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I have an older 720p short throw Sharp projector which I still love. The lens is 10'8" from the screen and throws a 7'8" wide 16:9 screen. At 16:9, the picture is beautiful, bright, and I'm still content with the resolution. When we watch 2.35:1 movies the reduction in size and brightness is too much so I have to bump the brightness up through the settings to the point where you see the gray bars above and below, and the screen is just shy of a size I would be content with. I project on a gray wall that is a little over 10' wide. Nobody else seems to mind the gray bars or the size, but I do.So my questions for prism owners are:
I just finished the basement rebuild, and the plan was to upgrade to a brighter higher contrast projector that could zoom out to fill the 10' width, but I want to hold off for a few reasons. This projector still works well and has a lot of life in it, the basement cost a lot so money is tight at the moment, and I really feel like projectors are taking a leap right now with LED light sources 4K and HDR, and I feel like a little waiting will enable me to get a lot more for my money. The biggest reason though, is that it seems like there are no short throw projectors anymore, and I'm buying time hoping that someone steps up to fill the gap between ultra short throw and standard.
With all this in mind, I was hoping for a really cheap anamorphic solution to use in the interim, thinking that I might only use it for 6 months and then upgrade the projector. The other part of me thinks that having an anamorphic lens might allow me to hold off longer, or even have the option to buy a standard throw projector and still fill my screen width.