Originally Posted by John Schneider
Thanks for the response.
I take it that overall, it's an upgrade from the IN83 and most (if not all) of the issues have been resolved with the firmware upgrade?
Definitely much better overall and a very good upgrade if, and only if, the issues are resolved. Until then, while I can say I've been very happy with it indeed as a replacement for the IN83, I wouldn't be able to recommend it, because it doesn't work properly! As mentioned, turning the DI off is fine and the tearing issue has been resolved, but the lock up issue is the big one that needs to go before I can say this is a great purchase (which it very nearly is).
I watched Avatar last night and it was unbelievable – far, far better and more impressive than at the cinema and with enough 3D pop to be 3D enough for me though with so much more detail and depth of color.
Having said that...
I'd thought maybe I was that lucky 1 in a 1,000 not to get a projector with a lock-up problem (or was it the other way round?!), but sadly not.
I did experience my first lock-up issue last night, interestingly having just switched from viewing Sky HD for the first weeks of owning my projector to a blu ray player.
When I went into the blu ray menu and tried to put on the 24p option the projector tried to reset itself for the new resolution, but seemed to get stuck and freeze on the image, then, as other users have said previously, no controls worked, turning off the blu ray didn't work, unplugging the HDMI didn't work, so I had to pull the plug.
Last time I looked, nobody has said this problem has been fixed yet.
I've just emailed IN FOCUS today and from experience they are brilliant and responsive, so hopefully they will get the message.
I'm told that other issues have been resolved with firmware updates and that the next one will look at improving the DI, but this lock-up issue is, to me and I think others, the thing that would stop me buying the projector (if I hadn't already) until I was sure it was fixed.
Out of interest, has anyone figured out any settings/situation where the lock up doesn't happen? Could be coincidence, but I never experienced it on 1080i content.
My projector is table mounted, so it isn't an issue with ceiling mounting, the room isn't what you'd call particularly hot or cold and the vents are clear.
If I was guessing I'd say it is a problem with 24p or an occasional (but all too frequent) glitch that happens when the unit switches between resolutions. Seeing as the tearing issue was 24p connected I'm thinking their testing in this area wasn't all that comprehensive.