Now that X-mas is past, a trip to Netherlands (visiting my parents and friends) done and I've actually gotten around to hanging the projector and do some quick calibration, here's some pictures:
After calibration, starting with a picture of the desktop on my 22" Wide TFT:
I find that the text isn't crispy clear (+ that I really should get a pair of glasses, but my gf confirmed it wasn't completely sharp), but the overall image was quite satisfying and subtitles are easy to read and seem fine. Unfortunately all walls here are white, so I will never get a truly good contrast in here.
As for the sharpness... right now I'm using my PC as source, using the following:
DVI -> VGA converter
VGA <--> VGA 3m cable (LOWEST quality)
VGA -> 5x BNC breakout (LOW quality)
From what I've read the best idea for getting optimal image quality is getting a Moome box, or better yet, card (which can be installed directly into the NEC). I wonder if that would give sharper image?
I did the lens focus and EF using a test pattern from the pc (using Nokia tool), perhaps I could get sharper result using the in-built? In any case, I reckon the internal test patterns are 'as sharp as it gets'? As usual hard to focus on blue.
As for the entire converging procedure, I find the manual somewhat meager. And one thing I really didn't understand yet:
there's an ALIGNMENT menu, and there's a CONVERGENCE menu... but most of the items seem to be the same? And in the manual, things start by Electrical focus (page 39, then follow some steps, then on pages 48/49 there seems to be some kind of roundup. But then things start anew?!
Page 50: static convergence, followed by dynamic convergence...
I reckon I am missing a point here...
Well I hope you guys can give me some pointers based on above pictures and questions!
One final thing:
I noticed that in a white screen, I get discoloration towards the side edges:
I'm using a wider image than the previous usage; is this simply the effect of wear, even though the tubes seemed in pretty good condition?
It's not disturbing me as it only shows in white screens and I don't want to decrease the projected area and be forced to re-hang the pj some cm backwards, so I'll have to live with it. I'm just wondering if that indead is due to wear.