Moar pics time! I **REALLY** should be prepping for the lan party, but dammit I got a new toy! The monster glasses came in pretty early, so I thought, "I got time for a *little* testing, right?"
(as a note, about 15 minutes ago the last batch of paints for my screen paint mix just got here a few minutes ago - I *KNOW* I don't have time for that yet though
So anyhoo --
I got the monster kit that includes the emitter and one pair of glasses. It comes with an IR interpreter so the emitter is compatible with any display with an IR emitter, supposedly. (One important note to anyone using it this way! the emitter needs USB power unless it's hooked up to a 3-pin vesa connection. The epson's USB port wouldn't drive my emitter, so I had to get a 5v USB plug-in like you'd use for a phone charger; cost me $10 at target). Since the epson uses IR glasses, my assumption was that it would be compatible. First hurdle shows up before I even open the box... where's the emitter???
To this point I still haven't figured out where it is. But that brings me to another important point --- in trying to figure out where it was, I also tried to make my IR glasses lose sync...... I couldn't do it. I could not, in any place where I could still see the screen, make the glasses lose sync. Anybody else tried this? Really surprised me - I mean I was happy with my dlp links because they were hard to lose sync with, but not NEARLY this hard. These things are pretty impressive in their capacity to pick up IR.
So anyway - the monster emitter does this thing where it blinks a knight rider style red led back and forth pattern while it's searching for an IR signal, then turns all to a number of green LEDs indicating how good the signal is. I had a 3d test image on the screen when I plugged it in - with wires hanging loose, mind you - and it flashed red for <2 seconds, then turned 5-dots (max) green. Ok, that's good, but still, where's the IR emitter????
I never did find it, so I ended up just hanging the sensor in front of the pj :P
I spent about 20 minutes playing with the tuning, and in the end it was kinda ...meh, bout the same as the epsons.
Now for comparisons!
Epson glasses on test pattern (clearer shot of the test pattern so you can see the circleys, too). [[NOTE- viewing these with the naked eye showed less ghosting than these pictures show; more on that in a sec]]:
RF glasses on the test pattern:
Now notice something in those pics. The outer portions of the image are not as well-separated as the center, right? On either of them. So I did some playing around... And figured out that (no surprise given the arguments I've presented before), the glasses are pretty much the cause of what little ghosting there is If you move the angle of the glasses relating to your eye, you can reduce the ghosting to invisible anywhere in the image, but not across the entire image. But the big thing is, if they're not perfectly aligned, it gets MUCH worse. Example:
I believe that's why I was having a hard time getting pics as good as what I was seeing through the glasses; they were never aligned just right in relation to the camera lens. Also, it seems like the RF glasses are more succeptible to this than the epsons, but that's just based on "I move it around and kinda subjectively evaluate", so I reserve the right to change my mind on that once I've spent some more time with it.
Anyway! I hope this is helping. I'll come back with more detail Monday, including more controlled pics of the old DLP vs the epson (unless somebody gets better comparison pics before then
*EDIT* picasa's having issues, but I'd already typed all this up darnit... I'll edit the post as soon as I get the pics going.