I am finally ready to buy a projector, and of course I am getting this guilty feeling for not seriously considering a native 16:9 unit. So now I am.
I would think that if you projeced 16:9 native, and scaled it down to 4:3 that you would end up with two highest quality HDTV images? What would you lose on the 4:3 screen(versus buying a native 4:3), as it is inevitable that 4:3 will be here for a while and is very popular?
I know you lose lines of resolution going from a 4:3 native to 16:9. My projector sales person says that the difference will not be noticeable. The reason I am buying this thing is to function as a hdtv. I have a hard time beleiving that I would not notice in a football game for example, the reduced lines of resolution, in the clarity when viewing multiple players from a distance shot. Plus, could I sleep knowing that I am not running hdtv 16:9 at its fullest capabilities? I think I would sleep better having the resolution and a loan payment than without the resolution :)
If anyone else out there has experimented or researched this, please share your thoughts, ideas, or just educate us. In the mean time, I am looking at best reasonable native 16:9's so I can be ready to "make the call".