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I'm a newbie to the PJ world... I've read a ton of info over the last week. Not to make this part of the discussion, but I've pretty much settled on buying a refurb Epson 8700UB or a new Benq W7000... with a 2.35:1 fixed screen.

My question involves the anamorphic stretch mode (Epson) and the anamorphic lens (Benq). At first, it was my impression that some projectors are not able to take a BD movie shot in 2.40:1 and display it on the screen in 2.40:1... which, sounds crazy to me because when I watch these movies on my plasma display the movies are shown in their native 2.40:1 ratio (with black bars). My impression is that the projectors can't do this on their own... Epsons answer is to use processing that allows the projector to morph the picture into it's correct 2.40:1 ratio... and that the Benq has some sort of lens that does the same thing. Am I right??? Or are these anamorphic modes/lenses more or less like the "Zoom" mode on my plasma that stretches the picture from 2.40:1 aspect so that if fits on a 16:9 screen???

If the former is correct (my first assumption)... can anyone speak to the differences between a PJ that performs the anamorphic stretch digitally (like the Epson) versus one that does it with a lens?

I'm a little confused, here :blink:
 

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Yes... I understand the issues now.

I understand from Tony (and reviews) that the Panasonic is particularly popular because it has zoom presets that allow the projector to show a 2.40:1 movie on a 2.40:1 screen.

But other projectors can do this, yes? If so, does that mean you need to manually set the image on the screen every time you switch between formats? Any experience with this?
 

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I'm assuming you have a cinemascope screen?

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being hardest/biggest pain and 10 being easiest) how much of a pain is it to mess with the zoom, etc, when you watch a movie shot in 2.40:1 and then want to watch 16:9 material on HDTV.

Could you also talk about PQ when you zoom for 2.40 material. Just to make sure I'm clear... It's not like going into zoom mode on a plasma (where some of the intended picture is lost or warped to make it fit on a 2.40:1 screen)...
 

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Interesting... So really the only reason to look at the panasonic model would be for the ease of total automation of the zooming process.

Panasonic makes it a point in their literature to point out that you can zoom to fit 2.40 material on a CinemaScope screen... The other projector I've read about, that can be had a steep discount because it's last year's model, is the Epson 8700 UD which was rated very highly for its PQ, blacks, contrast. What do I look for to make sure that this projector can also display 2.40 material on a scope screen? I've read all kinds of reviews... Not many speak of images shown in this function...

Always a little confusion diving into new techs!!
 

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Okay... sounds like, for the money, the fact that they Panasonic offers the memory lens feature makes it almost a no brainer...

I know this conversation is split between two threads... you had asked about my screen height constraints.... for a number of reasons I do have a height restriction of 40 inches. I think this will play fine for scope movies... the picture will be roughly 35" high and a tad under 8 feet wide... with the seating about 11 feet away. The 16:9 movies will suffer some. HOWEVER, my original intention was to just buy a 65" plasma... so, with a screen and projector I'm pretty much getting that 65" screen for 16:9 with the added bonus of a significantly larger 2.40:1 screen.

I know this isn't ideal... but as they say " It is what it is.

I love my Pioneer plasma... it has such a beautiful picture. My understanding is, that in a dedicated dark theater room (which I have), the projector will give an experience that is pretty close to (if not equal to) what I have with the plasma... just on a larger scale.
 
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