I'll get my $.02 in here. After years of only 16x9 (and black bars), I followed Craig Peer's lead and added a 2.35:1 scope screen. Both are electric drop. For Sports/TV and some movies it's 16x9. For most movies it's 2.35:1. NO BLACK BARS! (Thanks Craig)
. It's the single best HT improvement in almost 20 years (Atmos is 2nd
For those of you dealing with the AT screen dilema, we went with another solution. I took the pre-amp output from the AVR center channel and split it. I send 1/2 of each signal to seperate amps. I then drive a pair of center speakers (one above and one below the center of the screens)
. I then balanced the output of both of them so that they were each outputting half of the center (mostly dialog). The sum of both was then equalized to be the same as each main side speaker (R/L). The AVR auto room correction does it's magic and what remains is a seamless center channel that seems to be coming from the middle of the screen. Before trying it, I was concerned about possible comb filtering from the two (upper and lower) audio sources. However, to my ears, it's non-existent. The AVR (Pioneer Elite SC-97) microphone is set up at the prime listening position. When it does it's auto room correction (MACC Pro), it compensates for any anomalies
. It just "sees" a single center speaker and balances the front soundfield accordingly.
It sounds like a lot of trouble, but it's really "easy/peasy". Also, it's one time set it and forget it
INMO, the key is the auto room correction. Back in the "SPL meter day", it would have been difficult to get it to sound right. Now, it's set up the mike, push a few buttons and enjoy...
For those of you wondering weather to go with HD or scope screens, the answer is BOTH!