Originally Posted by Lawguy
Those pics look pretty good to me. You have some fringing but not too bad. Take a few steps back and you won't see it at all. That is what counts. You will still have very good corner sharpness.
The sharpness of the projector is awesome. As was the one that died before it.
Also, the CA and purple fringing are absolutely expected, and not visible at all under normal viewing conditions.
I was mildly concerned about the convergence at the right corners, but even looking for it at my normal gaming distance on static white text, it isn't visible. (I game at a smaller size than I watch 2.35:1 material, but I don't expect it to be visible there either.)
All said and done, I am very happy with the IQ of both
TW4000s I've had, and I feel comfortable writing another mini review, based on my first few hours with each TW4000:Pros:
Amazing IQ (Great blacks, great sharpness, fantastic picture on the default setting, the first one had great uniformity, and while I haven't checked the second, nothing has jumped out at me.)
Good convergence and good optics (Both boxes had good/great convergence, with sharp corners and fantastic focus with minimal CA and purple fringing)
Very quiet. The high altitude setting is a little louder, but neither the high altitude setting nor high lamp mode seemed loud.
English remote (No Japanese on it at all...unlike the menus)
Very pretty. I wasn't a fan of the 1080UB/TW2000 design, while I did like the AE2000's look...seeing the TW3000 in white, I wasn't sure how much I'd like the look of the TW4000, but it looks very sleek.
Reasonable image lag in HDMI mode. (Gaming in both HDMI mode and VGA mode, I don't feel an noticable difference between gaming in HDMI mode or VGA mode.)
Amazing auto iris. Even in fast mode, it's very, very quiet, and does an excellent job. I sit right next to the projector, and accidently forgot to change modes before gaming once and didn't hear it at all.
Gamma adjustment mode allows custom gamma and shows you the effects of the gamma by freezing the current screen when you enter the gamma menu.
4000 hours lamp life on low? (If it gets anywhere close to that, I'll be estatic)
Image lag a small amount more than my Z3. A way to bypass the Reon chip would likely speed things up to at least Z3 levels, as Pixelworks chips are fast. Until it's confirmed that the Z3000 or AE3000 is faster than the Z3, I'm not going to list this as a con. (It's not a noticeable difference for me going from the Z3 to this, but I was hoping that four years of improvements would mean a faster projector.)
The projector is quite big, which might surprise people who haven't seen it in person. If you're shelf mounting on a back wall, make sure you realize just how far it is from the back of the projector to the lens.
Frame creation is enabled by default, even on the VGA input. There are two reasons I don't like this.
- Frame creation introduces noticeable image lag, which is bad for gaming and gave the appearance of lipsync issues during Transformers (It may just have looked unnatural, but it felt like noticable audio sync issues.)
- Frame creation does not look natural, and the default "normal" mode had jarring moments in scenes in both movies and one television show that I've watched with it.
My feeling is that while frame creation definitely helps some material, the default setting ("normal") on the TW4000 is not ready for prime time. I imagine it's how a lot of people felt about the very first auto irises. Ironically, by default, the auto iris is not enabled (and it does help quite a bit) while the frame creation is.
No English menus, probably because people aren't importing them from Japan anymore.
Dusty lenses. Despite the projectors being covered in a black bag and that bag wrapped in styrofoam wrap, and the lens being covered by a lens cap, both TW4000s had a substantial amount of dust on the front lens. Those of you with manual camera air blowers might want to be ready to be ready when you get your 6500s. The good news is that neither had any dust blobs, which is far more important.
30 second start up time, which feels longer, probably because I've had to turn on the first broken one so many times in the few days that I had it.
The "Cons" section may look as big as the "Pros" section, but don't let that fool you. Even with my first TW4000 having already gone to Projector Heaven in the sky, I have been nothing short of astounded by how good both of these projectors look. The blacks with the auto iris on are black
. With my lens shift and off white walls, I'm amazed at how good this thing looks. When I slide open the door on the left (when the hallway is dark) and hang up black curtains on the right and lay down a dark blue blanket on the floor in front of the screen, the picture quality improves even more, which makes me think that the IQ is limited by my room, and even then, I'm not looking for anything better than this...it's better looking than I expected. (See the very first post if you want to know more about that) I do wish image lag was groundbreakingly fast, but it's fast enough for me, and I'm sure I'll put thousands of gaming hours on it without any complaints. (If this second one survives