Originally Posted by MississippiMan
There is no distortion, only a very slight amount of content excised at the top edge of the image.
..............and that happens "ONLY" if one chooses to optimize the width of 16:9 over the height.
You are totally wrong about SF showing "more" of any barely projected light within "Bars" than a white screen...the White would show almost 50% or more.
Silver fire make Black be deeper, and the Bar's are actually attenuated light.
It remains your decision to make / live with, but the 8000 is the better all around choice.
...an additional noteworthy point. The 8000 does have a Anamorphic Stretch Mode after all. So it can mate with a A-Lens after all.
What...me busy? You have no idea......
I'm so crazed I can't find the time to post up all the collected info and images / Movies I've garnered over the last 3-4 weeks.
Thanks for your post! I think we agree about the top/bottom black bars, if you read my post again - you may have just misread it. I knew the 8000 had an Anamorphic Stretch mode, but it does not have ECC, so it will not work with the Panamorph Cinevista lens - a more expensive lens would be required. I'm confused as to why the 8000 is the all around better choice?? Here's why (based upon my reading of forums from users) - maybe someone can help me out:
1) Lumens - the 8000 has more lumens in its brightest mode than the Sony HW55ES; however, the Sony has more lumens in the Cinema modes.
2) Color - the Sony is said to be more color correct out of the box.
3) Black Level - the Sony is said to have better black level than the 8000.
4) Uniformity - the Sony is supposed to be very good, but the Panasonic is said to have issues.
5) Panel Alignment - the Sony has it, but the 8000 does not. This is deemed by many to be a very necessary item for LCD projectors.
6) Fan noise - both are quiet in economy mode, but the 8000 is louder in normal/high lamp mode
7) Problems/Warranties - I'm seeing that there are folks experiencing issues with the 8000 (panel aligment and uniformity, for example) and are having to send the 8000 back, only to have to wait up to a month for a turnaround on the fix. Not seeing hardly any Sony issues. Regarding Warranty, Panasonic is limited to 2000 hours. If using the projector as a TV, I'll use up that 2000 hours in 6 months to a year. The Sony has a longer Warranty.
8) Cost - I believe the Panasonic is less expensive
9) Zoom/Focus - the Panasonic has the advantage here, IF doing a 2.39:1 screen.
Seems like the Sony is the better choice for a 16X9 screen. Somebody will need to show me the reasons to get the Panasonic...