Originally Posted by Lotheron
I received my new K330 and I added a Pioneer receiver to the mix and I still was getting the same HDMI drop outs. I've been using the same HDMI cable because of the distance (20ft), it's the only one I have long enough to reach. I'm going to get a bigger gauge cable and see if that takes care of it. It did not seem to have issue on my AppleTV, however.
I don't think cabling is the issue. I get dropouts with a 3ft long 24awg high speed certified cable. When a device has problems with a quality 3ft cable it is more than just finicky. The fact that mine cuts out when moved ever so slightly suggests a defect in the HDMI socket or the soldering of the HDMI socket to the board.
This signal loss thing a total deal breaker. There's no way I'm keeping a projector that cuts out so frequently. Has anyone heard of the other clones sharing this defect? I have heard that they can be slow to sync to a signal. That's fine. What I care about are dropouts after the signal is acquired.
I'm coming from a $1.5k 1080p HT projector. The K330 was bought to save bulb hours on the HT projector during junk TV watching (shows that no one cares much about.) For me, the K330 is just barely good enough for that task.
Before the purchase, brightness was my main concern. I'm happy to say that the K330 is bright enough for watching daytime TV. Our HT room is light controlled but we do not do serious light control for daytime TV. Even with a fairly bright room, the brightness of the projector is "good enough" with a 48" tall 16:9 image.
Color reproduction is not good. I wouldn't even call it adequate. I have not tried adjustments in the hidden menu. I have played around with the standard menu color adjustments. There is a serious overdrive of reds in some scenes. I have not been able to remedy it without negatively impacting the other colors. This color thing is strange. Some HD scenes look great but most do not. The color reproduction is highly scene dependent and not at all consistent. I wonder if scenes with little red are the ones that look good... I'm not knowledgeable enough about color issues to know.
The remote is total crap. Aside from its physical deficiencies, the range is horrible and I often have to aim and press buttons multiple times.
The menu interface is strange and there are not a lot of adjustments that can be made. Also, the menus can be slow.
I consider the eco mode fan noise to be ok. It is loud in regular mode. The projector is about 8 feet away from our seating and the fan (in regular mode) can easily be heard when the program audio is low.
There is a protrusion on the bottom of the projector that is very close to the threaded hole used for tripod mounting. The cleat of a standard sized tripod overlaps the protrusion. This prevents the K330 from sitting flat (side to side) on the tripod. My tripod does not have a side-to-side "roll" adjustment that can correct for this and I don't think most inexpensive tripods do.
There are many things that I don't like about the K330. However, it is cheap, bulbless, and "ok" for casual TV. That's enough for me to consider it a good purchase provided I can get one that doesn't exhibit the HDMI signal loss problem.
People who are not used to HT projectors being might very happy with the K330 even for movie watching. I would have been ecstatic to have this thing in my apartment when I was a college student.