Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Kirkland, WA (Seattle area)
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I've had the projector for a few hours now, my initial experiences:
Damn this thing is better in almost every way than my old Infocus SP5000 - to be expected, that was bottom of the line LCD 720p when it was brand new a few years ago. Not quite as bright as that one - it was an LCD light cannon - but when needed, I can put the picture in bright mode and still get a usable picture for ambient light. I wish there was a button on the remote that would switch between User and Bright, but there is a Mode button, so it still only takes a few seconds to make the change. It's also got better color and contrast than the TV it replaced, which was a 37" 720p Vizio (I got that two years ago when my SP5000 stopped working).
The fan is nice and quiet with the lamp in low-light mode, and the difference between the two modes is so small, there's no real need to put it into high - picture bright mode is plenty bright. AI should definitely be turned off, as was mentioned, it switches the lamp between high and low light based on the picture, so makes the fan go up and down, makes the picture blink brighter and dimmer, and in the long run lowers your lamp's life.
My cable box's HDMI takes a long time to sync with the projector, I had to put the projector in Source Lock to keep the projector from switching back to another input before the sync worked. Also takes a while to re-sync when the cable box changes resolutions.
Oh, and Rock Band 2 says the projector has 23ms video lag (going by auto-calibration using the light sensor in the guitar). Note, that's at 720p - there's probably extra lag caused by upconverting 720p to the native 1080p.
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