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My reason for espousing the anamorphic lens now vs zooming is that when I was at Art's place, I could see the difference the lens made vs. our zoom (remember, his screen is constant height like you want to go). I think that's the main discerning factor: we use the 2.0 aspect ratio recommended by Tony Grimani at PMI- it's essentially constant image area, so even though I use fewer pixels when we're in 2.35, I'm illuminating the same screen area.
When we use the 2.35 screen, the area for cinemascope is significantly larger than that used for HD- this requires us to utilize all the pixels for projected image in order to help make up for the difference. I walked right up to Art's screen at his house, and only then could I make out the pixel structure in the test pattern (Christie grid pattern).
I want you to use a lens because I want the brightest image I can get on your screen, I want 25-30 off the screen if I can get it. We can always throttle the light output back down, but max is max. More is better. This is why this projector is such a value- 5k real lumens with damn accurate grayscale out of the box and great color from the xenon lamp.
I just need to make sure that the 5k lumens is being maximized as much as possible.
We go after plasma-style performance from a projected image, and on our screen we get it- Art's basically there as well, though his image looks more like a cinema with the screen shape and lens.
I'll contact Seymour to get a sample of the 4k material to check out against ours, they just shipped my first customer screen on Fri. so I would imagine that they are willing to send me samples.
Perhaps most importantly, Display Development is not your average manufacturer: these are made-to-order. They have to OK the application before they build it, I'll cover the proposed installation with them prior to any PO being issued. There's a survey sheet that needs to be completed that contains info like floor, wall, and ceiling color, distance from the screen to each boundary, throw distance, screen gain, screen manufacturer, A-lens model and manufacturer, etc.
These people do not fool around with this.
I'm glad to see that you're taking this so seriously, and I'd never think you're being ridiculous- people who buy $10k projectors fret just as much or more about their decisions.