Originally Posted by 111 /forum/post/16827930
Hello, I building a home theater (on a budget) and came across a good deal on a preowened Epson Powerlite Pro 1080UB. My problem is that my ceiling is only 82" high and therefore I want to go with a 2.35:1 120" screen (to maximize the screen size). My questions are
1. with an addition of an external lens (forgot the proper name), can I get a 2.35:1 format out of that projector?
2. what is lowest I can have a fixed screen from the floor?
Thank you in advance.
1.) You need the ability to perform a vertical stretch internally (CIH) before you can apply an external anamorphic lens to stretch the image to full screen width.
I'm pretty sure you can't do it with a Pro 1080UB
I have the 1080UB (non Pro model),
but there isn't a lot of difference in the two internally.
• The Pro version is black, and the Home version is white.
• The Pro is priced at $3,999.99
• The Home is $2,999.99
• The Pro comes with a ceiling mount and spare lamp, whereas the Home does not. (Well mine did, + a $300 rebate)
• The Pro has a 3-year warranty, and the Home is 2 years.
• The Pro model features an Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) certification.
• The Pro model is sold by resellers who are trained to install, calibrate, and support the unit. The Home model is sold by resellers who typically do not offer this level of support.
read two paragraphs up from the conclusion on the JVC RS1 comparison:
..."Neither of these models offers a vertical stretch aspect ratio to accommodate an anamorphic lens."
2.) If you want, you could
put a 16:9 screen right on the floor.
...but it would be hard to see through your feet if you have a recliner
Of course this would not work very well, specially if you have a second row of seating.
but you could probably get away with a 16:9 120" screen aprox 18" from the floor in a pinch.
(the bottom of 2.35:1 content would be about 8" higher anyway)
My basement ceiling is 93" high...about 11" more than yours
I have a 120" 16:9 powered drop down screen, (aprox 105"w x 59"h)
adjusted to stop about 22"-23" from my floor, just before it touches my center channel speaker.
...this leaves about 11" of drop (black area above my screens viewing area) and about 4" for the case.
So the top of my screens viewing area is about 4" below your ceiling height.
I have a single row of seating, 3 wide powered recliners, and can just see the bottom of the screen over my toes for 16:9 content when fully reclined
...But I dont fully recline unless I need a nap.
(10'-6" viewing distance, 12'-6" throw, PJ is shelf mounted 5' high just behind my center seat.)
old pic to show ceiling/screen drop
2.35:1 content on a 16:9 screen isnt so bad when you have an Epson 1080UB (Ultra Black)
With ambient light on to show where the "black bars" are:
With Lights out, no black bars
I'm happy I went with 16:9, I watch a lot of HD concerts, HD Sports, PS3 and XBOX360 Games...even a few movies in 1:85 format.
....so seeing them in full width and height suits me fine. I only had 9' width to work with so if I had a scope screen
that content would be substantially smaller (20" less height) and black pillar boxes on both sides