Originally Posted by HudsonK
Hi guys, I need some help here.
I currently own a Panasonic AE8000u. It is long in the tooth (2012). And I want an upgrade to 4k.
The trick is...I have a 144" diagonal 2.39:1 screen. And the AE8000u allows me to change between 16:9 and a zoomed out 2.39:1 ratio which fills my 2.39:1 screen. It is an excellent feature of that projector.
I have been looking at 4k projectors today. And I can't find one that will fill my 144" screen in the 2.39:1 ratio, at roughly a 14'2" to 14'8" throw (depends on projector size).
My budget is anything under $10,000.
Can anyone help me out? Even point me in the right direction/link? Do I need to use an anamorphic lens? I don't know much about this stuff, though I am trying to get up to speed.
What's required is a projector with motorized lenses with memory with a throw range of a minimum 1.39x. The PT-AE8000 has a minimum throw range of 1.35x.
144" is a bit on the large size.
What is the fabric of the screen, and/or the gain?
Room environment? Ambient light, room treatment, color of walls.
An anamorphic lens will effectively increase the brightness by around 30% (for scope video, which is what is being used here). But they can be expensive.
There are a few options. Depends on how much you want to spend.
The Epson 6050UB is bright enough for 144" without an A lens. It's got good blacks, but it's faux 4K with only around 4 million pixels vs. around 8 million on other faux 4K or native 4K units.
Some people are fine with the Epson, but for others the pixel fill is not enough. Two factors that can contribute is seating distance and visual acuity, as well as personal preference.
What is the seating distance?
Some picture of the 6050UB from different distances: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/68-di...l#post57908030
JVC NX5. Might not be bright enough without an A lens, but it's user specific.
A good option here is to purchase B stock of NX5:
Originally Posted by coderguy
Email Mike Garrett or Craig from this forum and ask them if they can put you on a waiting list for any B-stocks. The NX-5 B-stocks are going to be more than the Epson, about 1/3rd more. They are not going to be easy to come by, but they come in waves, you'll need patience. They might be able to give you a generalized estimate on how long they may get some back in...
JVC NX7. An upgraded version of the NX5.
Or used previous faux 4K JVC.
[QUOTE=coderguy;59040064]Keep an eye out for a used JVC RS-400/420/440 in the classifieds... The older JVC's prior to the RS-400 are not that good for a 120".
If you are not familiar with the JVC lineup, the most recent ones are the NX series (5/7/9), and the previous generation was the JVC RS-440/540/640. Then before that the 420's and 400's.
And some models from the Sony 4K lineup.