Hi, quick question from an OG budget CIH enthusiast.
I've been enjoying my el cheapo setup for the past 7 years - Epson 8350 and fixed Panamorph Cinevista with ratio modes via my Onkyo 818 receiver. It works great, and gives me one-button toggling between 16:9 and 2.35. Doesn't hold a candle to current technology, but the first-gen Qdeo and Vida chipsets are fine for 1080.
The 8350 is EOL so I'm replacing it with a refurb Epson 3100, the cheapest decent pj still on the market ($680!) with panel convergence controls to correct chromatic abberation from the Cinevista.
Long story short, I just found out about the Onkyo recall which would let me get a brand new Atmos receiver for a few hundred bucks. Great! The problem is that video processing has gone out of style with 4K, so Onkyo has dropped it entirely from its current crop, as has everyone else. So unless I can find some kind of cheap alternative to the 818's 4:3 horizontal squeeze and 2.35 vertical stretch modes, I'm stuck with it.
I see a few used Lumigen Mini-3Ds around for $300-400 which I guess would be best option, but I'm loathe to shell out more $ for what is essentially a system on its last legs before I scrap everything and start again.
Any other ideas for doing the A-lens stretch/squeeze?