I'm researching projectors for a new Cinemascope home theater which will be used for an almost equal mix of gaming and film use. Though I was leaning toward the new JVC X700 due to reviews, I've learned that the input lag will probably be an issue for gameplay. That lead me to the Sony HW55ES as a possible contender.
I'm working with a home theater architect, and the current plan is to use an anamorphic lens with whatever projector we land on. However, I believe I read that the HW55ES does not support lens memory. I am trying to make sure that this projector actually works well with an anamorphic lens, and that the lack of lens memory will not be a problem down the line.
So that leads to several questions to anyone who has the HW55ES and uses it with an anamorphic lens.
1. According to the Panamorph compatibility chart
, this projector can work with several models of lens. Does anyone know what the real-world difference is such that I might want to buy a more expensive one or not?
2. I believe I understand that the lens memory is primarily useful as a "poor man's" anamorphic solution, where you zoom to fit the screen as needed. If I go the actual physical anamorphic lens route, is it true that I don't need to worry about the lack of lens memory? Note that I will be switching between 16:9 and 2.35 (Cinemascope) pretty regularly, so I'm a bit concerned about manually moving the lens if that's required.
3. Is there anything else I should know about trying to use 16:9 and 2.35 anamorphic display ratios with this projector?
Thank you very much!