Originally Posted by TyKelowna
I'm a long time lurker who has been waiting years for a home theater, and thanks to a fairly recent home purchase it's finally going to happen. I'm going with a 2:35 screen and will be viewing almost entirely 2:35 content with some 16:9 (mostly TV series I would expect). No 3D content whatsoever.
First off, welcome to the forum
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For this type of screen / seating layout what type of projectors should I be looking at? I have less than $4K budget for the projector. As I understand if you use the zoom method there will be light spilling on the top and bottom, but I'm not sure how noticeable that would be. I'm hoping that there is a PJ that doesn't spill light but I don't think it exists.[/quote]
It does, but not for $4K [try about 12x that].
If the light spill issue isn't workable, then I believe I will be looking at some anamorphic lenses.
Those that zoom claim that the light spill does not both them. Back in 2005, I used to zoom and it never bothered me either. What I don't like about zooming is throwing 25% of the vertical projector rez off the screen.
Does this $4K have to cover both the projector and the A-Lens?
So far some PJs I've read about are the Panasonic AE7000, JVC X30, etc. but they all have 3D which I will never use.
3D on the big screen is actually quite good and fun. If you don't want it, don't use it. Most projectors will support 3D.
I just want the screen to look as good/bright as my 40" LED TV, just a little bigger.
Projection systems will not look at bright as a direct view because of the size of the image, but you can get an awesome looking image from even 'entry level' projectors these days.