Time to upgrade to ultra-wide home cinema says Panamorph

posted on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 by David Slater

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Time to upgrade to ultra-wide home cinema with Panamorph, By realising the 2.4:1 aspect ratio of at least 70 per cent of all new film releases, custom installers can upgrade their client’s home theatres to a professional level. That’s the message from distributor Habitech, which is now shipping Panamorph’s Paladin (8K-ready) and Phoenix (4k-ready) 2.4:1 Panamorph Ultra-Wide lenses. These can be used in conjunction with JVC’s current e-shift 4K projector lineup. 

Panamorph has released a video  (above), in which Shawn Kelly explains how the Ultra-Wide commercial cinema format of 2.4:1 is much wider than the 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect ratio of 4K/UHDTV and HDTV standards. This means that in order to view Ultra-Wide on a 16:9 screen it must be ‘letterboxed’ by two black bars, created by turning off approx. 25 per cent of the display device’s resolution while trapping 25 per centof the light and converting it to heat. Effectively consumers are getting 3K performance from a 16:9 4K UHD display.

Panamorph has worked directly with home theatre projector manufacturers for over 10 years, so that today every leading projector model can be converted to the full cinema UltraWide 2.4:1 aspect ratio using a Panamorph lens. In the process over two million pixels are reclaimed for a 4K UHD picture, delivering higher brightness and higher definition from the display device. By avoiding unnecessary light loss and black bars, Panamorph’s new Paladin and Phoenix Ultra-Wide lenses improve the visual performance of the entire home theatre investment by over 30 per cent.

In addition to the obvious performance advantages, a further benefit of the upgrade from 16:9 to Ultra-Wide 2.4:1 is the enormous practicality of being able to install a 2.4:1 screen within the height dimension of a UK room: a 16:9 screen with the same width would be through the ceiling!

David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a
popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
Living North

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