BenQ W1200 Home Theater Projector Review

Anamorphic Lens - Cinemascope

This is too easy. No, the BenQ W1200 does not support an optional anamorphic lens. Why should it, it’s hard enough to rationalize spending more on a lens, than the projector?

On the other hand…

I’m having no problem using the W1200 without lettterboxes, on Cinemascope movies with my 124 inch digaonal Stewart Studiotek 130, The screen iis a classic 2.35:1 aspect ratio for Cinemascope shaped movies, the same movies causing richer folks to add anamorphic lenses and motorized sleds to their more expensive projectors. so they have no letterboxing.

This goes back to comments above about a benefit of the 1.5:1 aspect ratio zoom lens.

I have the home theater projector set on a table, that allows it to fill the full width of the 124 inch screen, with a 2.35:1 movie, the actual letterbox above and below is off the screen, invisible on my dark walls. When I want to watch HDTV (or “dare I say it, 4:3), I get out of my chair, and walk to the projector and adjust the zoom, for a smaller image. Basically, I’m doing manually, what projectors like the Panasonic PT-AE4000 do with their Lens Memory feature. It works. Of course that would be a pain if the projector was ceiling mounted. The point is, if movies really are your thing, and you are going tabletop, this gives you the option of considering a Cinemascope shaped screen.

This home theater projector is so nice and bright, it had no problem at all, filling that screen, so I definitely took advantage of it when watching movies. That leaves me a size of about 97″ diagonal when I zoom out to watch HDTV, so brighter still.

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