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Screen for PLV-30

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by godi32, Sep 15, 2001.

  1. godi32

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    Hello everyone,

    I've read with a lot of interest the reviews for the sanyo PLV-30 on this forum and have decided to buy one. Now I only need a suitable screen or a painted wall. What screen would you guys recommend me knowing that I will be sitting 3,5 meters away from the sreen and that the room is semi-dark. If I decide painting the wall what paint should I use?

    Thank you,<br />Dirk<br />Belgium
     
  2. buns

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    First of I recommend that you make efforts to get the room completely darkened! I us a da-lite model B manually pull down thing in matt white which is 80 inches wide in a 16:9 format. I know it is not perfect but at £192 it does the job well if you are on a budget!

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  3. Timh

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    Ad, how do you get around using a 16:9 screen with the plv-30? I thought this lcd was a 4:3 projector, or do you mask off the lense in some way. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

    Dirk, check out the sanyo <a href="http://www.av-sales.com/html/buy_sanyo_plv-30.html" target="_blank">here</a> only £1,833 not sure in your money.

    [ 15-09-2001: Message edited by: Timh ]</p>
     
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    Tim,

    It is far simpler than that. I simply have a large area of light absorbant material surrounding the screen. I just allow the unwanted section of the panel to overlap onto this and forget about it! I know it isnt the most elegant solution, but given a limited budget and lack of indepth knowledge it seemd the way to go!

    Is masking of the lens a possibility? well obviously it is.....but is it any craic performance wise? To mask of a part of the lens, does this not cause all sorts of optical side effects with the light passing the masking? Or can this be gotten about? My optics is not hot!

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  5. Timh

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    Cheers AD, it's a pitty the Sanyo hasn't got a mode for blanking of the unused parts of the 4:3 lcd, I know it has a 16:9 mode but doesnt this just allow anamorphic dvd playback.

    I will have a plv-30 one day, when this day comes is anyones guess, I have seen it on demo and was blown away by the image quality, and it was only showing s-vhs, is there much differance with componant or rgb compared to s-vhs?

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    Tim,

    I can't clain to have used either rgb or componant cos my marantz dvd gives me s-vidieo at best (though i guess i could get a scart to componant if i wanted). So the dvd is s-vid and the vhs is composite. There is a huge difference, but that i guess is down to the format difference! The s-vid is defintiely better than composite when comparing dvd alone.

    All in all a very nice projector which just gets cheaper and cheaper! So if it wasnt a bargain to start, it sure is now!

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    Hey, after much deliberating I too am about to buy at PVL 30 at £1850 inc. I have no idea about screen size etc.

    I have in mind about 80 inches wide (about 211cm).

    I was going to buy an 80" wide pull down screen, but if the projector is going to show grey bars above and below when I watch WS material (which all of mine is) then I may think again. One of the reasons I fancy a projector apart from image size is getting away from black bar territory without buying a WS telly (I had one briefly and could not live with squeezing modes).

    I now plan to hand a sheet from the ceiling, get an idea of image size and ratio, then make a suspendable thin wood screen in the correct format painted light grey. Am I to take it that the unused top and bottom of the WS image will be projected onto my curtains above and my telly below? Will I have to make a 4:3 sized screen and then mask the top and bottom with black "felt" or whatever.

    ANY input welcome. Have you got a PVL 30 and had to make similar decisions?
     
  9. Timh

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    Dodgey, the plv-30 is a 4:3 projector so you are best using a 4:3 screen, the demo I had was on a 4:3 screen playing widescreen dvd's and it did not project grey bars above and below the screen, they were infact quite black, even on a white screen. You could do as buns did above and use a 16:9 screen but darken around the surrounding area.
     
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    As mentioned, I use a 16:9 screen. I almost never watch 4:3 material so the odd squeeze doesnt bother me. I cant stand the bars at the top and bottom though.....to the point i often shy away from 21:9 material! I really despise the waste!

    You should see if u can look at what each option looks like, its realy down to personal taste!

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