Now that my sound and furniture upgrades are mostly done along with some recent room treatments and I appear to be doing movie prop decorating and the like, I've been giving some thought to the screen.
I've got a DaLite pulldown that normally stays down and suffers from some minor ripples being non-tensioned. If you pay attention during side pans, these can be noticed. I can't go fixed frame due to the window and bookcase in the room so I've been looking at tensioned electrics. They're not cheap of course, but I'm financially in a much better place than when I got the screen 12 years ago.
What I did notice is that I can get a 115" 2.35:1 screen for a similar or even lower price than the 92" same size as the existing 16:9 one I've been looking at. It's the same height, just wider. It'd block parts of the bookcase (current one bridges the two halves rather nicely, but the cabinets also limit the ultimate height of the screen, but then the speakers are already almost to screen height so it works). Since it's electric, I can just put it up with the AVR trigger when not in use.
What I'm questioning is whether the Epson hybrid 4K with 3D models that can use memory zoom to make use of 2.35:1 without a Panavision lens actually look good enough in that mode to be worth the wider screen? I'm also not sure what distance I'd need offhand to mount it to fill the screen in that mode. It has the lens shift I need to mount it on the steel beam box in the room (in the way otherwise and that's been a good place to hide the wires), but I'd probably need a stronger mount since the current one is using toggle bolts (Current projector weighs 14 pounds and it and the previous one have been stable there for 12 years now including several head hits that didn't even make the mount blink, but the 4K shifters weigh closer to 25 pounds and I'm not sure if it would be stable enough for that. Based on the current 3100's zoom, I'm not sure if it could even manually zoom enough for 115" at that location. It'd be somewhat close, I think. I'd gave to consult one if those calculators to be sure).
I'm pretty happy with the 2K picture at 9 feet (MLP) with the existing 92" 16:9, but I'm less sure how the zoomed 2.35 one would look. I don't know if the pseudo 4K capability would make up for the zoom and/or whether it helps any for non-4k material, including 3D. Any comments or suggestions?
Click THEATER (Updated: Nov-12-2019) for pics: Epson 3100 3D Projector, DaLite 92" screen, 11.1.6 (Marantz SR7012 + Yamaha HTR-5960 + Onkyo ESPro) - Dialog Lift - PSB T45/B15/S50/X1T/CS500 Speakers & Def Tech PF-1500 15" sub; 2nd Room (Updated Apr-22-2019): 48" Plasma TV, Carver AL-III, Carver C-5 Pre-Amp, Technics SH-AC500D, Dual Carver TFM-35x Amps (Active Bi-Amp), Klipsch Surrounds ; Sources: PS4, LG UP875 UHD, Nvidia Shield (KODI), ATV4K, Zidoo X9S, LD, GameCube
: Props (Updated 11-01-19)