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Joe,

I bought an A35 from Amazon today, they're selling for $100 less than Best Buy. Couldn't pass the deal up. Then I think I'll be getting the new Panny 30k. Does your Pioneer do all audio formats?
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Yes, the Pioneer does it all and more. I was just watching King Of New York Blu ray with your settings and I cannot believe how nice the picture is... Great work Omar!

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IIMU that DVD is native 480i, and BR is native 1080p24

Thanks, I do understand the native resolution of BR and HD DVD, I was only asking if playing a DVD in one of the mentioned players if it would pull 480p directly off of the disc. I thought that standard DVD players had a limitation or something in the lazer that wouldn't allow it to pull 480p.
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I never could get an exact answer to the age old question about DVD and how the 480 is stored on disc. I have read things about a flag on the disc that can be set for it to output pure 480P but I can not find that through google now. But I did do a search and still get two answers from two sites:

From CNET: http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5107912-1.html

480p - 480 progressive; form of standard-definition digital television (SDTV) comparable to VGA computer displays but not considered high-definition television (HDTV), though 480p is discernibly cleaner and slightly sharper than analog television. The native resolution of DVD is 480p, but that resolution can be seen only if a DVD player outputs a progressive-scan signal and the DTV has progressive-scan or component-video inputs; it is also known as EDTV.

Thanks for the link. I don't think this is where I read this but I know I read this from somewhere that I thought was a credible source for information. To hard to think back seven years ago. Thanks for the info.
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Yes, the Pioneer does it all and more. I was just watching King Of New York Blu ray with your settings and I cannot believe how nice the picture is... Great work Omar!

Thanks, Joe! Glad I could be of help. And thanks for the buying tips. I'll keep the Pioneer in mind along with the Panny. Want to see actual hard core testing of both when the Panny comes out. You have any links to reviews/tests on the Pioneer?

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Nothing yet on the Pioneer. It is still very new. If people could see a Blu ray or HD DVD title with your settings then they would not question the price of the Black Pearl. They would wonder why it is so cheap! Seriously.

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It is the same as the VW50.

And since it was already posted in that thread:
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Nothing yet on the Pioneer. It is still very new. If people could see a Blu ray or HD DVD title with your settings then they would not question the price of the Black Pearl. They would wonder why it is so cheap! Seriously.

Haha, yeah I agree with you! Interesting thing is, "my" settings are pretty close to stock out of the box Cinema settings, with the exception of switching the Iris to manual and changing the color temp. I tried Mike's suggestion of Gamma 3 last night on Underworld and liked it a lot. I'm going to have to run that gamma program disc, because what I'd like lies between Gamma Off and Gamma 3...Off is a bit too bright and 3 is a bit too dark. We'll see what the disc says. Has anyone tried that disc yet to see if it's worth it?

About your Pioneer 95, have you had any glitches, skips, frame drops, pops or problems of any kind with the video or audio on it?

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Haha, yeah I agree with you! Interesting thing is, "my" settings are pretty close to stock out of the box Cinema settings, with the exception of switching the Iris to manual and changing the color temp. I tried Mike's suggestion of Gamma 3 last night on Underworld and liked it a lot. I'm going to have to run that gamma program disc, because what I'd like lies between Gamma Off and Gamma 3...Off is a bit too bright and 3 is a bit too dark. We'll see what the disc says. Has anyone tried that disc yet to see if it's worth it?

About your Pioneer 95, have you had any glitches, skips, frame drops, pops or problems of any kind with the video or audio on it?

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I agree. I have been switching back and forth between gamma 3 and gamma off and I think I like gamma off best. One right inbetween would be nice. Flesh tones with gamma off seem better.

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It is all about taste because I keep settling for gamma 3...

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Well, Gamma Off gives better detail and highlights, Gamma 3 gives deeper shadows. Of course, it doesn't have to be one or the other, just program two User settings identical except one Gamma Off and the other Gamma 3, switch to taste depending on the movie

Mark, have you tried the calibration disc that came with the projector?

Joe, did you see my question about the Pioneer, regarding frame drops, etc.? The info (even if by PM to avoid conflicts and such) would truly be appreciated. Also how long have you had it, about how many titles have you tried in it, and how many if any firmware upgrades have you done? I'm trying to decide between it and the Panny 30k that's coming out this month.

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It is all about taste because I keep settling for gamma 3...

Could also have a lot to do with screen material, ambient light.. etc...

Gamma 3 is the most accurate though according to the Sencore analyzer though.

Wish I had a HD/BR player so I could really try it out.

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Well, Gamma Off gives better detail and highlights, Gamma 3 gives deeper shadows. Of course, it doesn't have to be one or the other, just program two User settings identical except one Gamma Off and the other Gamma 3, switch to taste depending on the movie

Mark, have you tried the calibration disc that came with the projector?

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No, not yet.

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Joe, just demo'ed a Sony 2000ES, looks pretty good. Have you tried one?
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Could also have a lot to do with screen material, ambient light.. etc...

Gamma 3 is the most accurate though according to the Sencore analyzer though.

Wish I had a HD/BR player so I could really try it out.

Well, I have a high gain screen--VuTec 6.0, and total light control in the room.
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Same screen here. I posted a couple of pics to show my settings. As for the Pioneer 95FD I have not ever experienced a single frame drop at all. I have watched about 10 movies on it so far. I have not had a chance to see the new sony. Is it nice?
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What? No 2.35:1 screen?

Looks very nice Joe. Any pics of the seating/rear of theater? close up of the equip rack?

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Ok, I found a tweak for the gamma. It is under the service menu and go to "Display Engine" and it is "02 DE/UF SW" and the default is "1". I found changing it to "0" helps a bit with the gamma.

This setting controls the gamma shading and with it set to "0" I noticed my 100 IRE looks more white. Also I ran the gamma test and it is flat across the spectrum and a bit closer to 2.2

It is not a drastic change in the picture but it should help with bright whites.

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One of the Black Pearl and another of my rack. Also one of the screen (recently) before I painted the area black...
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Man, dude ! Do you ever have it goin' on there!!! That is sweeeet. Now I see why ya have the bright screen...with the medium-ish tone walls ! Well it looks great. Now we want the screen shots.
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Thanks! I would love to post some screen shots. I just need some practice.

Also, I know it sounds sick but I have the Colts/Pats game on with Dynamic and custom temp 1. Also black level on high and even gamma 3! It looks like a freakin plasma! But plenty of eye candy!

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I bet painting the area around the screen made a world of difference!

For screenshots, I would make sure that the color balance is set to daylight, use a tripod, and do longer exposures on a freeze frame.
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Awesome. i will try that... Thanks...

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Joe, your theater is damned awesome! When can I come over? I notice you have food prices "competitive " with most movie theaters these days. Sheeshh...a guy can't even get a break at home!
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I think that if Joe had decided on 3 chip DLP, those prices would be substantially higher.
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Ok, I found a tweak for the gamma. It is under the service menu and go to "Display Engine" and it is "02 DE/UF SW" and the default is "1". I found changing it to "0" helps a bit with the gamma.

This setting controls the gamma shading and with it set to "0" I noticed my 100 IRE looks more white. Also I ran the gamma test and it is flat across the spectrum and a bit closer to 2.2

It is not a drastic change in the picture but it should help with bright whites.

Mark,

Your Gamma tweek HIT THE SPOT! Thanks man, now I have rich blacks AND detail. Wooohhhoooo!

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So how do we access the service menu?

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So how do we access the service menu?

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It is the same as the VW50.

And since it was already posted in that thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0+Service+menu

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PLEASE DON"T GO INTO THE SERVICE MENU UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING - IF YOU PLAY WITH OTHER THINGS IN THE SERVICE MENU YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PUT THE SETTINGS BACK PROPERLY! GO INTO THE MENU AT YOUR OWN RISK!


Enter, Enter, Left, Enter will allow you to access the service menu.

Enjoy!

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Ok, I found a tweak for the gamma. It is under the service menu and go to "Display Engine" and it is "02 DE/UF SW" and the default is "1". I found changing it to "0" helps a bit with the gamma.

This setting controls the gamma shading and with it set to "0" I noticed my 100 IRE looks more white. Also I ran the gamma test and it is flat across the spectrum and a bit closer to 2.2

It is not a drastic change in the picture but it should help with bright whites.
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