Originally Posted by HTPC_Dude
Received my 8350, waiting for a new ceiling mount to arrive (Peerless PRG-UNV) but set up the projector on a table in front of the screen just to check it and I have these observations:
1) Like many have said, this projector is much larger than expected, 3x larger than my HC1500.
2) The lens shift is different than I expected, one wheel adjusts horizontally, the other wheels seems to shift the lens on an angle or if you move the wheel back and fourth it kinda moves up and down. The wheels just seem so cheap feeling that it's like I'm going to break something inside the projector.
Answer me this, how does the lens shift work? Are you shifting the lens relative to the chip, turning a mirror? Is there any picture degradation when using the lens shift?
3) The projector is very quiet (one of the reasons I bought this over the HC4000), my A/C vent is now the loudest thing in the room.
4) I didn't hook up a source yet but just going into the MENU and putting up the test pattern I don't see any convergence issues. My temporary setup on the table is too close to the screen to fill the screen with an image but so far so good.
HTPC_Dude, I just received my 8350 on Tuesday. I got a refurb from Projector People. I have many of the same observations as you.
With all the recent negative posts (well deserved) I was more than a little worried about the quality of the projector I would be getting. I temporarily set up the projector in the living room. Once it got darker outside I projected onto one of the only blank walls in the house. The wall limited me to a size of roughly 72" wide. These are my initial impressions:
- I immediately checked for convergence issues. I used the built in pattern that the projector has. The convergence looks nearly perfect until I get to the line at the far right side of the pattern. Here I can see very, very slight miss-convergence. Nothing I am at all concerned about. I can't see any other problems, no dust blobs, nothing. I feel I got a great unit.
- This is my first projector and I now fully understand how nice it is to have lens shift. My temporary position was quite a bit out of whack, but with lens shift, I got the picture right where I needed it. Very easy to do!
- The wall is painted a darker tan, so it's not ideal at all. But WOW! Unbelievable picture even right out of the box. Already, this thing looks like a giant LCD TV hanging on the wall!
- While viewing, I'm sitting on a chair right next to the projector. In eco/cinema mode, the projector is nearly silent. It gets slightly noisier at each step up in brightness. In dynamic mode (or holy sh$t is this thing bright mode), which I will never use, it makes about the same amount of noise as my PS3 slim. While in cinema mode, with the iris on, I can hear the iris operating and it does sound like a computer hard drive. It's fairly quiet and I don't think I will be able to hear it when the projector is mounted on the ceiling in it's final position.
- I spent the next couple hours glued to the image on the wall. I was reluctant to take it down the next day, but I now have a lot of work ahead of me to convert my theater from 65" RPTV to projection.
Thanks to many people for all the informative posts made in this thread and others. Particularly MississippiMan, Coderguy, and others who tirelessly share their wealth of knowledge!!!! I spent the last few months scouring threads about the Epson 3010, Optoma HD33, Benq 6000, Mitsubishi 4000, and a couple others. In the end I think I made the right decision (for me) going with the 8350. Thanks!
Now the work begins. I will be building my own 110" 16x9 screen using the acoustically transparent Seymour Center Stage XD material. My buddy just got a screen from them and it's just amazing to see the great projection and the great sound coming from the same plane as the main speakers. I never posted pictures before of my theater, but I'll have to post some before & after photos once everything is done. I can't wait to get there and post my final impressions.