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What You Need for a True 4K UltraWide Cinema Experience at Home

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SEE ALSO: What to Consider When Finding the Perfect Home Projector Screen

A 2.4:1 Cinema Format Screen

First and foremost, you need a projector screen that matches the aspect ratio of the content you plan to watch. For cinephiles, that means a 2.4:1 screen. Because most of the content you’ll be watching in your home theater will be movies and streaming television, you’ll benefit most from this screen size.

You may wonder what this means for 16:9 content, like sports and news. If you also plan to use your home theater to watch the Cubs or keep up with local headlines, you could invest in two motorized retractable projector screens if you want to avoid black sidebars for the occasional 16:9 content.

Plus, when paired with a projector that features an anamorphic lens, you can automatically move between aspect ratios with zero inconvenience.

A 4K Projector with an External Anamorphic Lens

Speaking of an anamorphic lens, what is it? And why do you need one to create a true 4K UltraWide cinema experienceFirst, “anamorphic” simply refers to the cinematic format technique of shooting a widescreen picture. An external anamorphic lens externally attaches to your 4K projector to stretch or compress an image so that it displays properly based on aspect ratio.

Today’s projectors have a native aspect ratio of 16:9, which means they need to be altered in some way if you want to avoid black letterbox barswhen viewing wider content. Most feature zoom memory settings so that you can zoom up your content to eliminate those bars and then zoom back down for 16:9 content if needed.

However, those black bars are actually wasted pixels and result in only 3K performance from your 4K projector (1K is used to create the black bars). Whether you zoom in or leave the black bars on your screen, you’re not experiencing full cinema performance.

Popular 4K home theater projectors from brands like Sony and JVC feature anamorphic up-conversion modes for use with an anamorphic lens to convert their full performance into the UltraWide cinema format. The pixels lost creating those black bars are put back into the image to offer much greater detail and brightness than what you’d experience from letterbox zooming. You’ll enjoy an entirely filled screen without losing an ounce of performance from your 4K home theater projector!

Work with Avidia to Upgrade Your Home Theater

Creating a magical home theater is an art that requires knowledge, experience, and attention to detail. Work with a professional home theater designer and installer like Avidia to upgrade your existing home theater setup with the components needed for a true 4K UltraWide cinema experience.

For a free consultation, contact our team here or send us a message in the live chat box below! We look forward to working with you.

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