Originally posted by tomti21
"It's right up there with how darn good the Infocus units are. Colors are out of control with this machine."
Can you elaborate on these lines ? English is not my 1st language (sorry !) and i don't understand what you mean. Do you speak of the Optoma or Infocus ?
And what do you mean about the colors ? You mean it's great ?
Sorry for my poor english and thanks to you
The infocus units are known for being pretty close to tracking a perfect 6500K greyscale right out of the box. The Infocus 5700 is especially good of the units that I have had here on display and installed for customers. I've not had the same luck with projectors from other manufacturers. Even with a lot of tweaking on some units, I've flat out been unable to get consistent color temperature numbers throughout the various IRE levels.....
The Optoma I got was not anywhere near calibrated out of the box. It sounds like Tom's unit was a lot closer than mine. Taking a baseline with Colorfacts confirmed my suspicions.
All I was saying with my comment was that after calibration, the Optoma tracks an almost perfectly flat greyscale. In addition, the colors are spectacular with this unit. The Infocus reds look almost orange by comparison to the Optoma (I'm exaggerating of course). Greens are also much deeper with the Optoma.
This is in no way shape or form a knock against Infocus. I absolutely love their machines. Without question I prefer the Infocus 4805 over the H30 from Optoma by a good margin. I have spent many enjoyable hours with the light cannon otherwise known as the Infocus Screenplay 5700. I also really really like the 7205. However, it doesn't really begin to shine until the screen size gets big... that's where all those lumens really give it an advantage over the competition. On a big Firehawk screen, I could happily live with the 7205. On a smaller screen, I do prefer the Optoma because you just can't beat the blacks and contrast. It's just a different application, and different design choices were made for each model. I just installed a IF 5700 in an ambient light environment that would absolutely make everyone cringe. It made me cringe, but no amount of persuading for decor changes were going to be heard by the customer's significant other.... so we were forced to work within those constraints and put in a light cannon to overcome some of the ambient ligh issues.... Voila! IF 5700 to the rescue. Other projectors would have absolutely chocked in this situation and been totally useless. THe 5700 works surprisingly well in the worst of times, and pretty darn good in the best of times at night.... again, its all about the application that the unit will be used in....
According to my testing, I'm seeing 1% overscan via DVI when fed the projectors native panel resolution. I don't know what others are getting. That seems more than acceptable to me.
Also, another point in favor of the Infocus.... the faroudja processing makes component, composite, and Svideo sources look better than those same sources being fed into the Optoma. It's not a massive difference between the two units... but DVI is noticably better on the Optoma whereas the difference between those inputs and DVI on the Infocus isn't as pronounced....
The Bravo D2 looks waaaaaaaay better than it has any right to on the Optoma. HTPC is still a better overall picture.... but it's close....I can't believe I am demoing and selling a $250 DVD player with a $9K projector... something just doesn't seem right here....