Before I start the story, if you want to refer to my original thread that includes a discussion on projectors and has all of my room dimensions and everything, please see the following link: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1494812/need-advice-first-time-projector-buyer-room-dimensions-inside
After asking everybody here for a lot of advice, and receiving a lot of good advice, I thought I had made my mind up on a projector. I had originally decided on a BenQ W7000 due to the sharp picture and the clarity of DLP's. As I looked more and more into it, I still liked them, but felt I would be missing out on the black levels of the newer LCD's and from everything else I've read, the clarity is going to be great regardless - especially since my only reference for projectors is the movie theater.
So after much thought, I had decided on a Epson 5020UB due to the ultra good blacks. But then I realized I might game on this and wanted something with lower latency so I switched my mind over the Panny AE-8000U. This was also going to be nice since I was initially going to go with a CIH screen set up for a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Then I read an article on, I think, Projector People about how a 2.35:1 screen is great, but it's essentially the smallest screen you can put in a room and if you're already somewhat limited you should look at just doing a 16:9 screen and having horizontal black bars rather than vertical ones. So, since I'm creating a DIY screen with spandex, I made the frame and it's 56" high but was made to be a 16:9 screen giving me roughly a 115" diagonal for 16:9 and 108" for 2.35:1 movies. Seems like the best of both worlds to me.
I had picked the Panny due to the lens memory and the fact that it could automatically do everything for me by just clicking an Action button on my Harmony remote. I thought this was great and would workout perfectly with a 2.35:1 screen that would also be shooting 16:9 a lot during the week. Well now that I have a 16:9 screen, I guess my question is, do I really need to have the auto zoom feature
? Or will it not matter since I'm not going with CIH screen? If that's the case, does anybody have any suggestions at that price point and lower? The Panny was kinda pushing my budget and I'd like to keep it cheaper, but if it's really worth it, I'll make it work. If it's not really worth the extra money, I'm all ears for any suggestions you guys have. The projector will be ceiling mounted and it's a 1 story house so I have a ton of attic space above me to run wires and everything for it.
Thanks for the input again guys, you've already been a great help over in the DIY forum and here as well!