Originally Posted by prepress
The Mini-3D has only 2 inputs and one output (all HDMI). Is that really enough for you? I guess so, plus the next model up (XS-3D) is $1000 more. In my setup I'd need the XS. The XE is too rich for my blood, at least for its funcrion in my system. After reading the XE/Duo comparison in Home theater
, I'm curious about the XS even though I have the Duo, which meets my needs. The phrase, "last bit of performance you'll find in the Lumagen line" got my mind swirling a bit. But since I'm only a "semi" hobbyist, the other side of me should talk me out of buying one and selling off the Duo. Should
. Also, the Lumagen menus are more cmplex to navigate. Are you finding that with the Mini-3D?
For input 1 I have my Oppo BDP-95 plugged in and in input two, I have the Integra DHC-80.3 output HDMI cable plugged in, with all my other gear plugged into the Integra. The video processing is turned off completely on the Integra processor. In other words, every piece of gear I own benefits the Lumagen Mini3D since all signals reach the Lumagen RadianceMini 3D. This is the only reason I was able to purchase it, as I have way too many components. You could do the same thing, as long as your processor allows you to turn off video processing 100% (Lumagen has a list of which processors/receivers allow this and which ones don't.)
Also, in the event that I wanted different settings for each device connected to the Integra processor, the Mini3D has virtual inputs, which automatically switches settings when the source is switched. This device covers a lot. The menu can be complex; however, it loses some of its shock value once you spend some time with it. I would never try to calibrate it myself (got that professionally done), but it's definitely fairly intuitive, given how much the device can do. One must ask: how does an organization logically arrange so many options? I think they did a pretty good job of it. There are DEFINITELY functions you will have to look at the manual for. Anytime I go into the menu, I pull up the manual in iBooks on my iPad so it's close by, just in case.
Edit: Before making the purchase of the RadianceMini 3D, Randy at Lumagen assured me that the performance is identical across all Radiance products (XS and SE)....the higher prices of those models are driven only by the additional hardware of the analog inputs and extra (2nd) HDMI output. In other words, as long as you don't need analog processing, the Mini 3D will give you the same performance as the XE. It's a mindblowing value--I'd definitely say it might be worth trading the Duo for.