Hi, Bob. Haven't seen your name for a while.
Yup, still here... good to see you are still active...
regarding 3D and the HTPC - Which Nvidia card do you currently have? I use the inexpensive GT430 and it works great with 3D on all the projectors I tested. I use Power DVD10 (never updated to 11 yet) and TMT5. I find either one will work better with certain movies, so it doesn't hurt to have both.
I am using a GTX 550 Ti (not a gamer's choice, but good enough for HTPC with hardware acceleration). The investment in 2 software players (TMT5 and PDVD11) is certainly minimal, as long as they play together nicely in the same system...
, so I have no problem going that route.
You can pull the BD's to ISO and use a free ISO mounting application that makes each ISO appear to be a drive letter than TMT5 or PDVD10 can load.
Ya...that's the plan.
There are some pains with the HTPC Nvidia setup such as trying to get it to correctly switch between 60hz, 24p and 24fp. An alternative I've been using with good success is one of the first 3D network media devices.
Yes, it is a problem even with 2D on the HTPC. The NAS tanks running Linux seem to do a much better job. I was using a Sage HD300 until recently...It is such a shame that Google bought them out and shelved them. They never got to the point of supporting 3D before going defunct...
I will check out the one you linked to, as I really enjoyed the ease of setup and use of the HD300.
Right now I have switched to J. River's Media Center 17. Though it runs on an HTPC rather than as a separate box, it is a really incredible player that sets up in about 5 minutes for perfect playback of most anything I have thrown at it...but it doesn't support 3D playback...yet.
i was not able to tweak the MV3D's quite as good as the Epson factory glasses, but I'll say they were my favorite of the factory glasses in regard to comfort and performance. I like the tint of the Epson glasses, it's quite close to the MV3D's. They fit fine over my glasses.
So you would recommend the Epson glasses over the MV3D's?
Can you run a 2 projector setup or would you definitely replace the RS35? I just picked up the RS55 and love the e-shift feature. mainly because I sit close to the 142" screen and the difference is pretty obvious when it's turned on. I won't be using the JVC for 3D, just my quality 2D BD's and dark sci-fi.
I am planning on sticking with 2 projectors, or at least for now. Before I give up my RS-35 I want to make sure that I have something else in place that will satisfy me better for 2D. I wish I had my Planar 8150 that I sold to buy the RS-35 - In many ways I liked it better, though the JVC does have a lower black floor.
I have watched the jvcx30-epson tw9000-sony hw30 in 3d and the hc7800 absolute wins from those projectors in 3d.
Hmmmm...another one to consider.
For 3D, I've been thinking about picking up another C3X and go the 2 projector passive route.
Wow, that would definitely be awesome! The alignment issues would be too much for me, though. But if you have the patience, that would make an incredible 3D setup with tons of lumens and really popping colors.
Just so that there is no misunderstanding, I am not criticizing JVC owners for their pick of projector. I am just pointing out that the JVC line is not without fault even for 2D, and that there are other factors that go into making a quality picture, not just high on/off contrast, and no one projector, even JVC, is perfect. It is just a matter of which qualities YOU find most important and which weaknesses YOU can live with. For me, I am willing to give up a little bit of black (like what can be gotten from the ~16k:1 Planar 8150, now marketed by Runco as the LS2, I think) in order to get more pop in mid and bright scenes, something that until now I have only gotten from DLP. My hopes are that the Epson will provide me with blacks that are "good enough" while giving me much more "pop" and "wow" (and higher ANSI) in mid and brighter scenes than I get from JVC. If not, the RS-35 will still be there...