Looking for a projector. Widescreen on 4:3?

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  1. TomBarnard

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    I am looking to purchase a front projector and am leaning towards the Sanyo Z1 because of it's reviews on htf. I recently saw a low-end BenQ model (the PB2120) in Home Theater Builder magazine recommended, but it is a 4:3 projector. I plan on watching widescreen dvd's exclusively on my new projector. It will never be used for standard or HDTV or any other purpose. Considering my widescreen source material, am I best suited to stick with the 16:9 native Sanyo or is there another recommendation in the sub-$1500 category? Thanks for any help.
     
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    Have you tried the Infocus X1? I just finished a free demo and it's a great program. They paid shipping both ways, I received the projector the day after I ordered it, and it was a really good way to see how it can work in my HT.
     
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    Exclusive for DVD watching,
     
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    Jack,

    The link you added to the X1 trial needs to start "HTTPS:\..." not "HTTP:\..." The form on that page takes a credit card number and without the "S" people could submit a credit card number over the internet without encryption. [​IMG] Please Update your post.

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    thanks for all the help. Particularly the link to Projector Central. That is a fantastic resource. I am finding models that I didn't know existed. It is now an even harder decision, but the Epson Powerlite Home 10 seems to be a strong contender within my
     
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    If you are only going to watch widescreen movies, get a 16x9 projector and screen.

    But if you are also going to watch a significant number of older movies or tv shows on dvd, you should consider a 4x3 projector and screen.

    I went with a BenQ PB8220 4x3 projector and screen because while I am fanatical about correct aspect ratio and won't buy or rent a P&S movie, I do like a lot of older movies and some tv shows on dvd. The projector can switch between 4x3 and 16x9 at the touch of a button, and while I sacrifice a little height in 16x9 mode over a dedicated 16x9 projector, I get a 34 sqft image in 4x3 mode, which no dedicated 16x9 projector can come close to when using a 100" screen like mine.
     

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