Hello! I just wanted to reply to your post saying that I have been having the same problems as you with the washed out DVD colors using component. I have the same projector as you, the Optoma es522. The only thing is that instead of using a component to VGA adapter, I ordered a cable that has the RGB (red green blue) on one end that plugs into the DVD player, and the other end is a male VGA connector that plugs into the projector, therefore I didn't need the adapter (the cable was cheaper). And so I got the cable and tried testing it out on a movie, but the color was washed out. I was kind of annoyed with this and I assumed it was the cable, but later when I tried to show my sister how the image looked weird with a different movie, the image was gorgeous! I tried several DVDs, and some worked and some didn't. I put in the DVDs again, and the same ones that had worked still worked, and the ones that didn't still didn't. And just now I have been trying to research and figure out if this is a common problem, and I have not been having much luck until I read your post. I have recently ordered a S-video cable that I was going to use with the DVDs that don't work with the component, and I hope this will be an upgrade compared to the yellow RCA I've been using, although it would be nice if the component cable worked with all DVDs... and I don't see why it isn't. Sorry if this wasn't really helpful or what you were looking for, but at least you're not the only one who has had this problem!