When installing a new home theater, the first and most important decision you can make is whether to go with a 16:9 screen, or the wider format 2.4 Cinemascope alternative...
If you're about to set up your first home theater system, odds are you're reading a lot of projector reviews to sort out which projector you want. It is natural for people to give a LOT of thought to the projector, and not much to the screen.
This is a mistake. Your screen's aspect ratio and size, and the viewing distance you choose, are far more important to the ultimate enjoyment of your theater than which projector you choose. And in fact, once you select a particular screen size and aspect ratio, it can often limit your selection of projectors that best go with it.
So I am writing a couple articles to focus attention on the screen as a critical aspect of home theater planning. The first one draws specific attention to the question of aspect ratio--do you want a conventional 16:9 screen? Or do you want a wider format 2.4 Cinemascope screen? What are the trade-offs, and the advantages of each?
If you are about to install a home theater, read Choosing the Right Aspect Ratio, just posted today.