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We've got a few HW55's coming in, if anyone is looking for a Christmas present ( for yourself perhaps ? ) !!

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We've got a few HW55's coming in, if anyone is looking for a Christmas present ( for yourself perhaps ? ) !!
I am sure my wife would be so excited

Craig, not sure if this projector would work for me though. Posting my earlier post
"I have a 90inch (diagonal) Stewart firehawk G3 and my throw distance will be 15 feet
From the calculator posted online, it looks like I need to move the projector closer. This may not be possible in my current setup

I currently have an epson 5010 at the same distance (15 feet) and never really end up using any of the torch modes (living living or dynamic) since most of my viewing is at night with (little or no ambient light)
Any chance that the sony will work for me?"
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I am sure my wife would be so excited

Craig, not sure if this projector would work for me though. Posting my earlier post
"I have a 90inch (diagonal) Stewart firehawk G3 and my throw distance will be 15 feet
From the calculator posted online, it looks like I need to move the projector closer. This may not be possible in my current setup

I currently have an epson 5010 at the same distance (15 feet) and never really end up using any of the torch modes (living living or dynamic) since most of my viewing is at night with (little or no ambient light)
Any chance that the sony will work for me?"
HW55 would not work for you. Max of 13'-9" for the 55. An Epson 5030 or a JVC RS4910 would work for you.

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I am sure my wife would be so excited

Craig, not sure if this projector would work for me though. Posting my earlier post
"I have a 90inch (diagonal) Stewart firehawk G3 and my throw distance will be 15 feet
From the calculator posted online, it looks like I need to move the projector closer. This may not be possible in my current setup

I currently have an epson 5010 at the same distance (15 feet) and never really end up using any of the torch modes (living living or dynamic) since most of my viewing is at night with (little or no ambient light)
Any chance that the sony will work for me?"

You're not thinking like a proper AVS forum home theater nut. You never move the projector forward - you get a bigger screen. Bigger, always bigger !

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ROTFL!
I tried my luck with that. Wife shot that idea down in a heart beat
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Am I just incredibly unlucky, or do these HW55ES projector all have a problem that after being on for a while they just start to flicker?

I first had a HW50ES, and it worked fine for few months, until it developed a problem where it would just sometimes start to flicker. At first it would happen once a day, but it got worse until I didn't get more than 1-15 minutes of clear picture at a time.

I can't post links, but there's a youtube video under the title "Sony VPL-HW50ES Flicker Issue", which captures what the flicker looks like pretty well. You can see it on a lot of real film content, but of course it looks worse when you have a fully bright scene. (A million ways to die in the west gave me a serious headache)

You can fix the flickering for a little while by just changing picture modes back and forth. And it doesn't happen as easily in bright lamp mode. And no it's not the film mode, and yes I have tested my sources extremely thoroughly, it is clearly the projector acting up. Also, as time goes by, the problem becomes worse, sometimes you can't fix it at all, you just have to ride the storm.

Then I got the projector replaced by HW55ES. This one also worked fine for few months, but now it is flickering exactly the same way.

In both cases the lamp usage is only at around 500 hours or so.

I'll have to get this one replaced too, but seriously, what's going on? Are they all like this? Or am I just unlucky? Do we know what percentage of units might have this problem? The youtube video has collected few comments of people who appear to have the same exact problem.

Thanks in advance...
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Am I just incredibly unlucky, or do these HW55ES projector all have a problem that after being on for a while they just start to flicker?

I first had a HW50ES, and it worked fine for few months, until it developed a problem where it would just sometimes start to flicker. At first it would happen once a day, but it got worse until I didn't get more than 1-15 minutes of clear picture at a time.

I can't post links, but there's a youtube video under the title "Sony VPL-HW50ES Flicker Issue", which captures what the flicker looks like pretty well. You can see it on a lot of real film content, but of course it looks worse when you have a fully bright scene. (A million ways to die in the west gave me a serious headache)

You can fix the flickering for a little while by just changing picture modes back and forth. And it doesn't happen as easily in bright lamp mode. And no it's not the film mode, and yes I have tested my sources extremely thoroughly, it is clearly the projector acting up. Also, as time goes by, the problem becomes worse, sometimes you can't fix it at all, you just have to ride the storm.

Then I got the projector replaced by HW55ES. This one also worked fine for few months, but now it is flickering exactly the same way.

In both cases the lamp usage is only at around 500 hours or so.

I'll have to get this one replaced too, but seriously, what's going on? Are they all like this? Or am I just unlucky? Do we know what percentage of units might have this problem? The youtube video has collected few comments of people who appear to have the same exact problem.

Thanks in advance...

Have you tried running it in high lamp for awhile? Could be a lamp issue - running it on high lamp usually cures this problem

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Mine is telling me to clean the filter. I don't have the manual easily accessible atm, and I've looked on youtube. Has anyone done this? Could you give me advice or a link?
Thank you!

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I used google and got an online manual, so it's all good now.

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Have you tried running it in high lamp for awhile? Could be a lamp issue - running it on high lamp usually cures this problem
I've ran it in high lamp mode for couple of hours at a time, and at least that has not helped the issue. I mean the problem doesn't happen nearly as easily in high lamp mode, but going back to low-lamp mode makes the problem come back quite soon. I have also seen the problem in high lamp mode, but not nearly as often (at least not yet).

Also switching between picture presets usually cures the problem for a little while just like toggling the lamp mode, but then it comes back pretty soon again.

So you have ran into this problem too? Have you seen many units with the same problem? And have you experienced that the problem becomes worse over time?

And most importantly, have you seen units that don't have this problem at all, even after few months of use?

Thanks!
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Mine is telling me to clean the filter. I don't have the manual easily accessible atm, and I've looked on youtube. Has anyone done this? Could you give me advice or a link?
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I can't post links so I can't do a "LMGTFY"

Anyway, just google "HW55ES manual", and check out pages 72 and 73. It's super easy to clean. Just make sure you don't let dust get into the projector while the filter is off.
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A buyer's question

Hello all,

I am currently thinking of upgrading my Home Theater with a better projector. But I really don't know which one to pick.
My current setup is a room about 380 centimeters wide and 440 long don't now for sure need to meassure again to be sure.
I have an KingPin 104" screen in the length of the room and currently I use an Benq W1070 as projector. And the room is
very dark, I painted all the walls and have dark grey/black carpet to get the best out of the projector.

The projector looks very very sharp but the contrast is not at what I would want it to be at. And the blacks are not that great eather.
I have made some black bars with a wooden frame stapled it and using a few strong earth magnets mounted on the screen frame it
really helpes making the picture better some movies. But the blacks are just mediocore black.

I have read some great thinks of the Sony VPL-HW55ES and the Epson TW9200/5030UB and want to be sure when choosing. I want to
watch 3D in a better way then my Benq W1070 deliverd. Gaming should be good enough to play FPS games also a little lag is no problem here for me.
I really want the best picture and blacks possible with one of thoose two projectors. Also I already have a location for the projector placement.
Don't know for sure how for away from the screen it is I think about 355 centimeter. So I want the projector hang on the same mount and project on my
104" screen.

Which projector would be better? Can someone give me some tips.

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Gaming should be good enough to play FPS games also a little lag is no problem here for me.
I'm very sensitive to lag and I can say I have had no lag problems with HW55ES. Just set it in gaming mode and make sure the motion compensation is off.

Note that many console games produce lag by themselves by pre-buffering too many frames ahead and waiting on v-sync, which is in many cases far in excess of lag produced by any projector.

PC games obviously do the same thing depending on your video card settings, but there at least you have ways to fight it.

Anyhoow, in cases where that part works, Sony also delivers nicely. The only real problem I've had is that flickering problem I am talking about above, which may be just me being unlucky with two different projectors...

On that note, there must be many HW55ES owners reading this, and I would love to hear if you guys have projectors that don't suffer from any flickering problem? I haven't really gotten a good answer to that question...(?)
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I'm very sensitive to lag and I can say I have had no lag problems with HW55ES. Just set it in gaming mode and make sure the motion compensation is off.

Note that many console games produce lag by themselves by pre-buffering too many frames ahead and waiting on v-sync, which is in many cases far in excess of lag produced by any projector.

PC games obviously do the same thing depending on your video card settings, but there at least you have ways to fight it.

Anyhoow, in cases where that part works, Sony also delivers nicely. The only real problem I've had is that flickering problem I am talking about above, which may be just me being unlucky with two different projectors...

On that note, there must be many HW55ES owners reading this, and I would love to hear if you guys have projectors that don't suffer from any flickering problem? I haven't really gotten a good answer to that question...(?)
same in here. i play call of duty on ps4 and havent noticed any lag so far!!!

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same in here. i play call of duty on ps4 and havent noticed any lag so far!!!
Butbutbut what about flickering of the picture, have you noticed any of that? (Why isn't anyone answering to that question...)

See couple of posts above for my description of my problem, if you missed it...

Thanks!
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Butbutbut what about flickering of the picture, have you noticed any of that? (Why isn't anyone answering to that question...)

See couple of posts above for my description of my problem, if you missed it...

Thanks!
Oh I can add links now, so here's the link to the video showing what my problem looks like (thereabouts);

On bright scenes my whole room is flickering like that. Not cool.

Am I the only one to have this? On two different projectors...?
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Oh I can add links now, so here's the link to the video showing what my problem looks like (thereabouts);

On bright scenes my whole room is flickering like that. Not cool.

Am I the only one to have this? On two different projectors...?
Hi, just got a brand new VPL-HW40ES with exact the same issue.
The projector randomly starts flickering in bright scenes. Switching modes and the flickering goes away.
I have a third party power cord and hdmi switch connected. Maybe that's a problem.
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Hi, just got a brand new VPL-HW40ES with exact the same issue.
The projector randomly starts flickering in bright scenes. Switching modes and the flickering goes away.
I have a third party power cord and hdmi switch connected. Maybe that's a problem.
Hi,
same problem here on my new HW40ES. The lamp has 50 hours. I have regularly this flickering problem after a random time in low mode.
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Hi, just got a brand new VPL-HW40ES with exact the same issue.
The projector randomly starts flickering in bright scenes. Switching modes and the flickering goes away.
I have a third party power cord and hdmi switch connected. Maybe that's a problem.
Nah it's probably something wrong with the power unit.

So no one has still reported of having actually well behaving unit...? This kind of thing cannot be just a flaw in every single unit, right? That would be pretty bad for a projector of this price range...
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