Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Dawsonville, GA USA
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Just home from the West Coast and catching up on some reading here! It was really good to meet so many people from the forum and have a chance to hang out for a while. Also, thanks to all for the kind words, those 20's slipped in pockets were money well spent! :-)
A couple points of clarification...
1. The Sharp 20K does not have a DI...it has a 3 position iris that we normally ran in HC mode unless we were demonstrating the difference it black level when the projector was in HB mode.
2. We did have a Silicon Optix processor sitting on top of the HDDVD player that was feeding both the RS1 and the 20K, but was not turned on or connected...both machines were fed HDMI via a splitter. The HD10K in the other room did use the SO processor to get the proper AR for the Anamorphic lens.
3. The lens on the RS1 is manual zoom and focus, not motorized...the H and V offset is bi-directional, meaning you can adjust the image up/down/left/right. In other words, you could sit this projector right side up on a shelf, above the top of the screen and adjust the offset down as necessary...no need to invert the projector if using above the screen centerline.
4. All connectors are at the rear of the projector.
5. We did compare the Pearl side by side with the RS1 at night after the show closed...this was the first time I personally got to see the two units side by side and I will say that after considerable tweaking on the Pearl, the color and overall picture quality on the two was such that you might have thought you were looking at two RS1's or two Pearl's...this on a variety of medium to high APL scenes. With a total fade to black or a very dark starfield, the RS1 was noticeably blacker in any Iris mode and certainly as bright in a bright scene. The observations were made strictly using HDDVD source material, we didn't evaluate SD scaling or other factors, just colorimetry, brightness, black level and sharpness. There did seem to be a little bit of color non-uniformity showing up at the corners, but it was very minimal.
Thanks to Kei and her crew for having us over for drinks and an opportunity to show off the HD10K with the Schneider lens...it mesmerized a few people.
"Speaking only for myself...."