Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 5
You are correct. You have a problem. The Sony can't go that small from that distance. Also are you planning on manually adjusting the projector each time you switch from 16:9 to scope and back? The HW50ES does not have zoom memory. As for solutions, You can get a telephoto conversion lens and increase your throw distance. Cost of a good one is expensive. Second method would be to get a Lumagen Mini 3D and let it re-scale your 16:9 image to fit your smaller screen. This method is not cheap, but it is cheaper than the telephoto lens. Give us a call if you have any questions.
Thank you Mike.
That's as I suspected. The Panamorph rep first clued me in (I called them up to see if the Cinavista lens could be fitted to a manual sled). He said the Cinavista lens wouldn't work with this projector at that throw distance but the FVX200, one of their custom lenses - a Constant Image Width
model - would. Then I called Sony and asked them what the maximum throw was for the HW50ES projector given a 47" high screen. Same answer. Then I went to the calculator on ProjectorCentral and got the cold truth for myself.
I'm working with a guy from "Audio Advice" here in Charlotte (an AVS advertiser - full disclaimer), who was pushing this projector even though he knew the specifics about my room and seating arrangement. He also told me a good acoustically transparent screen would run me at least $1500 more than a basic screen (wrong - see Seymour A/V among others).
I think there's a moral here... Do your own research!
That HT guy from the friendly A/V store down the street may only be looking to sell you products which give him the highest margins, and giving you bad advice as a consequence. If I had listened to him and bought the Sony projector or overpaid for a screen, I'd be in a world of hurt.