Originally Posted by mmiles
I know the i3 is dated but what are the pros and cons of each?
Many here have owned both so I thought it would be a good place to start.
I’ve had the I3 for sometime and have been pondering a projector change.
One thing not mentioned is that the ISCO is really suited for a curved screen , the DCR designed for a flat screen . The ISCO III has pincushion distortion, the paladin DCR barrel distortion. You can over scan for either to fit the image on screen, however the further back you mount the projector ( longest throw), the less the distortion .
I had the ISCO IIIL and DCR side by side , both are great product, neither seems to have an advantage for light or detail looking at 4K patterns . The one major difference is size and weight. The ISCO IIIL 1.33X is over double the weight and size of the DCR, the the ISCO 1.25 X is even bigger and heavier, you really need a separate mount for this whereas the DCR is small and light weight , in some cases, you can easily suspend this lens from the same mount as the projector.
Pretty sure only certain projectors have the ability to process the additional pixels ( 4098) from the 17:9 chip that can be used with the DCR , Sony projectors can certainly take advantage of this . Sony also has the ability to shrink the image content therefor there is no need to move the lens out of the way for 16:9 content . Hope that is right I may have that backwards This is only applicable to the DCR and ISCO 1.25X, the ISCO 1.33 lens can only utilize 3860 pixels regardless. Not sure that is an advantage except for content delivered, as most is filmed to fit 16:9 chips , scaling to 4098 ( 17:9 chips) may introduce scaling anomalies .
Dedicated Theater: Sony VPL VW5000 , Panamorph DCR & ISCO III L Anamorphic Lens, Draper TecVision XT1800X Screen, 2.40:1 134" diagonal curved , Denon AVR-X8500 , 9.2.6 Atmos, Panasonic UB900, Oppo 203, Lumagen Pro 4440 , (3) Paradigm CI Elite E7-L+C+R fronts, , (2) CI Pro P80-IW Rear, (2) Paradigm SA-ADP In-wall Surround, (6) SIG-1.5R-30 v.3 In-Ceiling, Subwoofers: (2) SVS SB-16 Ultra , (1) SVS PC13-Ultra .
Last edited by roxiedog13; 01-16-2020 at 04:56 PM.