Originally Posted by goondog
Can you share your setup.
Screen size, throw and any 2.35?
What are your initiall impressions?
Screen size is 117.5" 2.35 ws, Stewart Grayhawk reference, with the HD81-LV and the Panamorph UH380 lens + motorized transport. Throw is about 14', ceiling mount, and primary seating areas are slightly behind the projector.
Impressions - generally, amazing. Watching 1080p24 2.35 content via blu-ray or HD-DVD is incredible - far better than the theater, everything you could want, seriously. If you've never had a FP setup with 1080p, then I suggest you stop reading this forum and go get one instantly. If you've had one before and you want to know how this stacks up, I'm probably the wrong guy to ask as this is my first FP system.
The thing I love about the HD81-LV compared to the HD81 (which it replaced) is the brightness and the blacks - I can watch football on Sat/Sun with the curtains open and light coming in - not perfect, but totally watchable.
Some downsides with the HD81-LV:
I still have issues with Auto-235, though I know Jeff has reported it as resolved. My issue is in how the projector detects black levels - it's just not reliable enough so I just built 'Wide' and 'Norm' macros with my remote to handle the aspect ratio and lens in/lens out settings.
The projector is noisy, esp since it's more or less above our listening area. It's not horrible, but I have contemplated a hush box. I am sure that would be more trouble than its worth, and worry about impacting the already sketchy Optoma reliability issues.
Color out of the box is not good - green, as indicated by me above and others throughout this thread. It's not that big of a deal - a few tweeks and you're OK.
Hope it helps - overall, very happy if it doesn't break