Finally got everything installed and set up in my home theater, and I definitely have the WOW factor!
I also found out that I worried too much about things that shouldn't have been worried about. Most of my worries were, in part, instigated by threads here
Of course, 100% of my knowledge was also gleaned from the boards. I just need to learn to separate the knowledge from the opinion.Worry:
The screen size would be too bigReality:
123" screen from 10' in the first row was just about right. Any closer and I can see pixels, any further and, well, the screen is smaller. I can see a bit of noise, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Also, it's not as dim as I thought it might be with the brightness of this projector, and it has room to shrink. It is brighter than my rear projector but not as bright as the bedroom plasma as expected.Worry:
The colors would be awfulReality:
They looked great! Sure, there were some noticeable scenes that were over saturated but rarely unrealistically so to my eyes. As my first projector, and coming from an over saturated Rear Projector box tv, it looks great.Worry:
It would be softReality:
While not what I would call sharp standing next to the screen, from where I sit 10' away, I can see many sharp edges and it looks incredibly detailed. Projecting my mac mini looks like I have a gigantic monitor and all the fine text is readable.Worry:
It would be loudReality:
It was a bit loud, especially on high lamp, even with the projector mounted on the back wall. But at normal lamp it was softer than most of my louder equipment.Worry:
DVD's would look badReality:
They do look bad, from the front row. I have to sit in the back row to watch a DVD which is a bit of a compromise, but I'll manage Worry:
Gaming would have too much motion blur to be playableReality:
I notice just as much motion blur as when playing on my CRT. Being larger in my field of vision does exacerbate it, but not unplayably so. Most newer games put their own motion blur when turning anyway, which mixes nicely with the adaptive deinterlacing...Worry:
I'll have some pics up later if I can figure out how and where to put them...