Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Perth, Australia
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Considering there's no real W1400 thread I thought I'd post here, they're essentially the same projector anyway aside from the one obvious feature.
So, I've had a 3 LCD 3D projector for the last few years, a Panasonic AE7000. In 2D it's great, in 3D it exhibits terrible ghosting/crosstalk in cold weather which seems to be getting worse as the lamp ages so I thought I'd try a full HD DLP for 3D viewing.
Firstly I have to say the setup is a pain in the neck, the Panny was so much easier. I have my projector mounted on a bookcase behind my seating so it points directly at the center of the screen. Unfortunately I had no idea that this projector projects upwards at about a 45 degree angle! So I've had to tilt it quite severely downwards and then employ some serious keystone adjustment to get it looking even remotely decent.
Anyway, the first problem I encountered is that the 3D glasses were DOA. This seems to be a common problem with this particular model of glasses (DGD24 or 5J.J7L25.002) with a lot of unhappy Amazon customers reporting it. The workaround is to plug it into a laptop via the USB cable and turn the glasses on while it's plugged into that. So with that problem (kinda) solved I started up a 3D movie, the glasses synched fine after a few seconds waiting for the signal to be detected by the projector. First thing I noticed is that the image looked very soft, even though I had turned up the sharpness to the max in 2D mode so I checked the sharpness setting and sure enough it was still set to the max. Turning it back a level then going back up kicked the sharpness back to where it should be. Weird, and it happens pretty much every time the projector synchs to another source, both 2D and 3D. The difference between one level and the next is huge too, going from very soft to tack sharp. To me that's a minor problem, I could live with that but what I'm really unhappy about is the motion in 3D. It's hard to describe but it appears as if the left/right synch is inverted (or perhaps it looks more like the depth is inverted, if that makes sense). Basically, in any scene with even a small amount of movement and especially in fast action scenes the picture is a mess, it looks terrible. I also get black 'flashes' when the movie transitions between scenes. I have had some periods where it seems to almost fix itself, it at least gets rid of the black flashes but the motion still isn't great but once I move to another source and the projector resynchs it happens again..........as well as the sharpness problem returning. The glasses are definitely not inverted as I've tried that and it doesn't fix the problem. Now this issue sounds an awful lot like what trustedreviews reported when they reviewed the W1500:
"The most alarmingly bizarre thing about the W1500’s 3D pictures though, is their borked depth handling. They frequently seem to get 3D depths wrong, with some background objects seeming to exist in the foreground and vice versa. This makes the sense of space inconsistent and proves hugely tiring on your eyes, which are forever trying to refocus themselves to get things in the perspective your brain knows you should be seeing.
We hoped that adjusting the image’s 3D Sync Invert setting might fix the problem, but no; if anything our eye ache got even worse."
People have suggested that this reviewer used the wrong glasses, that he used 120hz glasses instead of 144hz. From what I've read, my glasses are 144hz yet it appears I'm experiencing exactly what this reviewer experienced with his projector. The firmware on my unit is 1.02 but I can't seem to find any updates for the W1400, only the W1500. I have to return the glasses anyway due to the problem outlined above and I'll probably get a pair of TrueDepth glasses which I know for sure are 144hz. I'm hoping these will make a difference. Until then, has anyone had similar issues with their W1400/W1500 and does anyone know if the firmware updates for the W1500 are compatible with the 1400?
I do like the 3D image on this projector when it displays properly, there's almost no ghosting which gives the image a much more solid look compared to 3LCD 3D.