Hello! I normally lurk in the audio section and am inexperienced on the projector side of things. I currently have a 60" plasma and have decided it is time to upgrade the display. I have several strange requirements....
- Budget for projector and screen + install is approximately $5000
- Love the idea of 2.35:1 for movies so would prefer projector to have POWERED ZOOM FOR AND MEMORY SETTING FOR 2.35:1
- 50% gaming, 40% movies, 10% "other" (mainly listening to music through the Apple TV)
- Must be good with gaming latency/lag issue
- I do have a dedicated basement that is light controlled, but do occassionally allow ambient light from windows in during the day. Room width is about 15' and seating distance is somewhat flexible as room is approx 22'
long. First row "head" position will be approximately 13' away. I have first row of 3 dedicated theater seats and the back row of 2 are on order. Second row will be on riser. Viewing angles should not be too extreme.
- I am not overly concerned with 3D. It would be a nice bonus, but it is not the priority.
I would like to keep the plasma for daytime viewing or "Apple TV" music listening. I have plans to mount this on the wall and add automatic drop down SCREENS for gaming and movie watching. I am considering 2 screens (one for gaming/16:9 and one for cinemascope/2.35:1. Is this necessary? I like the idea of no black bars either way. I am considering this automatic screen system....http://www.elitescreens.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&catid=1&Itemid=19&lang=en
Screen sizes would most likely be 117" diagonal for 2.35:1 and 94" for 16:9 if I went with this system.
So...after reading through the forums here are the projectors on my short list so far....
1. Panasonic PT-AE8000
2. Sharp XV-Z300000 (sounds like street price has dropped considerably)
3. JVC DLA-X35B
Basic questions would be:
1. What projector would be best for gaming and fast motion and still do a great job for movies?
2. I care about sharpness, brightness, motion, and black levels - what would be the best overall projector? (I realize Sony may be best answer to this question but it DOES NOT HAVE POWERED ZOOM)
3. Are there other projectors with this powered zoom feature I am missing?
4. Is it beneficial to have 2 dedicated screens - 1 for each format?
5. Should I just ditch the plasma, permanently mount a big 16:9 screen, and have the 2.35:1 drop down for movies?
I greatly thank everyone for their suggestions and advice in advance as I have a steep learning curve in this area!