Originally Posted by Jetprovost
I have been reading this forum and you guys obviously know your stuff. I hope that you can help me. I went into building a Home Theater thinking I wanted a 4k Projector with a 2:35 format. Great so I go to a Hifi store where the guy sells me on the Sony 350 (which I had in mind), but going 16:9 (mainly due to cost, and he reckoned I wouldn't mind the black bars). Done deal. then he leaves the company and a new guy is now saying 2:35 is the way to go and I wont be happy with 16:9 and I need an anamorphic lens. If I do that with the 350 he says I may as well buy the Sony 600.
Don't I need an anamorphic lens for the 600?
Wont the 350 get me what I want for less than the 600 even with a lens? I thought the only difference was lack of iris, lens memory, and brightness.
Any advice would be gratefully received,
I just upgraded to the 350ES and to a 2.35 screen. I went from 100" 16x9 screen to my current 133" 2.35 screen.
I love having 2.35 for widescreen movies, which is most blurays and many movies on Apple TV or Vudu, as well as some movies on cable. I always hated the black bars above and below my image when I watched widescreen movies, which are usually the best looking content you can find. The black bars made the image feel so much smaller. Now, I wish everything were in widescreen. Also, the black bars on the sides in 16x9 content really don't bug me too much, since the image is still as big as my old screen was.
If your screen is 16x9, you will never use the zoom feature, and lens memory is irrelevant to you, so I think the 600ES is not worth the extra money there for sure (others may love that dynamic iris, but I hear it's no big advantage). Additionally, even with a 2.35 screen, I find the manual zoom to be very fast (5 to 10 seconds) and no hassle at all. Lens memory would be nice to have, but I'd rather spend those extra thousands on something else that's not just a convenience feature. That money could buy a heck of an amp, preamp, sub, or any one of a number of other more important upgrades.
Finally, I see no reason at all for an anamorphic lens with this projector. The image looks razor sharp zoomed. Again, if money were no object, anamorphic lens would be cool and could, in theory, slightly improve your brightness and sharpness, but even at my large screen size, I doubt the difference would be easy to spot.
Just my two cents.