Originally Posted by dsiroky
So I'm confused.... seems like there's no "right" projector to match my screen size/throw distance/desire for 3D support.
When I worked in events teams that produced events for me - we'd calibrate two projectors to project in the same space, and that would solve brightness issues. When one failed, then we'd still have one bulb working.
however - that doesn't seem to be where the consumer tech is at - at the moment. I don't think buying 2 zoom lens projectors, would necessarily solve my brightness problem, and I have no idea if the zoom lens co-ordination between two projectors would be sufficiently accurate enough to calibrate perfectly after zooming in/out a few times.
are there any viable options at the moment? or is everything a compromise and a matter of selecting which compromise you can live with.
The only projector that will light up that size screen for 3D will cost minimum 30,000 plus, most of the others suggested will do perfectly for 2D.
I own the Sony HW50ES I will comment on my situation only , maybe that will help.
My room: HW50ES 13.5 feet from the screen, ceiling mounted level with the top of the screen. Room is 12 feet x 30 feet theater dark 100% light controlled. My screen is a SI Solar 4K 1.3 gain ( actually measured 1.37gain) the ratio is 2.35:1 120" diagonal or 110" wideX46 high. My first row
seating is 9 feet from the screen with eye level 1/3 from the bottom. Second row seating is 14feet and eye level with the middle of the screen. I run CIH so my 16:9 image on this screen is 95" diagonal and 46" X 88". Like you I watch movies in my dedicated room most of the time
little TV/sports and even less with lights on.
Image 2D is outstanding, more than bright enough and detail amazing ,even at 6-7 feet from the screen . No improvements necessary, I'm sure this would be the same on your screen provided the screen material selected is correct.
Image 3D is acceptable but not bright enough and I am trying to improve on this as well. On a screen your size it would be impossible to light up unless you use a high gain screen material for 3D but then there are compromises for 2D in contrast. blacks and PQ.
I looked at all the options and to me there is only one option with a minimal budget and that is two screens
. One selected best for 2D the second best for 3D. Keep one fixed that you use most of the time and drop the higher gain screen for 3D. The anamprphic lens will help
to gain back some lost brightness but it will not give enough brightness back to make 3D great. Besides, the HW50ES cannot stretch 3D content for widescreen using the anamorphic lens anyway, a Lumagen or other external processor would have to be purchased.
If your budget is tight and you are not too discriminating , then I believe the Epson with cinevasta anamorphic lens can be picked up for around $5000, it is about the best entry level you can get. It sure received a lot of accolades at the 2013 CIDIA convention. This and two screens
would be the bomb for entry level.
P.S. Just noticed your 6K budget. The Epson would be hard to beat, noting else would come close to getting the PJ and anamorphic lens combined with brightness and PQ. Hope the screen or screenzzzz are not in the budget , then again there are some great fixed options and manual pull down options too.Life is always about compromise but quality is all about money, the sky is the limit as long as you have a limitless bank account too.