I am planning to upgrade an audio-only room to an audio-visual system, with a Projector to provide the video component. Here is a thread I started which summarizes my overall plan, room specs, etc.:
Home Theater Plan
My initial plan was to use the Vivitek H1186-WT, with fairly low cost when I was starting my research ($637 on Amazon), good reviews, and especially its ability to readily handle 16:9 and 2.35:1 content. Now that I am nearing pulling the trigger on all of this, I can't find the Vivitek anywhere for less than $1000 at best. I called Vivitek, and they said it is discontinued, replaced by the H1188. That's all well and good, but I can't find the H1188 available anywhere on the internet; it's as if it doesn't exist.
So - I am exploring other options, and the HC3000 fits the bill in terms of throw, screen size, etc. My throw distance, ceiling mounted, will be 15' 6". The plan is to get the 138" 2.35:1 Silver Ticket fixed frame screen. This fills the available vertical distance on the wall where it will be mounted.
I want to be able to view 16:9 content, and have it fill the full 54" of visible vertical height of the screen, understanding that only 96" of the screen's width will be filled. But when viewing 2.35:1 material, I still want to fill the full 54" of vertical height of the screen, and have it now fill the full 126" of the horizontal visible portion of the screen.
Is this possible with the Epson 3000, and if so, how is it accomplished, how cumbersome, etc.? I'm hoping it won't require physically making adjustments on the Projector itself, although this isn't a deal-killer if it does.
Also, what are the practical benefits of going from the 3000 to the 3500, for my situation?
Thanks for any help!