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Location: Suffern, NY, USA
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I ordered my unit late yesterday from "mydigital universe.com" and was shocked to see the UPS guy today right after lunch. As it turns out, that wasn't the only pleasant surprise:
I didn't have a chance to hook the unit up until about an hour ago, and there are so many tests I'm aching to try that I'll be busy for the next few days.
The unit has a very nice "Instant Setup" option that gets you up and running in no time at all. I connected the Sony to my Seleco 200DM via Monster component cables, and used the digital coax output to connect to a Denon AVR-4802 (I use an entirely different setup for music listening). The Seleco is projecting onto a 110" Stewart Firehawk screen.
Comparing the build quality with my RP-91 or RP84 is simple; there is no real comparison, the Sony wins hands down in this department (just the thickness alone of the Sony's AC cord makes a statement).
I have far too much testing to do to start going into too many details, and right now I'd probably be labeled as suffering from "New-Toy Syndrome" anyway.
However, I will say this much: Anyone who is waiting for this machine is in for one heck of a surprise. Right out of the chute one will notice the film-like quality of the image. The blacks will be the first thing that really knocks your socks off. Projector owners will especially appreciate the inky blacks that give way to excitingly vibrant colors. My wife couldn't get over the way the foil pom-poms glistened during the football game in Starship Troopers. "They actually look three dimensional," were her exact words.
And needless to say, the outer space scenes are breathtaking because of the incredible black levels (yes, I know the Selecos are noted for their great black levels, but they never looked this good with either of my Panny units).
And the Selecos are also noted for their great reproduction of reds, which leads me to the other big observation; so far I have not seen the chroma bug. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one. :rolleyes:
Yes, Cain, I tried the torture test with "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" and all went well (I got the normal motion blur instead of the dreaded jaggies).
Well I'm going back to play for a while, then I'll get down to doing some A & B comparisons.