I'm leaning toward a JVC since nearly all of my use will be watching 2D movies in a blackened room, but I'm hearing Sony is catching up to JVC's black levels with this one... figured I should look at one before pulling the trigger. Thanks in advance for any tips.
In a german forum I was told that it's inherent in the encoding. So discs without this special code allow a player to squeeze. It could also be that when a 2.4:1 flag is set squeezing is prohibeted. If that's indeed so and if so why I could not verify yet. But this would explain why the Oppo can squeeze 16:9 content.
What could be helpful is to find a 2.4:1 disc which the Oppo can squeeze, than it's the encoding. If there are no examples than it might be a flag set by the 2.4:1 format.
Is anybody using his HW50 together with a PCH A400 media player?
Curious if a full 3D BD ISO is "switching" the HW50 into 3d mode. Over at the A400 forum my supplier (were I probably going to buy the HW50) is mentioning that a 3D ISO is playing in 2D on the Sony.
Other projectors are working fine with same A400 and are switching to 3D.
Also, can the projector be mounted via a 3point mount? I have a vantage point CGUPM12-S mount for my current projector and was hoping to just slap the sony on w/o having to worry about getting a new mount.
I don't think I've got image drift but I have noticed how sensitive my RPA Chief Mount is even when just using the horizontal and vertical lens shift knobs. It seems like if I breathe too hard the projector will move slightly! I don't know if it's correct or not but I've set my zoom to be just slightly outside of the screen width so the edge of the picture fades into the black felt border of my screen. I lose a few pixels but at least I can set it and forget it this way. This is my first projector so if anyone has any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
As far as image or focus drift someone else mentioned that if the projector is not well ventalated they see heat wave like patterns in the image. I have not seen either image or focus drfit except maybe the first few days with the focus but I wonder if it could be heat related. The Sony is so quiet that perhaps in environments where it is getting hot this could be a factor (due to minimal cooling)? I also don't use any horizontal shift and just a small amount of vertical. If the lens shift is used at more extreme settings maybe this is a factor in any image drift? Just some thoughts.
Yeah that was me, with the video, etc. Focus drifted quite a bit over time.
But now that I have it well ventilated, I haven't redone the focus drift test (shoot a close-up of the center of the projected image every 10 minutes for 90 minutes). I should do that. OTOH, now I notice that the image is pretty well in focus (to my eye) even when I turn the projector on.
So there might be less focus drift now. And, yes, I'm willing to bet it has to do with heat.
But there are many other factors. Lens shift, zoom, focus. For example, if you happen to focus in the middle of the 'sweet spot', perhaps the drift doesn't show up as visually perceivable. By changing the zoom, I bet you change the depth of focus; if you have more depth of focus, then the drift may not show up, etc.
Lots of variables. Best thing to do is focus after the projector's been on for an hour. Then next time you turn the projector on (next day or at least after it's cooled down completely), see if it's still in focus.
I run in low lamp mode, with cooling set to 'high', since even in that mode the projector's still really quiet.
P.S. Here's the video with the heat wave like patterns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ny8fmacU0g
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How does it move exactly? Something isn't installed right. I have the RPA Chief mount, and I don't think I can get the projector to move without breaking the projector or pulling the lag bolts out of the joist.
Have you tried calling AVScience?
I have a 9" drop and I could hang my 220 lbs from it with no issue. I think the problem I have is with the fine adjustment screws. I don't want to over tighten them but perhaps they are not tight enough? Just tightening the 4 bolts that mount the projector to the mounting plate affect the alignment pretty significantly. How do I tell how much lens shift I'm using? Seemed like I had to use a lot of vertical shift even though I'm within an inch or two of the top of the screen with a ceiling mount. Also, horizontal was off even though projector is within an inch of mid mount. Is there something to tell me where 0 is on these manual adjustments? Been doing this in the dark mostly so don't tell me there are tiny marks on the knobs?!
Yes. It's going to be quite a bit brighter. Roughly 200 lumens considering both units are calibrated. It also has the Reality Creation software that the HW30 is lacking. This is an image sharpening software that works just like a Darbee Darblet. You'll also be getting a big boost in contrast as the HW50 has a dynamic iris that digs deeper. Apart from image differences you also get two pairs of 3D glasses included in the box and an extra lamp included.
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They claim a redesigned optical path which is probably true since it uses the same bulb as the 30 but it is spec 400 lumens brighter. They could be running the bulb at a slightly higher power level. The spec'd contrast ratio is about 2x larger than the 30, but we all know the games they play with spec'ing these so I don't know if it is really better. The big one is the 50 has Sony's Reality Creation algorithm. This is basically a smarter image enhancing algorithm. Some people swear by them, but I question if they are really needed. It's hard to find one setting that fits everything. IMHO, one setting might make certain images look better but they may be detrimental to others.
But the biggest deal is that the 30 no longer comes with the 3D IR transmitter and glasses whereas the 50 has the transmitter built-in, comes with 2-pairs of 3D glasses, and an extra bulb.
The 50 is probably a better value if you can get well below MSRP today, but the 30 is by far no slouch. I have no regrets buying the 30 about a year ago. If I was buying today I would buy the 50 since it is probably about the same price as the 30 was last year.
The only real advantage of the 30 at this point is if you are going to do 3D there is no audible buzz coming from the IR emitter (or it is far enough away by the screen to not hear it).
Looks like I need to upgrade my receiver to get 3D from my PS3 to it, but I watched a bit of "Cars" with my son in simulated 3D and it looked pretty good. The IR emitter on the projector does make a bit of noise, but I haven't tried any adjustments on that yet. When it is running in 3D mode, I can't use my Harmony remote to control my Blu-Ray changer or receiver via my Russound panel (IR forwarding back to equipment rack in a closet). The Russound panel has its IR "activity" light lit constantly, so it is picking up the IR from the 3D emitter. Guess I may need to switch to either RF remote control or RF 3D glasses. I'm guessing that'd probably be an issue with any IR 3D projector setup, not just this one.
So far very happy! Thanks to Mike @ AVS for the great recommendation and purchase experience!
Has anyone tried the PS3 glasses with their HW50? When I was on the phone with Sony ES support to get my external emitter, I asked them if these glasses would work. He said they'd been instructed to offer these as a "lower cost" solution to the glasses shipping with the HW50's. Just curious if anyone has any experience with them yet? They're only $20 on Amazon atm.
No, please complain to Sony. My replacement HW50 flickers. Every day. If you put it into high lamp then bring it back to low lamp, it disappears for a little while. But then comes back. I'm extremely sensitive to flicker, so it bothers me.
Sony needs to know there are a number of complaints of flicker. You're at least the 5th person to complain of flicker now on AVS (including me).
One of the reason I stepped up from Panasonic to Sony was to b/c I'd rarely heard of flicker issues with Sony projectors... go figure!
Has anyone tried the PS3 glasses with their HW50? When I was on the phone with Sony ES support to get my external emitter, I asked them if these glasses would work. He said they'd been instructed to offer these as a "lower cost" solution to the glasses shipping with the HW50's. Just curious if anyone has any experience with them yet?
BB doesn't even carry the HW50. If they did it would likely show on their website before hitting their stores. You're most likely going to have to seek out smaller boutique shops and see if any of them have it. I'm in the same boat here in St. Louis. I can only see the HW30 or RS45 in person. Nobody has the new stuff on display.
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