Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Panama City, FL
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Things are coming together. It was a rocky start, but I think all the bugs have just about been worked out.
Installation of the aperture was a little bit of an ordeal. It installs on the end of the intregrator rod, which is pretty deep inside the projector. As big as these machines are, they still must be made by little people. Getting hands into certain places to remove screws is just about impossible.
The initial setup for 2D went well. The 3D was a problem. Displaying a 3D image went smoothly, which i was surprised about, considering how sensitive HDMI can be. There are quit a few items in the chain, but they all played perfectly together. The problem was getting the REALD CE4 glasses to sync. For whatever reason, I can not get the REALD EXXR emitter to work with the Barco. I don't know if its a different sync output or what. I got a Volfoni 3D setup from Alan and it worked immediately.
After calibration and with the aperture installed I get 35FL with the lamp fully dimmed and 75FL with lamp at 100%. That is with the 3KW lamp.
The very next day after the projector was calibrated it wouldn't come on. I was getting a Red "OS STAT" light. The Cinema board had to be replaced. I got it replaced on friday and all was well. Then on saturday I went to turn the projector on and had a red "ICP STAT" light. The ICP board had failed. Needless to say I was not happy. But in all the furstration I did learn how incredible Barco service is. The software for the projector is incredible. On saturday I used the software to create a diagnostics package which I then emailed to the Barco NOC center on saturday. Within 30 mins they had determined the ICP board had failed. They then had one shipped on saturday via an American Arlines flight. It was delivered to me on Sunday at 1:30pm via a special courier.
I could not be an happier with the level of service from Barco! It is top notch. I was able to install the board and update the software of the board to match the projector software. Then I loaded a Clone file which was created when my projector was setup. The clone file reloads all of the settings. Within 30 minutes of receiving the board I was back up an running.
The picture is stunning. Every single aspect of the projector is better than an consumer level projector on the market, except for black level performance. The black level performance with the aperture is not quite as good as my Titan Reference 3D was, but its not to far off. I could not be any happier with the decision to get a DCI machine. Now I just hope I don't have any more board failures.
I just wish I could figure out why the REALD EXXR emitter and CE4 glasses won't sync. I really prefer those glasses and I love the 2D mode option. If I have a bunch of people over to watch a 3D movie, but someone doesn't like the 3D, they can just put their pair of glasses in 2D mode. Then both eyes either sync with the left or right image only.
The setup right now is as follows.
All sources to Lumagen XE
Output 1 of Lumagen to Anthem AVM50v for audio only
Output 2 of lumagen to HDMI splitter.
One output of HDMI splitter to DVI connector on projector for 2D sources.
The other output of HDMI splitter to (SPECIAL HDMI BOX)
Out of (Special HDMI BOX) to Doremi Dimension-3D box
Out of Doremi thru DUAL HD-SDI Cables to HD-SDI connectors on projector for 3D.
All of the switching works great, and since everything routes thru the Lumagen, any source can be sent directly to the projector for 2D or thru the Doremi box for 3D.