After some more movie clips, the pizza arrived.Here's Steve about to enjoy some classic "pizza and beer".And Greg doing the same.After the pizza we compared my Infocus 4805 with my Samsung H710-AE.
The obvious standout difference between the two, was the SDE with the 4805. Another thing I pointed out was the light spill from the 4805 compared to not having it with the 710. Since I barely use the 4805 anymore, I forgot about how much the 4805 lights up the wall above my screen.
I'm glad that Ward was able to see the 4805 on a high gain screen.
After the projection comparison, we turned on the Toshiba HD-DVD player and watched the demo disc I put together the night before the meet. The upscaling of this player is phenomenal, IMO. I was stunned when I saw the Toy Story 2 demo. (This was the first time I actually watched this scene on my 710.) During some of the bass heavy clips, Robert wanted to go and hear what my theater sounded like outside. He said that a piece of my aluminum siding was flapping. He really liked my PB12+/2 and Axiom QS8's.
Of course, SD DVD clips weren't the only stuff we watched, I also showed off my HD-DVD movies throughout the night. I did a direct comparison of a scene from the movie "Equilbrium". I imported the HD-DVD version from Japan and it arrived the day of the meet, much to my pleasant surprise. The scene I compared was the "puppy" scene. The colors of HD-DVD and the obvious extra detail are amazing. I really hope the general public buys into the HD formats as I don't want to buy any more SD-DVDs after being spoiled by the few HD-DVDs I have.
I also did another Xbox 360 demo with the game "Burnout: Revenge". It's a fast paced racing game, with lots of crashes and explosions. The surround sound of the game is very well done. Greg, Ward, and Leif all gave it a try. It was difficult to pry the controller from Ward's hands.
Finally, at the end of the night, a few stayed around to watch "Serenity" in HD.Steve, Lief, and Ward watching "Serenity".Todd, Steve, and Leif.
I had a fantastic time at the meet and I'm glad that everyone was able to enjoy my theater. I thank Robert for providing the alcohol, Charlotte for putting up with the loud noise (although she did take a break and ran up to the bar for a few hours), and my neighbor for not complaining about the all day and night noise. Thank you all for coming and I hope you'll come back for future meets.
Final List of attendees:
Chris and later in the night, his wife Kathy
Robert and Michelle