Originally Posted by IdaC Ovation and/or Cravit8
- It was an expensive projector and I told both the salesman and the Panasonic tech that it was to watch movies on. I was told this was the best one, although I know it is designed primarily for business presentations.
IMO, you got bad advice. Unless you absolutely need the extra brightness of this kind of projector (e.g., using it with some lights on and/or on a gigantic screen like 200+ inches diagonal), a specifically home theatre projector would have been a better option.
What are the implications to my system that "The projector has a 16:10 native aspect ratio and a 1280x800 native resolution." Do I need to change some settings that are default?
There are several implications.
For one, you will ALWAYS have some black bars above and below the image no matter what kind of DVD or BD you play--none of them will have a 16:10 ratio. If you try to fill the entire screen, you will distort the image of whatever disc you view in an unflattering fashion (I have a small 16:10 monitor that I use mostly for tweaking the settings of my gear or seeing DVD-Audio menus--I have experimented with filling the screen to get rid of the black bars. It NEVER looks good.).
Second, you will have to rely on the projector's scaling and video processing as no player or AVR will offer a setting that is an exact match for your projector. As a result, any video processing in your player or AVR is wasted as a feature.
Third, the odd aspect ratio will make troubleshooting image issues a bit more difficult to deal with, should they arise.
I have managed to find some time to play with the various players with processing off. It's .... complicated!
If I had your gear, I would keep two players in the loop--the old one for non-anamorphic and 4:3 DVDs. A BD player for anamorphic DVDs and Blu-rays. I would also leave the AVR's processing OFF as it is not able to output a signal that matches your PJ and it is a rule of thumb that one should avoid multiple processing and aspect ratio conversions/scaling if possible.
I can get a beautiful picture with Strange Days now (non-anamorphic), but only by changing the projector's aspect to V fit, rather than H fit and playing it in my oldest DVD player (the only one of 4 that setting looks good on).
With that setting, if I use the computer, the picture goes off the screen vertically.
Given the limited time I have for testing, I have not put a recent DVD into a newer Blu-ray player to see what happens on that aspect.
If you do not wish to watch the smaller, centred image for non-anamorphic or 4:3 DVDs, you will need to use the combination of your old player and the "V fit" setting AND your BD player for everything else with the "H fit" setting. I hope switching from V to H and back is not too cumbersome.
Luckily, I don't think I have a lot of these non-anamorphic DVDs, as I suspect I will have to switch the aspect after I am done with this DVD.
It may prove simpler (and cheaper), in the long run, to find out if there are any anamorphic or BD releases of the titles you have and replace them (a fair number of non-anamorphic titles were re-released in an anamorphic format on DVD--BDs will not have that issue). That is likely how I would proceed if I had your setup. As for those I could not replace, I'd likely live with the smaller, centred image--the sound quality remains equally good (and for me, sound is more than half the package--I had a fully operational, multi-thousand dollar 5.1 audio setup long before I abandoned my standard def CRT 32" TV).