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post #901 of 925 Old 08-19-2014, 11:41 AM
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Is there something in particular that you want improved over your Epson that you are looking to upgrade?
Oh, I just wanted a dark colored projector to match my new ceiling.

Things I like about the Sony:

-Excellent contrast ratio
-Increased brightness; tested as the highest output of the "serious" projectors in it's category
-Curious to play with Reality Creation as it was rated highly among the "picture enhancers"
-I've never had 3D, and I'm not expecting much, but it will be interesting to try
-I don't use a scope screen, so the lack of lens memory was a non-issue for me

Overall I was very happy with my Epson, but I quickly got the upgrade bug and wanted to try something new. I blame Brandon @beastaudio . I'm hoping this will be my last projector until 4K becomes mainstream. It seems promising!

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I'm curious to see what your impressions are of 3D ... the "real" 3D films actually work in my opinion on a large screen (your 135" qualifies as large) ... the "fake" 3D films to me just look awful and detract from the movie

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I'm going with the Sony VPL-HW55ES. I was very interested in this model as well as the JVC RS46, RS49/4910. In short, I would have been very happy with either of them.
Nice choice! What made go with the Sony over the JVC?

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Does the Sony have lens memory for constant image height (CIH) w/o an anamorphic lens?

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Nice choice! What made go with the Sony over the JVC?
Simple - I found a good buy on a sony.

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Does the Sony have lens memory for constant image height (CIH) w/o an anamorphic lens?
It does not.
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I'm going with the Sony VPL-HW55ES. I was very interested in this model as well as the JVC RS46, RS49/4910. In short, I would have been very happy with either of them.
Cool. I was going with the same PJ at first, but winded up going with the Panny AE8000U. Some people told me back on Cyber Monday to jump on the Panny as I got it for $1780 after rebate. I actually installed it yesterday, first time it has been out of the box since January. Played around with it last night for the first time, I am such a PJ noob. Luckily Jonathan has the same one and I can bug him for advise.

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Cool. I was going with the same PJ at first, but winded up going with the Panny AE8000U. Some people told me back on Cyber Monday to jump on the Panny as I got it for $1780 after rebate. I actually installed it yesterday, first time it has been out of the box since January. Played around with it last night for the first time, I am such a PJ noob. Luckily Jonathan has the same one and I can bug him for advise.

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Thanks Dave. From what I've read I think you will really like the panny 8000. I'm not into the video stuff nearly as much as audio, but I can appreciate I nice picture.

Received and installed the Sony tonight! First impressions - Really, really, really nice picture right out of the box. Relatively easy swap from my Epson. Contrast is VERY nice, picture is super sharp, and blacks are very deep. I don't care much for the "motion control" feature so I'll be leaving that off. "Reality creation" seems nice, although not drastic at least with the lower settings. When I popped in Art of Flight I would have sworn it was in 3D! PLENTY of light output for my room and screen in pretty much all modes. "Game" / high lamp mode has some crazy output. Only negative I can see vs. my epson is that the lens shift adjustment is more limited. I am still impressed with my epson considering cost and the blacks on the epson were really nice as well. Overall happy with the purchase, especially considering I'm not much of a videophile at all.

It's been a long day, so more tomorrow including my first trial of 3D.
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That is one nice looking projector. ..
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Thanks Dave. From what I've read I think you will really like the panny 8000. I'm not into the video stuff nearly as much as audio, but I can appreciate I nice picture.

Received and installed the Sony tonight! First impressions - Really, really, really nice picture right out of the box. Relatively easy swap from my Epson. Contrast is VERY nice, picture is super sharp, and blacks are very deep. I don't care much for the "motion control" feature so I'll be leaving that off. "Reality creation" seems nice, although not drastic at least with the lower settings. When I popped in Art of Flight I would have sworn it was in 3D! PLENTY of light output for my room and screen in pretty much all modes. "Game" / high lamp mode has some crazy output. Only negative I can see vs. my epson is that the lens shift adjustment is more limited. I am still impressed with my epson considering cost and the blacks on the epson were really nice as well. Overall happy with the purchase, especially considering I'm not much of a videophile at all.

It's been a long day, so more tomorrow including my first trial of 3D.

Aaaahhhhhhhh shiny new toy!...lol
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It's going to be tough sitting at work today when I know I have this thing waiting at home for me to come and play. I don't have much else planned besides putting a few hours on it tonight.
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Thanks Dave. From what I've read I think you will really like the panny 8000. I'm not into the video stuff nearly as much as audio, but I can appreciate I nice picture.


Im not a video person either, that is my Dad. Dude had the best picture in town in 1980 off a tower antenna. (No cable available till 83) Me, I'm all audio also and a nice picture is appreciated. I figured I will play with the Panasonic for awhile and get my feet wet in projection and move on up down the road here to something, maybe one of these 4K machines. Good luck with it.
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Thanks Dave! Unless this guy breaks outside of warranty and the repairs are unreasonable, I can't see any reason to change to something else until 4K becomes very mainstream.
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Thanks Dave! Unless this guy breaks outside of warranty and the repairs are unreasonable, I can't see any reason to change to something else until 4K becomes very mainstream.

Who are you kidding? 2 years, tops.

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Who are you kidding? 2 years, tops.
Haha. Like I said I'm not a huge "video" guy, but I'd have to imagine diminishing returns would quickly set in beyond this point. I've got a long way before I even switch bulbs and just sent in for my 2nd free included bulb yesterday for this unit. I should be set for a quite a while.

Besides, you've got to be impressed I still have the same set of mains for well over a year now!!
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Haha. Like I said I'm not a huge "video" guy, but I'd have to imagine diminishing returns would quickly set in beyond this point. I've got a long way before I even switch bulbs and just sent in for my 2nd free included bulb yesterday for this unit. I should be set for a quite a while.

Besides, you've got to be impressed I still have the same set of mains for well over a year now!!
Let me know when you are ready to sell those mains
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Haha. Like I said I'm not a huge "video" guy, but I'd have to imagine diminishing returns would quickly set in beyond this point. I've got a long way before I even switch bulbs and just sent in for my 2nd free included bulb yesterday for this unit. I should be set for a quite a while.

Besides, you've got to be impressed I still have the same set of mains for well over a year now!!
I bet you keep it over 2 yrs. My BenQ PE7700 turns 9 yrs old soon and is still going strong. However I am on my third set of speakers in the same time period (Paradigm 9SeMKIII, Magnepan MMG, and now Pi Speakers 4 Pi).

When the PJ dies I will get a new one, hopefully a full 4k (from 720p to 4k should be a significant upgrade). This is assuming I don't go crazy and buy new LCR speakers.

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I'm still set on keeping my entry level Epson 8350 until it's time for 4K. Recent posts in this thread are making it a little harder to stick to my guns on that though...
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I bet you keep it over 2 yrs. My BenQ PE7700 turns 9 yrs old soon and is still going strong.

Apparently you don't know the ape man all that well. While he's definitely into audio more than video, he can't sit still long enough for anything like that.

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Man 9 years huh? The only thing I have had 9 years is my wife and kids.

It is a sickness this hobby and really every other hobby.
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Man 9 years huh? The only thing I have had 9 years is my wife and kids.

It is a sickness this hobby and really every other hobby.
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Apparently you don't know the ape man all that well. While he's definitely into audio more than video, he can't sit still long enough for anything like that.
I bet he doesn't keep it 9 yrs...but 4k is so close to becoming mainstream (ie massive price drop) that I think the Sony will carry him through.

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Man 9 years huh? The only thing I have had 9 years is my wife and kids.

It is a sickness this hobby and really every other hobby.
Its almost as old as my kid....I am much more a music guy the movie guy. It 9 yrs I have less than 2,000 hours on the bulb. He'll @carp probably has 2,000 hours of Through the Never on his PJ.

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Reef, that is signature worthy right there. I literally laughed out loud.
Ditto...sometime I am going to have get down your way to see the JVC and hear your Danley's. The ones you brought the popalocks were pretty killer, and the fact you like these even more is intriguing.

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Ditto...sometime I am going to have get down your way to see the JVC and hear your Danley's. The ones you brought the popalocks were pretty killer, and the fact you like these even more is intriguing.

It's worth the trip
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