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I will be buying an Acoustically Transparent screen, 2.35:1 and have narrowed my projector choices to the Panasonic 3000U and the Sony HW 10.


Is one preferable? I will be watching 50% movies (Blu Ray and SD) and 50% HDTV with this 2.35:1 screen.
 

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No Adapter Needed


Like most projectors, Sony HW10 needs an adapter. AE3000 passes Cinemascope images directly through its lens. For the moment - and how long is this moment? - Panasonic's direct lens imaging may be the best available. You can be sure projectors with native 2.35 panels are coming.
 

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Originally Posted by emf /forum/post/15491604

No Adapter Needed


Like most projectors, Sony HW10 needs an adapter. AE3000 passes Cinemascope images directly through its lens. For the moment - and how long is this moment? - Panasonic's direct lens imaging may be the best available. You can be sure projectors with native 2.35 panels are coming.

Sort of kinda correct...


The "adapter" is a Lens.

Both projectors throw the same image (16:9).

The difference is the panny can remember your zoom location when you zoom to fill the 2.35:1 the screen. You would have to do it manually with the sony.
 

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No "Lens" Needed, Not Ever


That's right. AE3000 comes with robotic lens control and you never have to get up and zoom to fill your screen and then get up to un-zoom back to 1.78. Like many other projectors, with HW10 you might buy a video processor for vertical stretch, and with that, add a heavy and clumsy "lens" that may drop and injure your guest.


You ask, "Is one preferable?" You'll be happy with either projector, but for your purposes as stated, including a Cinemascope 2.35 screen, Panasonic provides the most elegant solution for today. For tomorrow projectors with native 2.35 panels are coming.
 
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