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Join Date: May 2001
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Some quick observations and I will try to post more detail later as I have to turn in soon.
First, this is the largest projector I have owned. The box is huge! In fact, the UPS guy looked a little flushed at 7PM when he rang the doorbell. I would say to CRT fans looking to upgrade to digital projectors that this one makes that jump much less noticeable if only in size alone. And, for those who asked, this is definitely a US unit. There is a designation on the box next to the label that it is meant for US sale.
I was able to place the projector on a high table behind my seating area and on top of its box to get some trial time with the unit- this put the unit almost dead center in the middle of the screen. First, I can tell you it is pretty sharp. Not as sharp as my Optoma DLP but sharper than most other PJs I have owned (mostly LCD). I can also say that dialing in the screen with this unit is a joy thanks to the power shift and zoom. Tonight I focused on making sure the unit was in good shape, so no calibration at all, just set it and forget it for now (Cinema mode, etc, etc.). I was focused on focus uniformity, making sure everything worked and playing with settings to stress test the unit. I can at least say it passed all with flying colors: convergence was spot on, sharpness was uniform all around the screen and everything seems to work as advertised.
So far, I am impressed with the picture quality right out of the box and I could actually live with it without calibrating it and that says a lot as I am usually obsessed with calibrating everything. There is no doubt this is the best black level performance I have ever owned and I watched snips of several movies with dark scenes and noted the shadow detail also blew away my Optoma and anything else I have owned.
After about 4 hours, I can already tell you it is staying here, no doubt. In fact, I have already ceiling mounted it a few minutes ago.
Tomorrow is another evening with this fine projector, some minor calibrating (greyscale will come later- at roughly 50 hours) and maybe a full length movie. I will try to post a full review then. I'll also grab a few pictures at that time. Thanks to all who suggested this projector, it is definitely worth the effort.
Living the HT Dream in 4D.
3D DLP Cinema 110"@9ft w/5.4.2 Atmos Sound and 6 Aura Bass Shakers