets for 1.85:1, 2.00:1, 2.20:1 and 2.35:1. Two clicks on the remote, a few seconds for the projector to adjust and you are there. Pretty easy to find out the aspect ratio before watching. The back jacket usually has the AR or IMDB does in the tech specs section.
thanks! I rip all my movies to my server and Plex has that info there almost always.
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You're not going to find a projector that will detect the aspect ratio of the movie and automatically zoom for you. You will need to push a button or two to do that.
I have the Aussie equivalent of the Epson 6040 used with an A Lens.
Have never been able to work out how it does it but often the disc will start up 16;9 for the menu etc and then change automatically to Scope for the feature.
Probably a memory somewhere.
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I have the Aussie equivalent of the Epson 6040 used with an A Lens.
Have never been able to work out how it does it but often the disc will start up 16;9 for the menu etc and then change automatically to Scope for the feature.
Probably a memory somewhere.
If the menu is encoded at 60 Hz and the feature is 24 fps, the projector may have saved separate settings for each frame rate based on what you chose last. But it shouldn't be able to tell what aspect ratio the movie actually is.

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