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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Douglasville, GA
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After 2 weeks living with the D803W-3D I will say my biggest (nearly only) complaint is the multiple steps necessary to enable 3D. It's 2-menus deep and requires you first to enable DLP-Link and then select the source mode. It also doesn't remember your most recent source mode and always defaults to Frame Sequential. When you first enable DLP-Link, it exits the menu all together to perform an "Auto Image" adjustment from 2D to 3D brightness and contrast (compensating for the glasses), meaning you have re-enter the menu and drill back down to the 3D Settings. Also, each time you change the source mode, the cursor jumps back to the top of the menu, meaning you have to move down 3 lines to the source mode selection each time. It's A LOT of button presses to enable SBS 3D starting from regular 2D operation.
Secondly, and to a much smaller degree than the above complaint, the fan can be a bit on the loud side, especially during the 30-seconds or so it takes for the projector to start up and initially acquire the source. That said, the fan rarely spins up to full speed during regular operation.
Also, again very minor, the source-selection and power-off notifications are at the absolute bottom-left edge of the image... with any over-scan at all (highly likely with fixed/ceiling mounting with no lens shift for compensation) this leaves some of the box/text overlapping the screen border. To me, this makes the screen aiming/alignment look sloppy even with extremely minimum over-scan... moving the menu box in and up 10-20 pixels would eliminate this all together. Another very minor concern, but worth noting.
Lastly, for anyone programing a Harmony remote for the D803W-3D, it's not yet in the Harmony database. The D412 shares the same remote code set, but doesn't have discrete input codes for the HDMI 1 and 2 inputs. Discrete input codes obviously aren't on the stock remote either, but many times Harmony will have these codes if they exist. My D803W-3D lives on HDMI 1, so it's not a problem for me. I've also had problems getting the Harmony 900 to properly power off the D803W-3D. Assigning a discrete power off command and defining it as power-toggle x 2 strangely doesn't do the trick, with too much lag between the two power-toggle commands (regardless of IR delay settings). To get around this I added a single power-toggle command to the exit sequence for each activity. This has the side-effect of briefly displaying the red "power off" box on-screen when switching between activities, but it does get the power-off sequence working properly.