I hadn't considered the possibility of "buyer's bug," but yeah, OK, I will! Actually, I didn't realize that there could be a downside to "upgrading." My eyesight isn't poor at all (with glasses on), but I am "total green blind," meaning colors look different to me than people with normal color vision (i.e. all 3 sets of color detection cones in their eyes). The fact is I do watch a fair amount of sports and for that the Z2 is adequate, pretty much completely, AFAIK
. It's movies that drive me nuts. Many have night scenes and they usually come off very badly indeed on the Z2. But my throw distance is going to be 9' 8", that is just the way the room is set up, so if I get another PJ, I want it to have great contrast using that throw distance. I can have the room virtually dark, or dark enough, that's not an issue. Maybe I can demo some PJs, I guess I should look into that. The Z2 is speced at 1300:1 contrast. Several of the PJs I could get now spec at 7000:1 or 10,000:1. Is contrast just plain awesome on those? I'm only familiar with mine.
Evidently I shouldn't get too bright a PJ because:
1. I don't need the brightness at <10' throw distance.
2. A very bright PJ won't have very black blacks.
That is unless I can throttle down the machine.
Honestly I'm in no hurry to get another machine. This morning I was thinking that I maybe had to if I wanted to have a PJ. However, that "fix" I described in the last post seems to have worked. I just used the Z2 for over 4 hours and the problem did not occur. AND I got an idea: To keep those screws from losening again and keep the fan from moving and the blades striking some surface I will remove the cover again and apply big dabs of contact cement on top of and around the heads of those screws. I LOVE contact cement, it's one of the most versatile DIY materials ever invented. That stuff sets hard, tough and slightly flexible. It NEVER gets brittle. It should hold those screws right where they are and some around the circumference of that fan will also hold it in place. So, I figure I have a working PJ, no hurry to get another. If I can get another without costing a whole lot (I did pay approximately $1950 for my Z2 back in November 2003) that majorly outperforms my Z2, especially if the contrast is worlds better, I figure it's a good idea. I will do my homework, however, and try hard to get one that makes sense for me in my situation. I'm usually a pretty good shopper. Well, I think so, but of course, I'm biased!
Originally Posted by Bohanna
My guess is since you have the original lamp its whats causing part of your contrast troubles, The picture will get a washed out look if the lamp has to many hours on it since you have to tweak the brightness and contrast settings to get a decent image.
I'm pretty sure I'm using the same brightness and contrast settings I did when the PJ was new, probably the default settings. I haven't touched those settings since 2004 or 2005. I've been running everything the same. The only adjustments I've made are to the screen position (the "shift" adjustments) and the feet height. Plus I've cleaned the filter and blown out dust bunnies, on average maybe every 9 months or so. And today, tightening up those screws that hold the smaller fan in place. I guess whoever installed that fan failed to tighten them adequately.