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Old 09-11-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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This is hilarious. What an argument.

One of the most successful 'outdoor movie' venues/parties I ever saw was a freakin' sheet strung up on the side of a house. Keg of beer, lawn chairs, voila! People were there every week.
Nah, not an argument. Just a fun tossin around of stuff. In an upscale dedicated home theatre situation vmaxnc and I would be in pretty good agreement.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Wow! Did I sure spark the debate!

I'm sure a cheap screen (or even painted surface) would be fine for my mom and dad. As would a standard VGA or SVGA projector. They didn't mind watching things zoomed in, or stretched. My dad used to watch Fox News Channel ALL THE TIME on our Mitsubishi 16:9 (or was it 14:9?) rear-projection TV, stretched out to fill the screen with its low-res SD picture, even though the logo, as well as the ticker, soon burnt into the TV.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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This is hilarious. What an argument.

One of the most successful 'outdoor movie' venues/parties I ever saw was a freakin' sheet strung up on the side of a house. Keg of beer, lawn chairs, voila! People were there every week.
If someone said "I put Fizberk XYZ tires on my 1991 Camry, which is the only car I've ever driven, and they work great. They are the best tire for all vehicles", you'd probably have a comment to the contrary, wouldn't you?

That's where this started. I never said a basic screen setup wouldn't work.

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Wow! Did I sure spark the debate!

I'm sure a cheap screen (or even painted surface) would be fine for my mom and dad. As would a standard VGA or SVGA projector. They didn't mind watching things zoomed in, or stretched. My dad used to watch Fox News Channel ALL THE TIME on our Mitsubishi 16:9 (or was it 14:9?) rear-projection TV, stretched out to fill the screen with its low-res SD picture, even though the logo, as well as the ticker, soon burnt into the TV.
4:3 was the TV format watched until the 90's. 16:9 is the newer TV format. There are other formats but there is no need to go farther off topic!

Yes, a basic screen would probably be fine, given what you've posted. But watching things in their native resolution and aspect ratio is so much better, once you seen it for a while. There are less expensive projectors that will provide that. Where they suffer is color accuracy and contrast, but that costs more. They are also probably fine for your purposes. I suggest not going with vastly outdated technology for a new project.

If they like it outside, they may want to bring it inside, and enjoy it there even more often.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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If someone said "I put Fizberk XYZ tires on my 1991 Camry, which is the only car I've ever driven, and they work great. They are the best tire for all vehicles", you'd probably have a comment to the contrary, wouldn't you?

That's where this started. I never said a basic screen setup wouldn't work.

4:3 was the TV format watched until the 90's. 16:9 is the newer TV format. There are other formats but there is no need to go farther off topic!

Yes, a basic screen would probably be fine, given what you've posted. But watching things in their native resolution and aspect ratio is so much better, once you seen it for a while. There are less expensive projectors that will provide that. Where they suffer is color accuracy and contrast, but that costs more. They are also probably fine for your purposes. I suggest not going with vastly outdated technology for a new project.

If they like it outside, they may want to bring it inside, and enjoy it there even more often.
4:3 was the dominant format for TV on many channels well into the 2000's, and is even used on some "lower-rent" channels. 14:9 is a compromise between 4:3 (a.k.a. 12:9) and 16:9 full widescreen, used often on SD channels during the transition between SD and HD. I know there is 2.35:1 too (anamorphic).
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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4:3 was the dominant format for TV on many channels well into the 2000's, and is even used on some "lower-rent" channels. 14:9 is a compromise between 4:3 (a.k.a. 12:9) and 16:9 full widescreen, used often on SD channels during the transition between SD and HD. I know there is 2.35:1 too (anamorphic).
I should have been more clear. 4:3 is the TV hardware aspect ratio used exclusively into the 90's, when the 16:9 aspect ratio began hardware production. Barring a couple anecdotal exceptions, these are the only TV hardware formats used.

14:9 is hardly used in the US. A small number of channels, and a few commercials. 2.35:1, and numerous other ratios, are movie formats.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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My apologies for not going into agonizing detail over the steps I took to set up my system.

The guys at AVSForum, which I am sure you will agree are a knowledgeable bunch, suggested that since my lighting wasn't going to be near ideal that I should go for a light grey to offset some of the problem areas in my setup. Seeing as how the OP was talking about doing this OUTSIDE I thought that was sound advice for him as well.

I really doubt the grey that I was offered was for the walls of a home theater, as it is so light grey it is nearly white. Darker colors are best for home theater walls.
Although I am probably wrong about that, too.

I'll try to be more specific in the future...
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