That is indeed a nice projector.
What do you mean about masking? Why does it matter if there's "blank" white around the projected
You can actually find plenty of decent pull-down screens at school auctions. Everything is going to
digital projection onto whiteboards or TV's on carts. No school I know of around here runs 16mm
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Jeffrey Kane" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 7:48 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Home Cinema (was DVD Video to iPod)
> If you want an excellent big-screen experience on the cheap and are somewhat
> handy, google DIY Screen. The results are not far off what you get with
> purpose made screen material without the cost. The tradeoff is elbow grease!
> Projectors can be had very inexpensively.
> If you want to go rock-bottom, a used Sony VPL-HS51 projector can be had for
> under $1k in excellent condition. It's not the newest latest, but certainly
> will do a great job for a first projector. You can get projectors more
> cheaply but almost all are ill-suited to movie/video use.
> To get the full effect, you need masking. HTIQ makes reasonable kits
> starting at $199. It makes a huge difference in the experience. Nothing saps
> the life out of watching on a big screen like huge expanses of white screen.
> Definitely avoid getting an HD receiver and/or high definition disc player.
> I've found myself watching PBSHD for far longer than intended simply because
> the visual impact was so striking it was difficult to take my eyes away.
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] DVD video to iPod
> I have a "media room" but no big screen, yet. As I said in the message,
> that's coming when costs go
> lower. Still undecided about a large flat-screen LED or a ceiling-mounted
> projector and a pull-down
> very large screen. I'm not a big-time movie buff but DVD's and a very
> wide/deep variety in the local
> library system have made me much more of a fan.
> -- Tom Fine
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> From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 11:20 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] DVD video to iPod
>> Tom Fine wrote:
>>> This must be a generational thing. I hate (HATE) movie theaters. Usually,
> the focus is blurry,
>>> the sound bad and the place full of loud smelly people. So I'll sacrifice
> the "larger than life"
>>> aspect of the visuals for the comfort of my own home and superb surround
> sound experience. As
>>> large flatscreens get cheaper and cheaper -- and the same case with
> digital projectors -- the day
>>> fast approaches when I'll have it all: a larger-than-life picture plus
> surround plus the comfort
>>> of my own home. Also, going to the movies costs well north of $10 per
> person if you get a medium
>>> nasty greasy popcorn and watered-down soda. And the movies made today
> aren't generally very good,
>>> in my opinion. I still go to an occasional IMAX movie because that truly
> is a super-real
>>> -- Tom Fine
>> There is another choice: a media room.
>> Before I became ill, I often hosted music gatherings in my otherwise
> modest home. For the purpose,
>> I had a 14x35-foot room built onto the house and installed a projector
> (since upgraded to DLP) and
>> eight-foot screen. I had to give up my Dahlquist speakers since they
> blocked the screen, but the
>> B&W's provided excellent surround to complement the picture.
>> In short, it's a more practical approach to a small theater or studio
> screening room - and since
>> I've been to screenings in the latter (I'm in Los Angeles), I can say that
> while my own version is
>> smaller, it's better than some of the 'pro' installations.
>> Since some of my friends are members of the Academy, I have the
> opportunity to see far more
>> 'screeners' than time permits (and despite the protective measures of the
> Academy have copied some
>> for later viewing). More to my taste is bringing opera into my home via
> that room. A friend who
>> visits weekly remarks regularly on the convenience of attending the opera
> while kicking off her
>> shoes and putting her feet up on the table. (I listen from my recliner;
> they make do with the
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