Originally Posted by rmack9
Hi there, I've been reading and reading, and unable to find a definative answer. I am currently shopping for a projector and am leaning towards the Epson 5030 or 6030. My installer tells me the 6030 has a better processor and lense which will give me a better picture. All I've read is that you get the mount, extra bulb, and extra warranty for about $900 extra.
Can anyone suggest the model to get? Everything I read is contrary to my installers advice, and tells me the 5030 is the better bang for the buck.
Thanks for your help!
The lens is the same as the 5030, the electronics are the same as the 5030. The panels are the same as the 5030. The firmware is different. The firmware allows you to expand your image vertically so that all the pixels are used on 2.35 content without the black bars. But to truly take advantage of this you
1) need a 2.35 aspect ratio screen
2) need a 2.35 lens adpater. These are $1000+ (Often called anamorphic lenses) ISCO II is a popular choice in the USA from what I read.
If you are asking what's the point there are 2:
With the 5030, if you want to watch a 2.35 movie (Default aspect ratio of most production movies), you'll get black bars top and bottom on a 16:9 screen
If you have a 2.35 Screen, and rezoom the picture by hand (quite annoying to do on the 5030), you'll waste unused light and pixels. (Approximately 32% dimmer and 32% fewer pixels) With the 6030 and 2.35 adapter lens, you'll use all that light and all the pixels.
However the 6030 comes with the extra warranty, an extra bulb, and the mount. That alone can add up to $900. Plus you get a black projector to boot.Edited by DigitalGriffin - 11/15/13 at 1:47pm