Originally Posted by coderguy
A psuedo-lens memory function is available on the Mitsubishi hc4000 allowing for you to do 2.35 and 16:9 content on a 2.35 screen. The 16:9 content will be re-scaled. The Mits hc4000 produces a really great image for movies and gaming, it would be me GO-TO recommendation right now for under $1200, but it isn't as bright as some others if you want to use a giant screen, and it also has a 4x color wheel which may eliminate it from the list of some RBE sensitive folks.
Hmmm, interesting. I've heard repeatedly that the HC4000 is pretty much the bang per buck leader. It does have a few downsides. ( I could be mistaken by some of these )
1. Biggest downside ? The Offset - One of the most severe offset's that I've ever heard of. My ceilings are 8 feet, 2 inches. For me to use a projector with this offset would require me to somehow cut a hole into my ceiling for part of the initial pathway of light. I'd have to cut into the ceiling and raise the projector to a level even higher than the ceiling, and I would also have to cut into more of the ceiling to deal with the light path. Even then, my screen might have to drop a few inches, which is something I'd be hoping to avoid. The crazy thing is... I could actually cut into the ceiling and the light pathway if I really, really, really thought it was worth it.
2. 2nd biggest downside ? No 3D - Ok, we all know that 3D isn't going to be ANYWHERE near the big deal that we all thought it was going to be. Still, it would be nice to have the option. I have a Playstation 3, which has a number of 3D games, and I have a decent gaming PC that could play tons of 3D games. So, no 3D does kinda suck. 3D Blu Rays are less of an incentive, because I can't rent them anywhere without paying a king's ransom to rent them. I'm not the type of guy that buys movies. I rent them 95 percent of the time. Only time I buy a movie, is if it's a kids movie that the kids have been wanting, and I can get it for like 10 bucks or something. So, not a lot of value in the movie category. I'm a member of the "cut the cord" clan, so I don't have a 3D cable or satellite.
3. The 2:35.1 to 16:9 switch = a loss of picture quality for 16:9 material - This is a HUGE dealbreaker. Having the ability to switch between 2:35.1 and 16:9 via a button, without getting up and doing the manual zoom trick is a very nice feature, but not if I'm sacrificing picture quality for 16:9 material. The only thing I'm doing with 2:35.1 is the widescreen movies. I'll be using it for normal 16:9 stuff MUCH more often than 2:35.1 so sacrificing that picture quality for that button just isn't worth it for me.
4. 4x color wheel - Is this true? I had no idea that it was only 4x. That's pretty weak for such an outstanding Mitsubishi projector (in it's price range). Kinda bizarre they'd use a 4x color wheel. I don't notice rainbows too much, but I'd be kinda worried that I might notice them slightly more than I already do.
The thing that really sucks, is that there isn't anything that could really fufill all my needs without going into a much more expensive projector. I'd be willing to spend 2 grand to get EVERYTHING I want, but there isn't anything out there that has it all for that low of a price.
My dream would also be a 3D projector that has dual DVI or a new HDMI chip that can handle the full bandwidth of 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames to each eye. Right now, if I'm using my computer and a special dual DVI monitor, I can get the full 1080p to each eye with computer games. Right now, PC games are watered down on current 3D projectors because of the limits of HDMI. You have to lower things down to 720p. At that point, you might as well just be playing PS3 games. Kinda lame.